Our Team

We have a committed, dedicated team of staff, trustees and volunteers.

Staff

Michelle Davitt, Chief Executive
Vicki Watson, Fundraising and Communications Manager
Elspeth Fairgrieve, Business Coordinator

Founder

Gillie Davidson MBE

In 2008 our Founder Gillie Davidson was awarded an MBE for ‘services to children in the UK and India’. In 2018 Gillie was shortlisted in the ‘Terrific Trustee’ category of the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards.

Trustees

Sheila Cannell, Richard Dunbar, Alison Erlanger, Chris Horne, Jim Inch (Chairperson), Clare Jack, Mabel Mowatt, Lesley Murphy, James Tulloch, Jim Young (Vice Chairperson).

Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of SLA. To recognise and support this, SLA created the ‘Active for SLA’ (ASLA) group, overseen by the SLA Volunteer Coordinator, who is also a volunteer. ASLA works to harness the diverse skills of the volunteers who help SLA in lots of different ways, some of which include:

  • assisting staff to deliver large fundraising events
  • acting as ‘Fundraising Ambassadors’, independently organising numerous events in aid of SLA
  • undertaking background research for a range of projects
  • helping with a range of tasks in the SLA office.

Some people volunteer with us:

  • Once a year at our family-friendly community fireworks displays.
  • Others on an ad-hoc basis.
  • We’re happy to try and accommodate ‘one-off’ volunteering opportunities, as well as longer-term ones.

We benefit hugely from our team of regular volunteers who devote their time and considerable energies to SLA. We are fortunate to have such proactive, motivated and creative people involved with us, constantly searching for new ways to support the charity.

Everyone’s contribution is invaluable and we are always delighted to welcome new volunteers – please do drop us a line at enquiries@sla-india.org or call us on 0131 629 9112 if you or someone you know would like to volunteer with us.

In India discrimination against girls continues, and is most visible in the uneven child sex ratio, a trend that may be attributed to female foeticide

UNICEF