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Our Trustees

Home-Start helps families with young children
through their challenging times

Trustees help to lead & direct our work


Robin Black

Robin has worked in finance for 26 years as a stockbroker (in London, New York and Hong Kong) and an investment manager (in Edinburgh). He is currently an investment manager with Aegon Asset Management, where he works on the global team. He joined the board in 2018 and became Vice Chair in 2019. He has three teenage children and his hobbies include keeping fit, golfing and cheering on Scotland at rugby. He has degrees from the Universities of Aberdeen, York and Stirling.


Charlotte Nesbit
Vice Chair

Charlotte has been a home visiting volunteer since 2018 and a Trustee since 2019.  She sits on the HR sub-committee. She works as a freelance political producer, whilst not running around after her three children.

Eliza Waye

Eliza Waye
Company Secretary

Originally from Australia, Eliza has worked in the voluntary sector supporting children and families for over 15 years.  With experience working in Foster Care and Residential Care services, since moving to Scotland in 2013 her focus has been on the Early Years and supporting very young children to thrive.  She is a trustee at another charity, as well as studying a Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration.  She enjoys hillwalking with her husband and two Border Terriers, as well as reading and live music. 


Jeanette Scott

Jeanette previously worked in Finance within the Housing Sector. She also a home visiting volunteer with Home Start Leith and NE Edinburgh.  Hobbies include Walking, Reading, Theatre and Travel.


Lisa Black

Lisa is a Depute Headteacher at a local school. Her twenty years experience of supporting children and families benefits her trustee role as child protection officer and equalities and diversity champion. Lisa loves spending time with her husband, two teenage children and her dippy Boxer dog called Flora. 


Phil Capon

Phil has worked in the IT sector in Edinburgh with a number of financial service companies.  A parent of two teenagers, he realises the importance of good parenting in those early years of childhood and is keen to be involved in enabling HSLNEE to make the best of its resources to help local parents during this challenging time.


Derek Ferguson

Originally from Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders, father of two Derek has lived and worked in North East Edinburgh since 1996 having previously studied at Edinburgh Napier University. He has held Senior Management positions in two successful local businesses and is currently the Business Manager in a large, local, high school.


The earliest years make the biggest impact, make sure those years count


Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people we help


We give compassionate, confidential help and expert support


Sharing local expertise can drive local, regional and national change

There for parents when they need us most

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Quality Assurance

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh are proud to have received
a Certificate of Quality Assurance from Home-Start UK.