Our Board Members


Fiona MacLeod, Chair


Originally from a farming background Fiona subsequently had a career in the international energy sector leading large scale multi-country teams.

She has broad business experience including HSE, marketing, branding and risk based change leadership. She chaired the Women’s Fund for Scotland and has held a number of board directorships including Virgin Money and Denholms.

Fiona adores all animals.



Susan Dunsmuir, Honorary Treasurer


Susan is a qualified accountant with a background in finance across the education and financial services sectors. 

Susan is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Fife College where she is part of the Executive team with strategic responsibility for Finance, Procurement, Business Development and Planning & Performance.  

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.



Alan Biggar, Director


Alan has significant financial and managerial experience, and has been on the boards of a number of organisations with charitable status.

He retired as head of Brewin Dolphin's Edinburgh office in January 2010.

Alan is also the Scottish Patron of Teenage Cancer Trust.  Alan’s interest includes cars, sport, art and music.



Carolyn McLeod, Director


A qualified solicitor, Carolyn has a breadth of experience in public sector leadership positions, the third sector, stakeholder engagement, performance management and governance.

She also has volunteering roles and has broad experience of committee work.

In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her Lakeland Terrier.



Lisa Davidson, Director


Lisa is a highly experienced communications consultant with over 17 years’ experience in the industry.

She has worked in a diverse range of sectors across Scotland and internationally delivering tailored marketing and communications solutions.

Lisa is also a long-term Trustee of Scottish Adoption, and the proud owner of a Scottish SPCA rescue dog.



Melissa Donald, Director


Melissa is an experienced veterinary surgeon and practice owner, smallholding farmer and non-profit Director.

Melissa enjoys a variety of leadership roles to help improve animal welfare and inspire the next generation. Melissa has been involved with the Scottish Branch of the British Veterinary Association over the past 4 years, and held the post of Scottish Branch President. 

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys marathons.



Susan Johnstone, Director


Susan has served on the Board from 2001 to 2013 and re-joined in 2015.

Susan works with the NHS in Lanarkshire. As a Branch Committee Member, Susan is actively involved in a variety of fundraising events on behalf of the Society and the promotion of the aims of the Society.



Warwick Beresford-Jones, Director


Warwick’s background is in Statistics and Data Science.

For the 25 years he has worked with businesses to help them improve decision making through the use of data and interoperating the underlying trends. Throughout his career Warwick has had a number of leadership roles. 

Warwick is married to Anne and they have a 12 year old son Oliver, and two black labs - Oscar and Teal. Warwick also enjoys mountain biking and cooking when he gets the time.



Niall Connell, Director


Niall is a veterinary surgeon who qualified from Glasgow in 1982. He was in mixed practice in Fife for 2 years, then worked for PDSA in 25 years in London and Glasgow. He suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and retired from clinical practice in 2009.

He now does assessment work and occasional teaching at Glasgow vet school and is an elected member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons since 2013. He was RCVS President 2019/20 and is currently Treasurer.

He is married to Colette and they have three grown children, three grandchildren, a Border Terrier and a cat. 




Helen Page, Director


Helen’s career has spanned the UK, USA, Europe and Australasia across almost 30 years.

Helen has worked in a range of sectors including financial, retail, food and drink and charity.

Prior to choosing to follow a career in Board and Advisory in 2022, Helen was the Chief Brand Officer of Virgin Money UK (formerly Clydesdale Bank) for almost a decade. During that time, Helen also served as the Chair of Virgin Money Giving.



Steven Naismith, Director


Steven is a highly commercial finance professional with more than a decade of experience. He’s currently part of the leadership team at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland’s busiest airport.

It is a privilege to be joining the Board of the Scottish SPCA. Championing animal welfare is more important today than it’s ever been, and he’s thrilled to play a part in making Scotland the best place in the world for animals.