About our Board of Trustees

Sarah Huque moved to Scotland in 2015 from New York City. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of St Andrews, as well as an MSc in Global Health Implementation (St Andrews) and a BA in Sociology (New York University). Her career has involved research at the intersection of public health and social justice, focusing on disability rights, global health, and suicide and bereavement. Sarah has undertaken volunteer work in a wide range of fields over the years, and her PhD research revolved around the relationships between grassroots volunteers and disability activist organisations in Malawi. She is currently a researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Sarah lives in Dundee with her husband and three bossy guinea pigs.


Jeff Hope is a retired solicitor. As managing partner of Miller Hendry solicitors for over 10 years he dealt with a wide variety of matters including staff, finance, IT and buildings. A former managing director of a financial services company he was also previously a course leader in financial services at Dundee Uni. Between 1993 and 2020 he was clerk to the City of Dundee Educational Trust dealing with all aspects of the day to day running of the charity.

Jeff is married and his wife Christine works in Dundee Carers Centre. He has two grown up children one of whom has just moved to Sweden which helps with holiday plans.


Martin Manzi was educated at Lawside Academy and graduated from Heriot Watt University in 1980 with a BSc Hons in Civil Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and has spent most of his career in the natural gas transportation industry and has held various senior management positions in engineering, safety, risk management and legal compliance. Now retired, his most recent position was Group Head of Safety with responsibility for overseeing the SHE company level strategy for SGN in the UK and for reporting on SHE performance and compliance at Board level.

Martin is a keen football fan and is a Director of the Dundee United Supporters’ Foundation. He lives in Dundee and is married with a son and a daughter.


Pat Malone is a retired bank manager who spent the majority of her career with Royal Bank of Scotland.

She was born and brought up in Dundee and holds a BA (Hons) in Financial Services from Napier University and Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities from The Open University.

Pat enjoys reading, walking and gardening. She is also an active member of the Old Craigie Road Allotment Association.

Pat still lives in Dundee and is married with two children.


Vanessa Martin is a semi -retired self employed, learning and development consultant and leadership coach.  She has lived and worked in the Dundee area for more than 30 years working in roles in Dundee & Angus College, Radio Tay and Dundee City Council in addition to being self employed for the last 7 years.

She has an honours degree from the University of Bradford and an MBA from the University of Abertay together with post graduate qualifications in teaching, coaching and human resources.

She is a keen tennis player, ballet dancer, gardener and dog walker. She has two daughters.


Lisa-Marie has enjoyed a diverse career, primarily in the USA. She spent her early career as a business systems analyst and business intelligence developer in the telecommunications industry. In 2006 she founded a global e-commerce company, which went from zero to seven-figure revenues in eight years. She sold her company in 2015 to focus on fiction writing and is the author of four published women’s fiction novels.