Our Strategic Board

Our Strategic Board

Our Strategic Board’s key role includes the strategic direction, oversight, policy setting and fund-raising, while that of management are the day to day operations of the Project. They are responsible for driving the organisation forward, supporting the Project’s aims and objectives and ensuring good governance.

First Step Board encompass a variety of skills, knowledge and experience, consisting of local people with the passion, enthusiasm and experience in the fields of Human resources, Finance, Business, Social policy, Early Years and Community development as well as users of the service who are essential in ensuring that we continue to shape the project to meet the needs of local families.

Meet our Board:

  • Claire Gillespie (Acting Chair)

  • Steph Nicolson (Vice Chair)

  • Bea Young (Secretary)

  • William McCarter (Treasurer)

  • Pamela Martin (Advisor, Community Learning and Development, ELC)

  • Mary Preston (Advisor, Early Learning and Childcare, ELC)

  • Andrew Forrest (Local Councillor, ELC)

  • Alana Nunn (Board Member)

  • Lisa Kitson (Board Member)

  • Rachael Croft (Board Member)

  • Harry Hughes (Board Member)

  • Rachel Wales (Board Member)

  • Paule Yimga (Board Member)

Joining our Board

If you would like to become involved in our Board, we would love to hear from you. Board membership is voluntary and unpaid and meet 10 times a year, including ad hoc meetings, if required. Learning and development opportunities exist for all Board members, including full induction training.

If you can devote some time and are motivated to assisting us, we would welcome your application. Please send an initial expression of interest with details of relevant skills and experience to Tina Pollock (Project Manager) at projectmanager@firststepmusselburgh.co.uk


Our Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 29th January 2020. Our guest speaker was Loreen Pardoe (Support from the Start, Haddington Lead) – Intergenerational Approaches.

We also heard from Social Security Scotland who gave us information about the benefits they are delivering currently and in the future.

Annual Report 2018-2019

Our Annual report is available to read here

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We aim to provide a quality service at First Step Community Project and to be helpful at all times but sometimes we may get it wrong. In the event of a complaint every effort will be made to respond quickly and appropriately. Please see our full complaints policy here