The Team at Home-Start East Lothian

Below you can read a little more about the staff and board members at Home-Start East Lothian.

Katy Pollock

 Senior Co-ordinator

"I joined the team in November 2013, to cover Angela’s extended leave, and have since been appointed as the Senior Co-ordinator.  I have worked for many years within Early Years, running pre-school and nurseries, as well as being a consultant for West Berkshires Early Years Team. 

Moving with my husband and daughter to Scotland November 2013 offered me the chance for a new challenge. Working for Home-Start is varied and very rewarding. I have been made very welcome by the staff, trustees, families and volunteers alike."

Angela Clyde


"Angela joined the scheme in 2008.  Previous to Home-Start, Angela has worked in the Legal Sector and within Community Development.  Angela  took a sabbatical in 2014 to travel the world and returned to work in January 2015. 

Julie LaRoche

Family Support Worker

Julie joined the team in September 2015. Previously she worked for the Red Cross, coordinating volunteers for the elderly. She has also been a Home-Start volunteer for us for four years. Julie has three boys so is kept very busy.

Mandy Hockey

Administrator (part-time)

"I first volunteered with Home-Start East Lothian 4 years ago when my youngest child was at nursery, I found visiting a family very rewarding and the support from the staff and other volunteers fantastic. 

So when an opportunity arose to join the staff I was delighted, that was coming up for 3 years ago - there's never been a dull moment, I have met so many great people."

Kelly Wallace

Administrator (part-time)

"After leaving the Financial Sector in 2001 and starting with Home-Start East Lothian I have not looked back. It is great to be involved in a community project and the wonderful people that surround the scheme.  

I have also been involved with other community projects including setting up parent and toddler groups. In my time here I have brought up my 2 gorgeous children (the perfect place to have young children….. surrounded by plenty of volunteers!!)"

Audrey Peacocke


"I have had 17 years experience in the voluntary sector, working with children of all ages, before retiring as Head of Service for Edinburgh Young Carers Project in 2012.

Over the years I have supported ethnic minority women and children, set up and managed Longniddry After School Club, and was a registered childminder for 10 years.

I was keen to join Home-start East Lothian as they provide an excellent service for families in East Lothian."

Mary MacLeod

Chairperson, Board of Trustees

"Having been a Children 1st worker in East Lothian I saw how successfully Home Start could support families.  Being on the Board enables me to be part of a positive organisation.    

I retired in 2010 but have since set up a small company offering training and delivering of Family Group Decision Making meetings across Scotland."

Anne Craig 


"I joined Home-Start East Lothian as an advisor on the very first board, almost 15 years ago. At that time I worked at Olivebank Child and Family Centre in Musselburgh where we offered daycare places to families with children aged 2 - 5 years. 

I was delighted to support Home-Start in working together to support young families in East Lothian. When I retired 4 years ago I became a trustee on the board and continue to enjoy my time with Home-Start, particularly meeting volunteers and families at social events."

Sheila Jamieson 


"I am married with two grown-up daughters and one grandson and another grandchild due in 3 weeks.  My working life was spent teaching physics and I also had a guidance post.  

I’m heavily involved in our local parish church being a district elder, member of the pastoral committee and safe-guarding panel and organiser of the village hospital transport scheme.  

I joined the Home-Start Board as, having worked with young people, I realised that  support given to families in the early stages could have a huge impact on a young person’s future."

Elaine Johnston

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

"I joined the Board of Homestart East Lothian at the end of 2013 after responding to an advert for Trustees.

 I have worked in Third Sector organisations for 30 years and hope that I bring experience and enthusiasm to my role as a Trustee. 

I have met a number of our fantastic volunteers and am always really impressed with the skill, knowledge and commitment they bring to their role in supporting families. I am delighted to be part of such a great organisation."

Helen MacMillan


"When working in East Lothian Council as Early Years and Childcare Officer, I was involved with the Home Start Project, and aware of the value of its work. I decided, when I retired, to become more involved and became a Trustee in 2008."