AAMH Board of Directors

Ayr action for Mental Health has over the past year made a focused drive to attract new Directors and improve the balance of experience, skill and ability within the Board to better ensure the sustainability and relevance of Ayr Action for Mental Health. Ayr Action has 9 positions for Directors on its Board, 7 of which are occupied and the current members are:

Chairperson – Paul Murphy

  • Paul is a person with lived experience of poor mental health with an extensive employment in large scale construction management who has been engaged with Ayr Action and its activity for around 5 years. A keen and proficient musician, Paul has taken on chairing the Board of Directors over the past few years and brings a number of lived experience and organisational skills to the table. 

Director- Robert Smith

  • Robert is a founder member of Ayr Action for Mental Health who has retained a passion for ensuring that the rights of people who experience poor mental health are upheld. Robert retired as a clinical psychologist a few years ago and as a passionate “rambler” also takes an active part in our outdoor activity. Robert oversees our “systems” and updating of Policy & Procedure.

Director – Margaret Airdrie

  • A recent addition to the Board, Margaret has had a long association with Ayr Action for Mental Health, both through her working life as a local Mental Health Patients Services manager and for a number of years now as a development worker then a committed volunteer. A keen gardener and volunteer disabled “buggy” driver at Culzean Castle, Margaret oversees the development of Strathyre Activity Center.

Director – Dawn Parker

  • Another recent addition to the Board, Dawn works as a Community Engagement Officer with the South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnership and has extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector. She is a passionate networker and creative artist. Dawn is working with Robert on our various “systems” including “Support & Appraisal” and “Outcomes Framework” and will be a leading figure in the development of Ayr Action’s profile and business development over the next few years.

Director – Lillias Ferrier

  • Another recent addition to the Board, Lillias comes from an extensive “Marketing” background and is driving Ayr Action’s activity around promotion, awareness raising and improving out “marketability” in an increasingly difficult economic climate for groups in the voluntary sector. In huge demand from a variety of other organisations, Ayr Action is proud that Lillias has taken a real interest in services for and the rights of people with lived experience of poor mental health.

Director – Stewart Kerr

  • A rugby fanatic and thoroughly gentle “big fella”, Stewart has worked in Mental Health for more than 30 years as a Psychiatric nurse and in more recent years a Nursing Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland Ayr Campus. Yet another recent addition to the Board, Stewart, at the cutting edge of mental health training will be invaluable to us in overseeing our training and development activity for staff and members.