Break The Silence is governed by an independent, voluntary Board of Trustees comprising of a diverse range of skills.

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.

The Board comprises of:-

Marilyn Cairns


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

Lynn is an Independent Financial Adviser and runs her own practice, lives in North Ayrshire with her husband and has been a Trustee at Break the Silence since 2014. Lynn has volunteered with Young Enterprise Scotland for nine years and has also assisted Victim Support Scotland in creating their new Families Bereaved through Crime Unit. She has assisted Public Health Ayrshire and Arran and Police Scotland (Ayrshire Division) in the delivery of trauma informed training and the resilience documentary. Lynn currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Victims Taskforce and is passionately committed to help bring about change to create a fairer, safer community for us all.

Vikki Binnie


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

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.

We're delighted to have an Interim Chair and 5 new Trustees - their details will be uploaded shortly