Break The Silence is governed by an independent, voluntary Board of Trustees comprising of a mixture of both business and clinical expertise.

The Board of Trustees have overall responsibility for the management of the charity and its strategic direction. Details of Trustee responsibilities can be found in our Governance section.

Organisation Structure

The Board comprises of:-

Marilyn Cairns

Chair, Trustee

A business owner and professional working in the field of precision engineering, Marilyn engaged with Break The Silence originally as a Business Mentor before joining the Board as a Trustee, bringing a wealth of experience in business management, finance, marketing and service development skills to the Board.

Lynn Burns

Vice Chair, Trustee

As a fully qualified, independent Financial Advisor, Lynn brings a wealth of skills and experience in the area of accountancy and finance. Lynn is also an active member of the local community.

Vikki Binnie


Vicki has previous experience in the voluntary sector both recruiting, delivering services and managing a team. Vicki has also worked with South West Scotland Community Justice Authority and is currently Community Justice Partnership Manager for Dumfries & Galloway.

Anne Fraser


As an HR professional and business owner, Anne is a recent addition to the Board, bringing a range of business management skills in addition to providing guidance on all aspects of Human Resources.

Caroline Harrison


Caroline is a Solicitor with ten years’ experience of working with a vulnerable Client group. Holding a degree in Psychology, Caroline has a detailed understanding of counselling and wishes to use her skills to further the development of Break The Silence.

Liz Kelly


As a retired Pharmacist, with many years of experience in the mental health and primary health sectors, Liz brings vital clinical skills and a range of healthcare experience and knowledge to the Board. Liz is also an active member of her local community and a Community Councillor.

Anita Lindsay


As a newly qualified Clinical Psychiatric Nurse, Anita brings with her clinical knowledge and expertise in the field of psychiatric nursing.

Michael J. Malone


Michael J Malone is the author of over 200 published poems, two poetry collections, six novels, countless articles and one work of non-fiction. He has judged and critiqued countless poetry, short story and novel competitions for a variety of organisations, and for a number of years was the Scottish correspondent for Writers’ Forum. Michael is an experienced workshop leader/ creative writing lecturer to writers’ groups, schools and colleges as well as a personal coach and mentor. He has a Certificate in Life Coaching and studied as a facilitator with The Pacific Institute.

Jakki McIlvanney


A former Team Leader within South Ayrshire Council’s Housing Options Service, Jakki has a wealth of experience in working with vulnerable client groups facing complex issues and barriers. She has a particular interest in promoting a holistic approach to accessing suitable housing and attaining a healthy, safe living environment.

Cass McNamara


Cass is the CEO of her company Birthsparks and the inventor of the patented,
multi award winning product, the CUB support. The CUB is exported into 68 countries worldwide and has been widely adopted into NHS maternity services.
Before establishing Birthsparks in 2012 Cass had a long career as a professional,
registered midwife working between the UK National Health Service (NHS) and
in independent practice. She lives in Ayrshire with her husband and three sons. Awards; Midwife of the Year, The Association of Scottish Business Women Award “Woman of Inspiration” 2016, Global Health and Pharma “Maternity Care Executive of the Year” 2017, Winner of the “Innovation in Practice” award from the British Journal of Midwifery 2018.

Anne Reid


Anne is a specialist in business development and customer relations. Working with the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, Anne brings a range of business skills and experience, best practice in process innovation and local knowledge as well as being a committed member of the local community and a carer.

Lesley Wilson


Lesley has been a nurse for 35 years and the last 10 years as a practice nurse in Ayrshire. Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of nursing and working with vulnerable adults.