Our Staff



Our Staff

John MacMillan: CEO

John’s remit at the ELC is to lead the Charity, promote its presence at the heart of the local community, maintain and expand the portfolio of services on offer and to support the Board in delivering the Eric Liddell Centre vision and strategic priorities.

Following his appointment John said, “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to take up the CEO role within the Eric Liddell Centre and look forward to leading the team in continuing to provide very popular and much needed community services. My top priority is to ensure that the great work of the centre continues, so that our clients, customers and members of the community receive the best possible service locally. If you have any questions, suggestions or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact me or members of the Eric Liddell Centre Team – we’re here to help and are committed to Empower, Inspire and Support.”

Kenny Edwards: Finance Manager

Kenny manages the Finance team, whose role is to ensure that all financial processes at the Centre are operating efficiently & effectively, and in particular, that robust financial controls are in place to support a reliable & responsive management reporting system. The Finance Department is comprised of Kenny, Yuwei and a group of dedicated volunteers. Kenny qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Glasgow and has since garnered a wealth of experience in the commercial and non-profit sectors. He relaxes with his passion for football, music and travel.

Julie Carter: Building Operations Manager

Julie is the Building Operations Manager, a role she does on a part-time basis. Julie was born in Edinburgh and studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

Before joining the Centre in 2011 Julie worked in the voluntary sector with older people and carers. Julie taught English in China for two years.

When she isn’t at work Julie likes spending time with her daughter, husband and friends.

Irene McCarthy: Carer Support and Development Officer

Irene is the Carers Support and Development Officer. She has over 20 years’ experience in health and social residential and day care services. Irene graduated Edinburgh University, Community Education BA. In the last 15 years her work has been supporting people with learning disabilities involvement in their service provision locally and nationally with issues that affect the way they want to live their lives. Irene is passionate about capacity building through self-advocacy and the sharing of formal and informal learning so that carers can make informed choices about support services to help them in their caring roles.

Caroline Heenan: Daycare Manager

Caroline studied Mental Health Nursing at Napier University after working within a nursing/caring role for many years. Caroline Joined ELC Day Care in 2007 as Senior Day Care Officer and achieved her Managing Care qualification in 2010.

She comes from a long line of nurses and carers throughout her family so perhaps it was inevitable that this was the career path that she would eventually choose after training as a florist and botanist at Langside college in 1986 and working as a florist for many years.

Caroline has worked with many different client groups over her nursing career but has always enjoyed working with older people.
She has two sons that keep her busy but in her spare time her interests are Art,Craft,Design,Floristry and Music.

Yuwei Zhao: Finance Assistant

Yuwei is assistant to the Finance Manager and, with her fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese, she also plays an important role supporting the Centre’s strong & continuing relationship with China. Yuwei was born in the city of Guangyuan in Sichuan province and after graduating with an accounting degree from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, she worked for a multinational company in Shenzhen until her move to Scotland.

Dorothy Terhune: Befriending Development Officer and Dementia Support Worker

Dorothy’s role as the Befriending Development Officer focuses on providing carers with social connection and respite from their daily responsibilities. She believes in creating interdependent communities, where isolated and vulnerable people feel included, heard, and respected. Dorothy has a varied background, with a BA in Environmental Studies and a Master’s in Public Health, and has working experience in developing mental health projects, providing support for those with additional needs, teaching at different capacities, delivering pastoral support in hospitals, among other roles. In her time off, Dorothy enjoys hiking, cycling, and cooking meals for friends.