Celine Sinclair

Chief Executive

Celine has been our Chief Executive since 2006, and leads The Yard with dynamism and passion. Celine has a long association with The Yard, having been on our Board of Directors before taking the reins as Chief Executive. Celine represents The Yard and disability interests on a number of committees and networks. She began her career at the BBC World Service before returning to education to complete an MSc in Public Relations. Most recently before The Yard, Celine worked in communications for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and YouthLink Scotland.

Celine has led the drive for a long-term strategy of service expansion balanced by the necessity to safeguard and improve outcomes for existing service users. She has been instrumental in growing the skills and diversity of The Yard Board. Celine is a powerful influencer of external strategic thinking in local and national government, and in academic circles. In 2017, Celine was awarded Leading Light at the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards, as well as Director of the Year at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Edinburgh Business Awards. She was also awarded Director of the Year - Small Business at the 2018 IoD Scotland Director of the Year Awards.

Jenny MacDonald

Head of Fundraising & Communications

Jenny leads a small team at The Yard with a fundraising target of over £1 million for 2016. As part of our senior management team, she is responsible for leading the strategic direction and growth of both fundraising and communications. Prior to her role at The Yard, Jenny was Head of Fundraising at Fairbridge in Scotland, so she has a clear passion and understanding of the needs of the youth sector. Jenny has also been a Trustee of Venture Scotland. She is currently seconded as Director of Development based in Dundee until April 2018.

Rachel Mathers

Head of Operations

Rachel has worked at The Yard since 2014 and has been the Head of Operations since April 2015. She heads up our play and operations teams, ensuring our current services are of the highest possible quality, and taking a strategic view on new sites and services. Rachel has worked and volunteered in the play sector for over 15 years, and has for the last nine concentrated on children’s rights and play for disabled children. She has an MSc in Childhood Studies, and a Postgraduate Qualification in Playwork Leadership and Management. She has worked in play and youth work all over the UK and Ireland, with her career covering areas such as adventure play, respite services and advocacy. Rachel is passionate about children’s rights, and ensuring all children have access to high quality, child-centred play services.

Craig Anderson

Projects Development Manager

Craig joined us at The Yard in November 2016. As we launched our plans to build a new centre in Dundee, Craig was appointed to manage the project for us. He also brings a wealth of experience in Facilities Management and in Health and Safety, which will be put to good use. Before coming to The Yard, Craig project managed the design and build of a new Centre of Wellbeing for people with disabilities and long term health conditions for Thistle Foundation in Craigmillar, Edinburgh.