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, Lindsay, Ailsa and Lorna – 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 tier 2 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 Project Manager and Service Lead
Aliy is an adoptive parent to three young people, one of whom has an FASD diagnosis, and 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.  In her spare time, she likes being outdoors, spending time on adventures in her family’s motorhome, and enjoying creative crafts. 

BarbaraBarbara Ogston
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. 

GemmaGemma Manning
FASD Admin Support and Helpline 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.

Ailsa Clarke
FASD Education Advisor
Ailsa is one of our two FASD Education Advisors. Ailsa has a young son who has a diagnosis of FASD.  She is a secondary school English teacher to trade, but for the past five years, has swapped full time teaching for supporting young people with FASD, as well as their families and educators working with them.  She first joined the FASD Hub as a Parent Partner in 2020 and then took on a role as an Education Advisor alongside Lorna. Ailsa graduated from Glasgow University in 1999 with M.A. (Hons) in English Literature and completed her P.G.C.E in Secondary Education at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. She has written, lectured and presented on a variety of topics, from female doctors in the First World War to gender equality in parenting roles and loves the variety of opportunities that her interests bring.

Lorna Harris
FASD Education Advisor
Lorna is one of our two FASD Education Advisors.  Lorna is an adoptive mum of 3 children, one of whom has a diagnosis of FASD and another identified as ‘at risk.’ She is also an experienced teacher in the Additional Support Needs (ASN) sector therefore has both personal and professional experience of FASD. Lorna has taught in various ASN settings from Nursery to Secondary, including in Leadership roles and prior to this worked in the voluntary sector with young people with ASN. Since graduating in 2004 with a BEd (Hons) Primary Education she has undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Support, several Chartered Teacher modules and most recently completed a Masters in Education (Autism), all at the University of Strathclyde. Lorna was delighted to take up her role as Education Advisor with the FASD Hub in 2020 and continues teaching part-time in a Primary School and Nursery for learners with Complex ASN alongside this. When she has spare time Lorna enjoys exercise classes, reading and catching up with friends and family.