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Capella Charity Announces New Board Members Empowering Lasting Change Through Learning

Posted: 13th May 2024

Capella is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ian Glen, Janyce Holmes, and Dr Adrian de Andres to the charity’s Board of Trustees.

These new members bring unique skills, perspectives, and a shared commitment to Capella’s mission of lasting change through learning. They join an esteemed and experienced Board of Trustees whose valuable contributions to the organisation enable the charity’s services, Sleep Action and Teens+ to thrive.

Dr Ian Glen has over 20 years working in Higher Education as a lecturer and academic quality professional. He currently works as a manager in curriculum transformation at the University of Edinburgh. “It is a huge privilege to help Capella in its goal of lasting change through learning,” said Dr Glen, speaking about his appointment as Trustee. “Education has been so important to my own life, and the education and learning Capella delivers locally through Teens+, and nationally through Sleep Action is vital. Capella allows everyone to thrive, and it is absolutely the type of difference I want to help make for more people.”

Janyce Holmes is an experienced business director and an independent non-executive director on the England Athletics Board. “I am delighted to join a charity that provides a range of opportunities for those who find themselves facing barriers,” Holmes said about her appointment. “I believe that everyone should have the means to reach their potential and Capella delivers this to individuals, families, and the wider community through Sleep Action and Teens+.”

Dr Adrian de Andres, Chief Operating Officer – Offshore Wind at Simply Blue Group, is an executive leader in the renewables industry with a strong focus on strategy, growth and corporate governance. Dr de Andres said of his appointment to the Capella Board of Trustees, “I am excited to join Capella as a Trustee, given the exceptional work the charity is doing. Capella has an ambitious Net Zero strategy and I am delighted to contribute my expertise to its delivery and provide guidance in their decarbonisation journey, which will see Capella become a leader in the sector.”


“We welcome these new Trustees at an exciting time for the charity,” says Gail Burden, Capella CEO. “We have just launched our very ambitious five-year strategic plan outlining goals to do more, reach more people, and drive change at a national level through Sleep Action and at a local and community level with Teens+. Our new Board members will play an invaluable role in this journey, contributing their expertise and passion to Capella as they help guide us on this journey.”

Capella is a registered charity (SC027560) and company limited by guarantee (SC182935) Registered office in Scotland: 60 Ravenscroft Street, EH17 8QW.

Capella also welcomes the appointment of Suzanne Daly and Lisa Otty as the new Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. The charity wishes to thank former Chair Paul Bott, and Trustees Richard Stark and Colin Campbell for their service in support of Capella.


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