Crew's Board of Directors

Our board are volunteers and are not paid for the time and commitment they dedicate. Of course they are rewarded by seeing our organisation thrive and provide award winning services to a wide range of fellow citizens.

They also learn new skills along the way and whilst maybe not treated like royalty by the rest of the organisation they are give a modicum of respect and the occasional cup of tea when in the building. They represent a diverse range of professionals and lay people form the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Dr Malcolm Bruce (Trustee)

Consultant Pschiatrist in Addiction, NHS Lothian. New appointment, more to follow...






Liz Brodie (Trustee)

Lecturer in Mental Health and Substance Use, Edinburgh Napier University. New appointment, more to follow...







Emma Doyle (Trustee Volunteer Rep)

Emma is currently studying for a PhD in Public Health and has been a volunteer with Crew since 2011. She has previously worked in mental health services in Edinburgh and is passionate about engaging with service users and helping people to make informed choices. She particularly likes Crew's straight-talking, realistic approach to harm-reduction. Emma brings considerable experience of volunteering for Crew and knowledge of public health issues and health research to the work of the Board.



Crew's Staff Team

Manager: Emma Crawshaw

Emma came to Crew via Streetwork, the Roundabout Centre, Fast Forward and the Board of Evaluation Support Scotland. Emma is proud to be part of the Crew team developing innovative drug use harm reduction informed by people's lived experience, influencing policy and public perceptions to reduce stigma.She brings over 12 years of management experience and loves music, surfing and Barcelona."



Drop-In Project Coordinator & Couple Counselling Practitioner: Laura Dey

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Laura is part-time Drop-In Project Coordinator, Couples Counselling Practitioner and also provides our Ear Acupuncture service, bringing a barrow load of skills and experience in the health field and a hugely valuable member of the team.


Training & Outreach Coordinator: Vicki Craik

Vicki hasn't had time to write a profile for herself as she's usually travelling the length and breadth of Scotland (and sometimes beyond) providing the kind of high quality training on drugs (particularly New Psychoactive Substances) which prompts regular praise from all who attend and keeps new training bookings flooding in! When not training, Vicki is also consulted upon by many multi-agency partners regarding local drugs policy and practice development, and helping Crew provide response to national consultations.


Senior Practitioner: Jill Punton

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Jill joined the Drug Counselling team last year and works for Crew part time, three days a week (Mondays-Wednesdays).

However, she has still not written her profile...



Senior Practitioner: Michelle MacKinnon-Rae

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Michelle joined the drug counselling team at Crew in January 2010 as a part time Senior Practitioner working Wednesdays to Fridays - In 1999 Michelle left her career in law and started her 3 year training as an integrative counsellor at Telford College - she has many years counselling experience, including working for 6 years at Simpson House Drug Counselling Project, working in the community and in HMP Edinburgh.

"I feel it is so important to try and provide a safe space for individuals to be able to come and explore their issues at their own pace, whether related to their drug use or other things from their past, present or looking to their future, in a non judgemental and supportive environment."


Drop-In Project Coordinator: Lisa WaitingPhoto of Lisa

Lisa joined the Crew team in May 2008. A born and bred Edinburgh lass, she trained as a midwife in 2004 and then went on to do a postgraduate in public health with a specific interest in sexual health. She now finds herself responsible for co-ordinating the drop in service and the work Crew does with volunteers.

She enjoys the great outdoors, cooking and travelling and is an avid elephant lover!

Drop-In Project Worker: Lisa Rigby

Lisa (another one, just to confuse things) joined Crew in 2013 as our Drop-In Project worker, helping to manage the day-to-day running of Crew's 'shop' on Cockburn St. Lisa previously worked as Children & Young Person's Support worker and Trainer for Shakti Women's Aid, subsequent to her gaining a degree in Community Education in 2006 from Edinburgh University.

Since joining, Lisa has also been active in delivering information sessions and workshops for schools, youth groups and other voluntary organisations, as well as providing support for our volunteers.

Outside of work (and very occasionally inside) Lisa focuses on music, writing and performing her own work in and around Edinburgh. She is also a proud and busy mum.

Outreach Worker: Helen Williams


Helen joined Crew in June 2010 with a plunge into the outreach work at the RockNess Festival.  Helen is responsible for the organising and day-to-day running of the outreach service with support from our wonderful Crew volunteers.  Crew's outreach work ranges from providing welfare service at music festivals, safer partying information at local Edinburgh clubs to delivering youth workshops around safer drug use.

Helen has been in Scotland for 10 years, born in Peterborough, England.  During her time in Scotland she has worked in numerous settings including as a drugs worker in prisons, support worker in the community and working in homeless shelters.  Helen completed her post graduate diploma in counselling in 2007 and went on to work as a volunteer counsellor in school and health agency settings.  Outside Crew, Helen enjoys being involved in community arts and festivals, she loves the vibrancy Edinburgh has to offer.