About Us

AAS Trustees

Dr Waiyin Hatton, Chair

Waiyin has 38 years’ extensive leadership experience working across public and not-for-profit sectors in healthcare in Scotland, England and Wales. Her last post was as Chief Executive of NHS Ayrshire and Arran, ‘creating an environment for people to succeed’.

In 2012, Waiyin set up Wai Beyond to inspire and nurture greatness in people, teams and organisations. A former karate international medallist over a 12-year period, she co-founded Ayrshire Sportsability in 2001 to promote and provide sporting opportunities to people with disabilities.

Waiyin’s belief in giving back to the community is clear in the roles she has taken on over the years. She is currently Chair of Court at University of the West of Scotland and also a Board Director for Scottish Chamber of Commerce. Previous roles include President, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce; First Chair, Institute of Healthcare Management (Scotland); Chair, former Kilmarnock College; Vice-Chair, Ayrshire College; Board Director, Sportscotland and British Swimming.

Recent awards:

  • Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellow 2015
  • Association of Scottish Business Women - New Year Honours: Woman of Inspiration 2014
  • Association of Scottish Business Women’s Best Business-Charity Partnership 2015

Graham Peterkin, Vice-Chair

Graham is a qualified Solicitor who has worked in both the private and public sectors. Since retiring as Deputy Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council, he has been a keen supporter and volunteer of South Ayrshire community-based organisations.

Apart from his involvement in AAS, Graham is also a Trustee of Ayr Gaiety Partnership, which now owns and operates the Gaiety Theatre; Director of Ayr United Football Academy, which develops talented young footballers locally and provides an extensive community programme; Director and Company Secretary of Ayr United Football Club; and Director of Assured Repairs Company, a Social Enterprise which offers a range of housing-related services to the local community.

Nicki Beveridge

Nicki has a wealth of Human Resources and business experience, gained through a variety of corporate and operational roles across different sectors. This experience has encouraged her to start her own business working closely in partnership with clients to create clarity, action and successful opportunities through coaching; HR consulting and workshop facilitation.

As well as being Trustee for AAS, Nicki sits on the Board of Ayrshire College and is Chair of the HR & Organisational Wellbeing Committee.

Vanetha Cuthbert

Having worked in the Marketing and Communications field for global companies for over 20 years, Vanetha now works as a Business Development Consultant, helping start-ups and SMEs with marketing strategy, implementation and training. She has helped customers from a wide range of sectors diversify, grow and internationalise. She is also a Business Mentor for Scottish Enterprise, advising companies on business development.

Vanetha’s personal objective as Trustee for AAS is to help raise the profile of the organisation and its good works for the ultimate goal of supporting victims of this crime.

Eileen Mackin

Eileen has worked within the public sector for 23 years delivering major capital projects including the new Ayrshire College Campus and a number of schools. The projects are delivered in partnership with the private sector under complex contracts. Within this role, Eileen negotiates and establishes positive relationships with partners and multiple stakeholders.

She has recently embarked upon a Masters qualification, enjoying sharing experiences with fellow students from across the world as well as applying her skills gained from her career and voluntary work.

Eileen is also involved in Ayrshire Hospice as they progress their accommodation review and is a Trustee for Hub Charity Foundation.

George McLachlan

George was trained as a nurse and has worked in a number of hospitals throughout Scotland, holding clinical posts in neuroscience, medicine, cardiology and orthopaedics. He has a special interest in palliative care and has acted as nursing adviser to the hospices in Inverness and Ayr during the commissioning process.

He was appointed Director of Nursing and Quality to the first NHS Trust in Scotland in South Ayrshire and in 1999 as NHS adviser to the Scottish Government's health department. In 2002, he assumed the responsibility of managing the performance of eight health boards in Scotland, a post he held till his retirement in 2010. Currently George is active in the voluntary sector and is a volunteer and trainer with Heartstart, Ayrshire and Arran. He is also the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Troon.

Niven Rennie

Niven retired as Chief Superintendent in 2016 from Police Scotland where he simultaneously held the positions of President for the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and the Chair of the West of Scotland branch of this association.

Niven served as Deputy Divisional Commander for Renfrew, Inverclyde and Glasgow City Centre. A highly experienced and motivated, Senior Manager, he has been at the forefront of the high profile management of change, representing the views of the major decision-makers at the Police Service of Scotland. Throughout his career, he has held other key-ranking positions responsible for the development and implementation of high profile issues related to all areas of policing policy, procedure and practice. As well as serving on the Board of AAS, Niven is currently the CEO of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness.

Caroline Thomas

For the last 16 years, Caroline has been a self-employed consultant, alongside her partner, operating through their business Kenmure Associates, assisting various businesses in turnaround, profit improvement, change management, strategic development, business re-engineering and financial management.

With over 25 years’ experience working in private sector businesses of varying size, industry and stage of development, Caroline has extensive international management experience throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

Jennifer Perry (Advisor to the Board)

Jennifer Perry is the UK’s leading expert on digital abuse, cyber stalking and harassment. She has been campaigning for the last ten years on e-victim issues. She has over 20 years in the technology industry. She is the author of the Network for Surviving Stalking and the Women’s Aid National Guidelines on Stalking and Harassment: Digital Stalking - A guide to Technology Risk for Victims. She works with a wide-range of colleagues in technology, charity and criminal justice system on victim issues.

Sam Toye (Advisor to the Board)

Sam is an IT consultant and holds a passionate belief that no one should have to live in fear of stalking - in any of its many and often complex guises.

Sam’s involvement in AAS is invaluable as she give us much insight from the victim’s perspective. As a former victim, she has experienced both the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and is keen to apply this understanding to support change where needed.