The FASD Hub Scotland team consists of a core team who are supported by a wider team of Hub Parent Partners. All team members have either lived experience of parenting a child with FASD/PAE or a professional background relevant to the experiences and knowledge needed to support families.  

Our team of Parent Partners – Rachel, Rich and Lindsay,  – are all parents who have children who have been impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), some have an FASD diagnosis. They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight to their role in providing direct peer led support to the parents and carers who access our family support services and are members of our online community.  

Our amazing volunteers are a community of parents and carers who all have children with a history of PAE/FASD. They support the work of FASD Hub Scotland in a variety of ways. If you would be interested in give your time to help raise awareness about FASD, and support other families, please visit our Volunteering page to find out how get involved.  

Meet the core FASD Hub team: 

Aliy Brown
FASD Services Manager

Aliy is a parent to three young people, one of whom has an FASD diagnosis alongside ADHD.  There are a number of people in her family who are neurodiverse, including herself who at the age of seven was diagnosed with dyslexia.  She understands the realities of supporting and parenting individuals with a history of PAE and FASD.  Aliy has a background in project management within the NHS and central government, is a Chartered Manager, and has previously worked in the third sector at home & overseas. 

Aliy graduated from Newcastle University as a mature student in 1999 with a B.A. Hons in Social Policy and has worked for Adoption UK Scotland since 2015.  Aliy provides overall leadership and strategic development for FASD Hub Scotland and FASD support services in Scotland, and input to the wider Adoption UK community in respect of FASD.

In her spare time, Aliy likes being outdoors, spending time on adventures in her family’s motorhome, and enjoying creative crafts. 

BarbaraBarbara Ogston
FASD Project Lead
 
Barbara is an adoptive parent to 2 young people in their teenage years, one of whom has an FASD diagnosis. She has been part of the FASD community for many years and is excited to be working in the FASD Hub. Prior to a lengthy adoption leave, Barbara’s background was in working with children in education and the Third Sector, with a particular focus on supporting children affected by parental drug and alcohol use. Barbara graduated from the Open University in 2017 with a B.A. Hons in Childhood and Youth Studies, and in 2020 with a M.A. in Childhood and Youth. Barbara enjoys crafts of all kinds, in particular sewing, jewellery making and card making. 

Jo Garofalo
FASD Advisor

Jo is adoptive mum to a son aged 16, and a daughter aged 12 who has a diagnosis of FASD, ASD & ADD. Jo has been working to raise awareness for adoption and fostering for the past 15 years, through her company Voice In A Million staging large annual events at Wembley Arena. AUK attend every year raising much needed vital funds. Following her daughters diagnosis Jo immersed herself in the world of FASD to support her family and has volunteered for the hub for the past six months. Jo is delighted to have now joined the hub team and looks forward to being able to help others supporting and parenting individuals with PAE. Jo’s passion is musical theatre !


GemmaGemma Manning
FASD Helpline & Community Advisor


If you call the helpline, it’s likely that it is Gemma you will speak to first.  Gemma is a parent to a 7 year old girl who has a diagnosis of FASD and ADHD.  Gemma first joined the team as a parent partner, and since May 2021 has been working as our Admin Support and Helpline Advisor.  Before working for FASD Hub she worked as a music therapist for 12 years in schools and hospices.  In her spare time she likes to do cross stitch, reading and walking. Gemma graduated from Glasgow University with a BMus in 2004, and completed her MSc in Music Therapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2006.

Andy Longhena

FASD Community Support Worker
Andy is an adoptive parent who has lived experience of a child with documented PAE and suspected FASD. As the main advocate for his daughter, he acquired considerable experience of navigating both the educational and diagnostic systems. Having walked this path, he understands both the struggles and joys many families encounter on the tough journey to a diagnosis. Andy graduated in Psychology at Dublin City University and has completed a MSc in Performance Psychology at Edinburgh University. Andy is a qualified Mindfulness coach and a member of the British Psychological Society. In his free time Andy loves practicing Yoga and meditation.

Andy's role is to build a community of support for parents and carers living with children and young people who are affected by PAE with or without a formal diagnosis of FASD within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. 

Cayte Rorison
FASD Project Administrator

Cayte joined the FASD Hub team in May 2022 as our new FASD Project Administrator. Cayte will be doing a lot of the behind the scenes work that helps us deliver our service to you. You might meet Cayte at some of our training events, and Cayte will also be supporting our volunteers.

Cayte is about to begin studies for a BSc in Psychology with Counselling and in her spare time enjoys cooking Thai food, live music and spending time with her 3 year old daughter.

Lindsay Slater
FASD Helpline and Admin Officer/Parent Partner

Lindsay is a step, birth and adoptive mum to four girls. One of whom has a diagnosis of FASD. Lindsay also has a granddaughter who was prenatally exposed to alcohol. In 2020, following years of volunteering with Adoption UK, Lindsay became a Parent Partner.  Initially working with TESSA families, then transferred to work with FASD Hub families. Lindsay also provides admin support and answering our helpline. Prior to adopting her daughter, Lindsay was a foster carer for 10 years.  Mainly fostering babies and young children, many of whom had been exposed to trauma prenatally, including alcohol and substances.

Lindsay doesn't have much spare time as she has many volunteering roles, one being a Panel Member for Children's Hearings Scotland.  Lindsay is very passionate about advocating for children/young people, raising awareness of FASD and providing peer support relating to her lived experiences. In her free time, Lindsay loves spending time with her family, especially her young granddaughter and attending to her allotment beds. 

Rachel Kerr
Parent Partner/Training Support

Rachel is a birth and adoptive mum to 3 school age kids, one of whom has documented PAE and suspected FASD and ADHD.  Rachel joined the team as a Parent Partner in 2020 and works with FASD Hub families and has also been involved in delivering FASD training.

Rachel’s background is as a Chartered Accountant and has spent most of this career working with charities, independent schools and churches.  She has moved away from this area for now and in addition to her Parent Partner role she is doing some counselling studies as well as providing pastoral support at her church.  When she gets a moment to herself, Rachel loves to potter in the garden when the sun shines, or on a rainy day you might find her at her sewing machine.

Rich Brown
Parent Partner

Rich is a parent to three young people, one with an FASD diagnosis.  Rich works limited hours to full time home educate two of their three children.  An expert by experience Rich attributes much of what he has learned about FASD to the apprenticeship he has had from his youngest child and the impact that prenatal alcohol exposure has had on family life. 

Rich joined the team originally as a volunteer and became a parent partner in 2020 to support families through the Hub's Family Support Services.  Rich also leads our FASD community peer support virtual meets-up both for our Hub Members and nationally for Adoption UK.  In his spare time Rich can be found planning and creating micro engineering and environmentalist projects which his family are surprisingly tolerant of.