Our dedicated Board of Trustees have a wide range of expertise and relevant knowledge to direct towards the establishment of Stoa School.


Natascha Ziemons (Chair)

Natascha Ziemons (Chair)

Natascha Ziemons-McLean is a fully qualified primary school teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience. She has taught in England and Scotland in both mainstream and special needs schools working with whole classes as well as small learning support groups. She has an in-depth knowledge of the Curriculum for Excellence and of the support and tailoring that is needed to make it accessible in a meaningful way for children on the autistic spectrum.

She has a degree in Psychology and Economics, a PGCE in Primary School Education and a PGC in Autism from the University of Strathclyde. Ms. Ziemons-McLean also has a child who has autism and she has run an after-school ABA/VB home programme for several years.


Dave Stone (Treasurer)

Dave Stone (Treasurer)

David, who has an Honours degree in Computer Science from Heriot Watt University, has spent the last ten years running an Edinburgh-based property development business.

During this time he has gained wide ranging expertise in building refurbishment and liaison with clients, architects and building professionals.

He also has thirty years experience in the banking, insurance and pensions sectors in Scotland and England. He has worked as a business analyst and project manager for institutions including Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows, Standard Life, Norwich Union and General Accident.


Guri le Riche

Guri le Riche

Guri Le Riche has worked in mainstream primary education, as a class teacher, as a learning support teacher and as a specialist art teacher.

She has also taught in a wide range of special needs schools both at primary and secondary level). She has a degree in Fine Art and a PGCE in Primary School Education.

Ms. Le Riche has years of experience using ABA/VB programmes at home, as well as experience teaching the curriculum for excellence in state funded special schools where ASD pupils are included.


Christine Mahony

Christine Mahony

Christine has a grown up son with autism and severe learning disability. She is a qualified and experienced teacher, and she ran here in Scotland a very successful ABA-based educational programme for her son for many years.

She was the Scottish representative on the ABA Competencies project. She campaigned successfully for the rewriting of factually inaccurate and misleading official information and guidance on ABA. This involved the Scottish Government’s Autism Toolbox, and also clinical guidance on autism produced by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (part of NHS Scotland).


Dr. Kaye McAlpine

Dr. Kaye McAlpine

Kaye has ten years’ experience of running a business, including day to day administration, project management, liaison with a range of project partners and funders, as well as working with freelance and permanent employees. She also has experience of the third sector. In addition, she has content creation expertise, including website management and design, and use of social media. She has proof-reading and editorial expertise, both in print and online media.

She is educated to doctorate level and currently holds research fellow and tutorial posts at the University of Edinburgh. Through close friends she has an in depth knowledge of the difficulties experienced by children with autism and has been impressed with the impact that ABA can have on their learning and development.


Paddy O’Neill

Paddy O’Neill

Paddy O’Neill is a digital marketing consultant with experience working across all digital channels for clients in a wide array of sectors.  After spending many years working with the Third Sector, Paddy has developed a specialism in helping charities to exploit digital channels to foster personal giving.

He has worked with non-profits of all shapes and sizes, across the UK and abroad, helping them to establish a digital strategy to increase awareness, recruit volunteers and to generate online donations and attract fundraisers.


Mike Stevens

Mike Stevens

Dad to identical twin boys, Ben and Finlay, who have severe autism, a learning disability and related conditions. The boys have had a home-based ABA program for the last 5 years and he works tirelessly to raise the funds to sustain it. He feels their remarkable progress fully justifies both the effort and investment.

At work, he is a Chief Inspector with Police Scotland and in recent years has performed roles in operations’ command, business support and program, project and risk management.


Norman Oliver

Norman Oliver

Norman has been a practising solicitor for over 25 years specialising in corporate and commercial law generally and specifically in the education sector. He is well versed in accessing funding, regulatory requirements of charities and unincorporated entities of various sorts. He was one of the trustees involved in setting up The New School at Butterstone, an independent residential school for children with additional needs. His wife is a special education teacher and he has great interest in enhancing the quality of life for children with special needs.

Also, he was a trustee of the Lennoxlove Trust the Duke of Hamilton’ s family trust for 5 years and director and chairman of the Hamilton group of companies with a NAV of £500 million for 5 years.