The Team 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."

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.

Heather Kellichan

SFTS 1001 Family Support Worker

"Heather joined the team in March 2017.  Previously I was a volunteer with HSEL for 8 months.

I have two grown up daughters, and a grandson who I love spending time with"

Paula Mitchell


My name is Paula and I joined the team in September 2017 to work four days a week.  Working with families and volunteers, matching just the right volunteer to a family. I previously worked at Home-Start Falkirk West. 

Evelyn Swinton

BHBF Co-ordinator

"I am the Co-ordinator on a new project called Big Hopes Big Future.  I started my Home-Start journey two years ago when I became a volunteer.  I now work three days a week.  I have two young children at home that keep me busy but I am enjoying being back at work.

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)

"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. Life outside of work is kept busy with my family."

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."

Ann Lewis


Ann is a volunteer befriender and a Trustee with Home-Start East Lothian.  Most recently Ann is a befriender with the BHBF Project.

Mary Rodger


"I am a retired primary school teacher living in Haddington.  I am married with two grown up boys. I like to spend time walking, playing tennis, playing piano and going to the theatre and cinema."


Audrey Willox


Audrey is a volunteer befriender with Home-Start East Lothian and decided to join the Board of Trustees as well.  Audrey is highly involved with our allotment and an amazing baker!!

Neil Ferguson