NEDC Staff

Board of Directors


Dorothy Armstrong – Chairperson

  • Dorothy has extensive experience working in the NHS and in education. She is a Professional Advisor for the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and has a particular interest in apology and using complaints as a driver for change.
  • In 2010 Dorothy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh for services to nursing.


Ken Crichton – Secretary

  • Ken first became involved with Seagrove when we were looking for a base in North Edinburgh, and at the time he had spare rooms in what we called Hut C, where the new Findlay House now stands.
  • Ken was able to offer this to Seagrove and when that was demolished to make way for the new building, he was able again to make available what had been the Matrons Bungalow. When the hospital finally closed, Seagrove was then able to move to the Gate Lodge until the new Seagrove was ready.
  • Ken was invited to join the Board of Seagrove when he retired, which he did with “great pleasure.”
  • Having just recently seen the new premises for the first time, Ken has stated the he thinks, “it is wonderful, and its so great to think that this site will continue to be involved in caring for people and families as it has done for over 100 years.”


Nigel Hicks – Treasurer

  • Nigel is a qualified accountant, who has held senior positions at the City of Edinburgh Housing Department and at Manor Estates Housing Association.
  • Nigel has been the Finance Director of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association since 2005 and has considerable experience in reporting budgeting and financial management; both in housing and in other commercial areas (publishing, brewing and construction).
  • Nigel is also an occasional lecturer on housing finance to Heriot Watt University Housing Diploma students and on SFHA courses for committee members.


Rita Crombie – Board Member & Volunteer

  • As a Leither, Rita has known about Seagrove since it started, but it was only when she visited with a friend who had been offered a place that she was able to see for herself that all the good things she had heard were true! Rita was so grateful that such an amazing place existed, and knew her friend, and her complex needs, would be well catered for.
  • Rita was delighted to be asked to come back as a volunteer, and very honoured indeed to be invited to be a Board Member. Rita has a lot of experience dealing with relatives and friends with dementia, but states she has “learned so much more from being involved at Seagrove.”


Anne Chalmers – Board Member

  • Anne joined the board in March 2015 and has been a lecturer in Marketing at Edinburgh Napier University since 2001.
  • Anne is a volunteer dog walker for Guide Dogs Scotland, and is an active supporter of Parkinson UK Edinburgh Branch.
  • Anne has a particularly meaningful connection to Seagrove, as her husband was a member. The support and care gave both Anne and Campbell renewed hope and energy, and Anne feels privileged to continue to have a role in safeguarding the service for future members and their family.


James Heslin – Board Member

  • James is an an Engineer whose career has progressed in a number of functions within the Brewing and Leisure industries. James has held various managerial positions in Engineering, Contracts, Facilities and General Management during a career spanning nearly 50 years.
  • James currently works part time as a Projects Manager with Belmond UK, building a luxury cruise train to be launched in Ireland in summer 2016.
  • James is married with 2 grown up daughters and stays locally.
  • When James decided to reduce his working hours he looked for an opportunity to volunteer locally and joined the team at NEDC. Shortly afterwards, James joined the Board of Directors.
  • James states, “I am always in awe of the support provided by the team at Seagrove Centre and hope that in some small way I can continue to support the team in the future.”


Colin Tomassi – Board Member

  • Colin joined the Board in April 2014 and has a career as a Civil Servant with experience in Administration, Service Delivery, Project Management, Inspection and Performance management.
  • Colin has lived in North Edinburgh all his life and is married with 3 children.
  • Colin was previously a volunteer vice chair of a local youth football club for 10 over years.
  • Colin’s father had Vascular Dementia for a number of years and spent his last 18 months in Findlay House. Colin’s mother was also diagnosed with Alzheimers about 5 years ago and continues to live independently with support from family.
  • When speaking about NEDC Colin has said, “I am extremely impressed with the service provided by NEDC and look forward to supporting the Board in making further developments.”


Alistair Cummings – Board Member

  • Alistair’s involvement with NEDC started about 9 years ago, through his position of Transport Manager with the transport provider (SEAG) utilised by Seagrove.
  • Alistair’s family background is in the Leith area of Edinburgh and he continues to have strong links within this community.
  • Alistair was interested in joining the Board of Directors at NEDC as he wanted to be involved with a “caring, well organised centre.”
  • Alistair says he was very privileged to be approached to join the Board and he will continue to support NEDC in anyway he can.