Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is elected at our Annual General Meeting each year. Board members are there to oversee our work, help us shape the direction of the service that we deliver and to represent the interests of the people of Fife – our clients.

We’re grateful for the support and direction provided by our Directors.


Jean Ferguson

Jean is passionate about making Scotland a place where everyone can be their best.  After 30 years working in process excellence and Lean in the private sector she has now switched her focus to developing capability in the voluntary sector.  Jean helps teams deliver more value.  She joined CARF because of the good fit with her mission and values, e.g.

  • CARF vision “A better life for the people of Fife”
  • CARF commitment to continuous improvement
  • CARF social policy team which aims to get root causes resolved

She also volunteers in various organisations in Dunfermline.

Beverley Harrow

Beverley is experienced in running companies with particular involvement in legal matters, contracts, sales and marketing and social media. She has a particular interest in disability and equality rights and has been involved with fundraising for various charities. Prior to joining the board of CARF she volunteered in the frontline offices which gave her a good grounding and understanding of other people’s situations along with a strong desire to help. Beverley has 3 sons and lives in rural north-east Fife.

In her spare time she is proud to be the Chair of Kingdom of Fife Fletchers/Disability Sport Fife archery club and loves to swim and keep fit.

Susan Leslie

Susan has served as a Director of CARF since 2007; first as a nominated Fife Council Director and latterly as a Local Director. She was a primary Headteacher in Fife prior to working in the voluntary sector, for Education Scotland, and as a Fife Councillor. Susan’s current post is as a Lecturer at the University of Dundee.

Her areas of academic interest are Religious & Moral Education, Values & Ethos, Equality & Diversity and Global Learning. In addition to my role at the University I also deliver CPD, relating to these areas of interest, for schools and other organisations.

Susan served as a Lay Member of the Employment Tribunal Services for ten years; hearing cases relating to dismissal, redundancy, wages and all aspects of discrimination.

In her role as an elected Councillor in Fife from 2017-2017, she served on both Social Work and Education Committees and was Chair of the Education and Social Work Scrutiny Committee and Chair of the Appeals Sub-Committee, hearing employment related cases.

She is also a Director of both Auchtertool Community Trust and Christian Education.

Maureen Lyall

Maureen spent forty years in teaching and management posts working to improve services within Fife schools and communities for children, families and staff.

Throughout her working life, Maureen witnessed the decline of the mining industry and that of other Fife employers, the rise of unemployment, and the devastating and generational effect of this on families alongside additional societal factors which have resulted in the development of identifiable areas of social deprivation across Fife. During this time, she accrued an in depth and specialist knowledge of the structure, infra-structure, heritage, political framework and general awareness of diversity within the community of Fife. 

Now retired, Maureen has opted to volunteer her experience and skills to support the work of CARF

Peter McTiernan

Peter’s support for CARF stems from a mutual desire to help those facing adversity.  He brings broad commercial sector experience to the board following a career spent largely with the Mars Corporation and Sony Europe where he held a number of senior management posts with responsibility for business development.  He retired early to care for his wife but remained a voluntary director of the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health which he latterly chaired to facilitate its merger with the Mental Health Foundation.

Norma Philpott

I have been part of the advice sector for over 25 years and CEO of CARF since 2002. I see my director role as supporting the strategic roles and responsibilities of the organisation whilst my day job is very much about taking day to day responsibility for the running of a large advice agency. I have served on various third sector boards, committees and fora over the years both locally and nationally and continue to do this. I want to see CARF flourish and meet the needs of all its stakeholders, and to ensure that clients are at the heart of our service.

Richard Thompson

Richard was born and has lived in Fife most of his life. He has worked in Local Government within Trading Standards and Investigatory role with a non-governmental department for the last 18 years.

Richard has always been keen to ensure the vulnerable individuals are supported and empowered when it comes to their rights, while ensuring they are safeguarded from harm. He has been a keen rugby player and supporter since childhood.

Sandra Wilson

Sandra Wilson joined the board in 2011 on retiring from Fife Council after a career in employment related and information roles. Her experience includes all age careers guidance, writing and editing careers information and managing a network of disability agencies. She is currently chair of RNIB Scotland.

Suzanne Stewart

Alistair Cairns

Kate Stewart