Families Outside Board of Trustees

Linda Bendle : Chair

Linda Bendle


Linda is CEO of Heavy Sound, a community interest company specialising in re-engaging disconnected young people and adults through meaningful person-centred activities including music, sports, creative engagement, education and mentoring. Through this we help develop life skills towards evolving, positive, future destinations.
Linda is also on the board of Community Justice Scotland, and is a family member of someone affected by imprisonment.

David Mackie : Vice Chair

David Mackie

Vice Chair

David is a retired Sheriff who served on the bench at Alloa Sheriff Court for 15 years.

Douglas Middleton : Treasurer

Douglas Middleton


Douglas is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the Accountancy profession followed by 30 years in the Banking & Finance industry covering equity & debt over origination, portfolio management and strategy disciplines.  Prior to current appointment (Sept 2023) Douglas previously served as Trustee & Treasurer for Families Outside before moving overseas with his employer. He is an experienced Non-Executive Director on various entities.

Asha Anderson : Trustee

Asha Anderson


Asha is the CEO and Co-founder of DragonflAI, a tech startup committed to online safety by preventing the sharing of harmful content. With over 18 years of experience in business and sales operations, Asha brings a wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of business strategy. Asha blends her business acumen with a commitment to driving positive social change, through her role as a Trustee at Families Outside and her ongoing involvement in the Independent Review of Deaths in Prison Custody in Scotland. Asha is also a family member who has first-hand experience with someone affected by imprisonment.

Kim Arbuckle : Trustee

Kim Arbuckle


Kim is a Product Owner in the Retail bank at NatWest Group and she leads a team of Journey Developers who are accountable for continuously improving the end of end customer journeys for debit cards and cheques.  Kim has over 18 years of experience in various roles within NatWest, including Reporting, Frontline Corporate Banking, Corporate Banking Strategy, Risk Frameworks, Board & Executive Committee Governance and Agile Change Delivery.

Kim was keen to join Families outside due to her strong connection to its purpose.  Kim’s foster sister and two foster children all have family members who have been in and out of custody throughout their lives.  Kim also has her own 6-year old so spends much of her time taxiing everyone to various after school activities.  In rare moments of spare time, Kim sings with a musical theatre choir in Glasgow, trains horses and teaches horse riding, as well as renovating an almost 300-year old house in Ayrshire.

Jane Browne : Trustee

Jane Browne


Jane is a senior policy and strategist at Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service in the Ministry of Justice. She has dedicated her 23 years career to social and criminal justice. Working across central and local government and with third sectors to improve services and inclusion for those on probation, released from prison and for those people affected by crime and re-offending. Jane pioneered reducing re-offending boards in England to deliver new services for those hardest to reach in the justice system. She is a trained social worker (probation officer) and received her MSW at the University of Sussex. She also holds an MBA and BSc in Sociology from the LSE.

Verity Caiger : Trustee

Verity Caiger


Verity is a Funding Officer for the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland in the Highlands & Islands team.

Phil Mackie : Trustee

Phil Mackie


Phil is a Consultant in Public Health with NHS Grampian, before this he was the lead consultant for the Scottish Public Health Network. He has had a range of academic roles and is currently an Honorary Professor in Public Health at the University of Aberdeen. He is a former Editor in Chief of the journal Public Health.

Kerry Morgan : Trustee

Kerry Morgan


Kerry started her career in the Police service and then joined the Scottish Government where she has worked in a number of areas including Safer Communities, Justice and Health. She is currently Deputy Director for Redress, Relations and Response Division with responsibility for Scotland’s Redress Scheme and the Scottish Government response to the Scottish Child Abuse Enquiry.

Wendy Sinclair


Wendy has a background in Criminology, Education and Healthcare management and holds both a Bachelor in Education, and from Cambridge University a Master’s degree in Criminology and Management. Having worked in the widely different but linked fields of Immigration, Prisons, Education, Prisoner Transport and Health; she believes her role as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland is the culmination of her previous experience. Her role is to provide confidence that Prisons are contributing in the widest sense to a safer community. She believes it is important to use a holistic approach to reducing reoffending that recognises the influences of trauma, low levels of education, employment and chaotic community experiences.  During her previous career with an international range of custodial and immigration services, she won awards and recognition for her work in rehabilitation and reintegration.

Wendy thoroughly enjoys working in the justice sector and maintains that there is no other job with comparable satisfaction. For the Board at Families Outside, Wendy also brings commercial and public sector justice experience in Prisons, immigration, and escorts, has a background in Education, and is a qualified teacher.

Jandy Stevenson : Trustee

Jandy Stevenson


Janet (Jandy) is a chartered accountant and, for 14 years until she retired from professional practise in December 2016, specialised in the audit of charities. Jandy was seconded part-time for two years to The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) when it was established and this, together with experience gained from serving as a Trustee on several different boards, encouraged her interest in charity regulation and governance. An interest in the criminal justice system began with an appointment as a Trustee at SACRO and widened as a result of carrying out audits at APEX and Families Outside when in professional practice. She is a member of The Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO).

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