Our team

We support each other on a day-to-day basis in the work that we do in order to improve relationships and improve lives.

Jane Saren

Head of Early Intervention

Jane joined Cyrenians in 2011. She brings experience of managerial roles in public affairs, local government and public policy research, including head of purchasing and commissioning in the local Social Work Department. Jane was involved in negotiating Edinburgh Cyrenians’ first-ever service level agreement with Lothian Region, a founding Managing Director of one of the first Scottish public affairs companies, a Non-Executive Director of Lothian Buses from 2003 – 2009, and a Board Member of the Care Commission from 2005 – 2011. She holds a degree in History from Edinburgh University; and an MBA and Post Graduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods & Statistics from the OU. Her most-prized qualification, however, is RYA Intermediate Windsurfing. Jane and Viki Phillips, Conflict Resolution Services Manager, worked together on the original design of the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution.

Diane Marr

Network Development Manager
Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution

Diane Marr has a first class honours degree in Social Policy, a diploma in Criminology and achieved certification in Leadership and Management. Diane trained and qualified as a mediator over 15 years ago and has a proven track record of professional expertise. Over the course of her career she has mediated hundreds of cases with positive outcomes, with experience in a wide range of practices: community, inter-relationship, additional support needs, workplace, common-repairs and complaints management. She is also an experienced mediation trainer and has supported and supervised other mediators. Diane leads on the development, delivery and management of the SCCR and is committed to developing collaborative and supportive relationships to ensure the SCCR as a national initiative, brings about positive change for families and young people across Scotland.

Caroline Ross

Events' Organiser
Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution

Caroline studied Psychology at Queen Margaret University with a key interest in counselling. She has also worked as a young person befriender, building confidence and interpersonal skills. Caroline first joined the SCCR as the administrator where in a very demanding role she honed her skills to provide support to the line management and team in the development of the SCCR services. In March 2015 Caroline successfully progressed into the current role of SCCR Events’ Organiser. In this role Caroline is looking forward to continuing to deliver events across Scotland as a means of early intervention which improves relationships and lives, and ultimately reduces youth homelessness.

Duncan Gordon

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution

Duncan is a qualified trainer and has worked in a variety of roles within the third sector for many years, working and managing projects related to the employability of ex-offenders and young people at risk of offending. Duncan’s last position saw him involved in workforce development, designing and delivering staff development programmes and performance management workshops. As the SCCR’s Trainer, Duncan delivers Conflict Resolution training to those who work with young people and families and to young people and families across Scotland.

Lipa Hussain

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution

Lipa Hussain graduated from Queen Margaret University after studying Public Relations and Marketing. She volunteered for different charities throughout her University years, including Cyrenians. Lipa joins the SCCR as the Administrator and has been cementing her role within the team. She hopes to be a supportive addition to the team in order for the service to develop and grow. She looks forward to being part of a team that works hard to bring a benefit society and families across Scotland.

Drew Drummond

SCCR Patron
Drummond International

Drew is Managing Director of Drummond International, a family owned Leadership Consultancy business which helps individuals and organisations deal with change, culture and conflict. He is highly regarded for his coaching, interpersonal skills and work in mediation. His experience spans from the shipping industry, to the not-for-profit sector with Columba 1400 through to the public sector working in residential child care. These experiences have helped him and those with whom he works to realise the importance of values led leadership.

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0131 475 2493
Norton Park 57 Albion Road EH7 5QY Edinburgh