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The committee members

Welcome to the committee! We are a diverse group of individuals who oversee, plan and organize SEDIGs events, conferences, finances and website. Members are elected each year during the annual general meeting.

Karen McMahon | Chair

I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Lecturer in Mental Health. I have extensive experience working within inpatient and outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and my have trained in systemic practice. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I have been central to the implementation of FBT in Scotland. I currently provide FBT training in both Scotland and Ireland and has present on FBT at a number of international conferences. My Current research interests study the contribution that fathers make to Family Based Treatment.

Dr Fiona Duffy | Outgoing Chair

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in NHS Lothian and a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh with a special interest in the research, treatment and care of young people with eating disorders. 

Melanie Stevenson | Administrator

I am the mother of a young woman who is recovering from anorexia nervosa and who was hospitalized initially in the Huntercombe Hospital in Edinburgh. The hospital psychotherapist mentioned SEDIG to me and suggested I might wish to join.  I have attended a few of the carers' conferences. SEDIG is a fairly unique organisation in the eating disorder world in that there are both parents/carers and professionals who have collaborated successfully over the years to bring about changes to patient care.  The neurobiological understanding of eating disorders and the recent developments in Scotland have led to huge improvements.  Nevertheless, there are still areas for change which SEDIG is uniquely placed to bring about and it continues to have much to offer to Scotland in furthering developments in patient care and management.

Margaret Stevenson​ |Treasurer

Margaret is the current Treasurer of SEDIG

Hazel Whyte | Digital Management 

Eating disorders and their comorbid diagnoses create interesting dichotomies for me; I am fascinated by their manifestation and frustrated by their power, yet I am also warmed by an individual’s capacity to overcome them. 

I currently work in PPC And Digital Marketing in the e-commerece sector. Within SEDIG, I oversee the digital content having led the redevelopment of the website in 2012. I am delighted to be a part of this organization and I hope that SEDIG can continue to be a unique forum for patients, carers and professionals to access help, share ideas and support each other. 

Dennis Robertson 

I became aware of SEDIG after our daughter Caroline died of complications with Anorexia in February 2011. I was able to use my position as an MSP to hold Members Debates during Eating Disorder Week - raising awareness on an annual basis 2011 to 2016.  I arranged 2  Eating Disorder conferences at Holyrood and Alex Salmond when he was First Minister hosted an event at Edinburgh Castle again raising the awareness to a  new level.  I am no longer an MSP but will continue to contribute my expertise in raising the awareness of Eating Disorders at a local and national level. I am a husband, father, and Guide Dog Owner.

Ian Macdonald

I am the father of a daughter who has been struggling with the difficulties which an eating disorder can produce. I have been a member of SEDIG for more than ten years and during that time I have served as a committee member, chair and currently treasurer. In conjunction with several others, I have been involved in mounting an annual conference for carers for the past five years. Although I have been involved in the committee as a carer my professional background is as an educational psychologist.

Anne Tremble

Colin and I lost our daughter Linda in April 2011. After, Linda tragically lost her 17 year battle with anorexia we decided to set up a charity in her memory, which we officially started in 2014. This took us back to places we didn't really want to go, but we wanted and needed to tell the story because it is such an important story to tell. We continually try to raise awareness of Eating Disorders locally. It was during my research that I first heard about SEDIG and I decided to join since then I have attended a few of the carer’s conferences. Last year I decided that I would like to join the committee. 

Blanche Golder

I myself suffered from Anorexia at the age of 18 and three years ago watched my daughter become engulfed by this horrible disease at the tender age of 11. I am a Homeopathic Doctor so for me the concept of Mental Health affecting the Physical body is something that I have studied for a long time now. Throughout Josie-Wren's struggle I have become very passionate about ways in which we can provide care for patients with Eating Orders and am actively involved as a Facilitator and Trustee at the Linda Tremble Foundation.

Also on the committee:

Sara Preston, Carol Rayburn, Karen Johnston, Carol Hopkins and Stephen Anderson, 

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