Hi, SPN Member (Sign In)

Company no. SC401334 | Charity no. SC042505

Latest News

Did You Know?

Board of Trustees

Meet the Board of Trustees below and read their short biographies to find out a little more about them.  If you want to find out about the wider Smart Play Network team, click here.

Christine Leadbeater


My professional background is in Preschool and Early years. Currently, I manage Dumfries Toy Library which runs in a children’s services centre. The centre is multi agency and is a ‘one stop shop’ for parents of children under 3 years of age requiring support services. As well as an extensive Toy Library, I deliver Stay and Play sessions, a Dad’s group and an Outdoors nature play session. Also I am involved in leading several ‘small tests of change’ as part of the Early Years Collaborative.

Iain Highley


I have worked in accountancy and finance all my working life. My experience ranges from professional practice to financial services and banking to local and central government and statutory bodies. I have been contracting for the last ten years because I enjoy the variety and challenge this kind of work brings. Also I hold an SHNC in accounting and am a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. In addition I have the Financial Planning Certificate and the Mortgage Advice qualification.

Esther Stringer

Company Secretary

I joined the Border Crossing Media team in November 2009 and I’m currently the Managing Director where I run the sales and operations side of the business. As a member of the Market Research Society (MRS), with a MRS certificate in Market and Social Research I design and run all our research and analytics projects including the Action 6.3 Play at Home research project for the Play Strategy. It was on this project that I developed a clear passion for the rights and welfare of all children. Also I was nominated for Young Business Person of the Year 2014 by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and sat on the Market Research Society Scotland’s committee in 2010/2011 and was the secretary in 2011/2012.

François Roshdy

Board Member

I’m the founder of Border Crossing Media; I have extensive experience of planning, developing and managing digital projects that provide a return on investment through the delivery of compelling online user experiences. In my role as lead consultant at Border Crossing Media I have fulfilled the role of Information Architect, User Experience Designer and Program Manager for client and in-house products. As a Father of two small boys I have my hands full most of the time and an expert in juggling work and play. I love nothing more than spending time with my children and watching them grow and develop.

Geoff Sumner

Board Member

I am a qualified banker by profession with 30+ years financial experience covering many different industry sectors. I have extensive practical business experience including areas relating to strategy and business planning, treasury, legal, financial accounting and risk management. I was formerly Managing Director, France and Belgium for Lloyds Banking Group responsible for all internal and external issues in those countries. I have a great interest in the development of children and strongly believe that giving a child a stable and happy childhood can set a child up for life. I am married with two grown-up children and three grandchildren.

Melinda McGarry

Board Member

My work has involved working in the public, private and third sector (Shelter, Age Concern, Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government). From this I bring a wealth of experience working in varying roles as a press officer, campaigner, fundraiser and senior manager. I have been a mentor for young people with Move On. Also I have post graduate qualifications in public relations, journalism and housing management; and currently I’m studying Fine Art at Newcastle University.

Michelle Davitt

Board Member

Michelle has had the pleasure of working in the voluntary sector in Scotland for over 15 years. She has direct experience in running and managing small charities in the advice and disability information sectors. For 7 years she was Senior Project Manager at Pilotlight in Scotland, capacity building in teams with senior business people for a range of charities and social enterprises across Scotland. She has previously been a board member with a fantastic homelessness charity, Rowan Alba. She is currently Manager of Big Issue Invest in Scotland. Michelle lives in Leith in Edinburgh with her partner and their son.