NEDC Staff

Board of Directors

  • Dorothy Armstrong – Chair
    • Dorothy has extensive experience working in the NHS and in education.

      She is a Professional Adviser 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
    • I was born and raised in the Isle of Lewis. On leaving school in 1959 I spent 2 years in London in the Home Civil Service before transferring to the Administrative Department of the NHS.My first post in 1961 was in the Lewis Hospital in Stornaway and in 1967 I moved to Musselburgh to work as the Administrator of Edenhall Hospital. In 1971 I moved to the Eastern General Hospital. Over the next 30 years until I retired in 2001, the EGH remained my base although I had something like seven different job titles and had administrative responsibility for (at one time or another) most of of the hospitals in Mid and East Lothian, and some in the City. It was a career I loved and I had the privilege of working with great people.

      I first became involved with Seagrove when it was looking for a base in North Edinburgh, and at the time we had spare rooms in what we called Hut C, where the new Findlay House now stands.

      We were able to offer that to Seagrove and when that was demolished to make way for the new building, we were able again to make available what had been Matrons Bungalow. When the hospital finally closed, Seagrove was able to move to the Gate Lodge until the new Seagrove was ready.

      I was invited to join the Board of Seagrove on my retiral, which I did with great pleasure.

      Having just recently seen the new accommodation for the first time, I think 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
    • A qualified accountant, who has held senior positions at City of Edinburgh Housing Department and at Manor Estates Housing Association.

      He has been the Finance Director of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association since 2005. He has considerable experience in reporting budgeting and financial management both in housing and in other commercial areas (publishing, brewing and construction).

      He is also an occasional lecturer on housing finance to Heriot Watt University Housing Diploma students and on SFHA courses for committee members.


  • Rita Crombie – Member
    • As a Leither I have known about Seagrove since it started, but it was only when I visited with a friend who had been offered a place that I was able to see for myself that all the good things I had heard were true! I was so grateful that such an amazing place existed, and knew my friend, and her complex needs, would be well catered for.

      I was delighted to be asked to come back as a volunteer, and very honoured indeed to be invited to be a Board Member. I have had a lot of experience dealing with relatives and friends with dementia, but I have learned so much more from being involved at Seagrove.

      I spent my life in Education, in the Primary 1-3 area, until I gave up to care for my Mum. I went on the Supply list and then had 13 happy years covering everything from Nursery to Primary 7 and for me, the happiest area of all, being the first port of call for an Autistic Unit in a local school. I realised quickly at that time that the “Early Years” skills were very adaptable to all areas, and I think that has helped me at Seagrove too. Wee ones have a lot of the same needs as those of us at the other end of the spectrum!

      In my spare time I am very involved with Leith Festival which is a huge commitment, as we start planning in June for the next year as soon as the Festival is over. My other commitment is to the Brunton Theatre but happily as an audience member!


  • Anne Chalmers – Member
    • Anne joined the board in March 2015. She 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 – Member
    • I am an Engineer whose career has progressed in a number of functions within the Brewing and Leisure industries. I have held various managerial positions in Engineering, Contracts, Facilities and General Management during a career spanning nearly 50 years. I currently work part time as a Projects Manager with Belmond UK building a luxury cruise train to be launched in Ireland in summer 2016.
      I am married with 2 grown up daughters and stay locally and when I decided to reduce my hours I looked for an opportunity to volunteer locally and joined the team at NEDC as a volunteer in September 2014 offering my services in maintenance, I joined the board shortly after that.

      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.


  • Gill Walker
    • Gill has worked at NHS Education for Scotland (NES) for a number of years, as an Educational Projects Manager and Programme Director, initially with responsibility for managing educational developments in relation to the Integration of Health and Social Care, and more recently Healthcare Associated Infection.  She completed a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Science in 2013.

      Gill has strong values and believes in building on strengths; both of staff, volunteers and the people we work with, so firmly believes in the ethos of Seagrove and is delighted to be part of NEDC.


  • Colin Tomassi – Member
    • Joined the Board in April 2014.

      I am a career Civil Servant with experience in Administration, Service Delivery, Project Management, Inspection and Performance management.

      I have lived in North Edinburgh all my life and I am married with 3 children. I was previously a volunteer vice chair of a local youth football club for 10 years.

      My father had Vascular Dementia for a number of years and spent his last 18 months in Findlay House. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers about 5 years ago and continues to live independently with support from family.

      I have been extremely impressed with the service provided by NEDC and look forward to supporting the Board in making further developments.