Julia has been actively involved with ESUB since April 2017. As a Trustee, Julia is keen to help ESUB serve the local community in an effective, efficient and sustainable way. She also acted as Interim Operations Manager from early 2020 to spring 2021.
She has done a variety of things in previous decades including working as a consulting engineer, raising a family, and selling stationery. These days she can often be found walking her crazy dog or helping at the foodbank warehouse.
Penny has been with ESUB since it started in 2015. As well as her duties as a Trustee, she enjoys making up packs of school uniform. She works in a primary school so understands why it is important to wear the right clothes to school. She also volunteers at the local youth club and community cafe and if she has any spare time she enjoys tea and craft.
Louise is a Civil Servant working for the Scottish Government and has a strong interest in social justice. She has been involved with ESUB since it began in summer 2015.
Margaret has worked with vulnerable families and individuals in the public and voluntary sector for the past 30 years. She began volunteering with ESUB in July 2019 having seen a BBC article about the project. Knowing that there was a huge need for the service she was impressed by the ease by which referrals could made. Seeing uniform packs move from a referral form to delivery made her want to continue making up and delivering uniform but also become a Trustee. The concept of the uniform bank is a very simple idea but in reality is very difficult to execute. Margaret takes great pleasure in seeing school kids in Edinburgh looking smart in their uniform or preferred skinny jeans and tube skirts, knowing that children and young people who have used the service blend in seamlessly with their peers.
David is happiest with his family and friends, out on his bike or doing a little for those who need a helping hand.
Laura has a legal background and currently works in the insurance industry. She started volunteering with ESUB in July 2019 after experiencing the costs involved in preparing her daughter to start school. She loves being part of a team that helps children go to school feeling confident and cared for.
Janyce is a native of Edinburgh who has recently returned to the city after living and working in London for many years. She is an experienced business director with a background in international commercial organisations, the education sector, and professional services. Alongside this, and raising her family, Janyce was active in several volunteer roles in grassroots youth sport development for over 18 years and has volunteered and supported many charities whose purpose is to alleviate inequality.
Janyce also has an independent non-executive board position with Edinburgh College and is an independent non-executive board director for England Athletics.
Steph works as a consultant in the financial services sector. She has spent most of her career in Edinburgh where she lives with her fiancé, young son, and their mischievous pup! Steph passionately believes in social inclusion and equal opportunities at school for every child. She joined ESUB in 2021, inspired by the impact on families experiencing financial hardship and keen to help promote access to school uniform for the rising number of children living in poverty in Edinburgh.