Our Board of Directors

mh picture smallMARJORIE HUME (CHAIR)

Born & brought up in the environs of London, Marjorie has had a diverse career in public service, with experience of both the planning and delivery of customer focused services. Working in Local Government for over 36 years in an inner London Borough and a Surrey District Council gave her an awareness of the needs of the various communities in these areas. Although by profession a qualified librarian, Marjorie is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the latter part of her career has been in the field of policy development and strategic management. She set up and supported the Surrey Heath Local Strategic Partnership bringing together the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to work together for the community and was instrumental in the development of the Borough's Community Plan. From 2004 -2007 Marjorie was a Member of the Management Board of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) - a Scottish charity. Prior to this she was Chairman of the Berkshire/Hampshire/Surrey Border Branch of the Society and in 2003 organised and shared the chairing of the RSCDS first Branch Forum in Perth – bringing together delegates from across the world. After a period on the General Purposes and Finance Committee of the Society, Marjorie reviewed and revised the policy, procedures and management for a fund that provides grants for the promotion of Scottish Country Dancing around the world. She then chaired the Panel responsible for the distribution of the funding for three years. She is a volunteer at Paxton House, working on the archives, and Chairman of the Gunsgreen House Trust in Eyemouth. Marjorie has a wide range of interests including history (social and family), Scottish country dancing, and gardening.



Mrs Jan Dowlen-Gilliland joined SSAFA in April 2001 as the Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance Worldwide. She was based in Germany with the British Forces Health Service Germany (BFG HS) between 2001 and 2015 where she was the Director of Operations & Clinical Services (Health and Social Care).

In January 2015 she returned to the UK where she became the Interim Director of Governance & Quality with SSAFA before taking up her current post as General Manager Cyprus.

Mrs Jan Dowlen-Gilliland came to SSAFA with a wealth of experience from previous appointments within the public sector both within the NHS and the Local Authority. This included Chief Executive with South Downs Health NHS Trust, Assistant Director Commissioning and Development, Assistant Director of Children’s Services and Assistant Director Finance, HR and IT with East Sussex County Council Social Services. She has also worked on a Secretary for State Independent Inquiry (The Ritchie Inquiry) into the Practice of a Gynaecologist following a public call for an inquiry as a result of his removal from the GMC register and over 500 individual complaints about his practice.

She was educated at Nantwich & Acton Grammar School and also studied at Trinity College School of Music and Vocal Studies. Her nursing career began in 1968 when she qualified as a SRN; one of her earliest appointments was as a staff nurse with the Royal Masonic Hospital. In the mid seventies she qualified as a Social Worker CQSW. In 1994 she gained an MA in Management in the Public Sector specialising in the Management of Risk.

She is married to Andrew and her hobbies include early classical music - performing as well as listening - opera and the theatre, tennis, golf and walking. She has a great love of animals particularly horses, dogs and cats.

Liz Johnson PicLIZ JOHNSON

Liz Johnson lives in Peebles. She was brought up in Berkshire and Peeblesshire and attended Peebles High School. She has a History degree from Edinburgh University and professional Social Work and management qualifications. Liz worked as a Social Worker and Manager initially in Dumbarton and Inverclyde but most of her career was spent in Edinburgh and the Lothians. She specialised in fostering and adoption, child protection, service development and policy. She was also a Manager of an Early Years Centre, giving her overall a great deal of insight into the effects of poverty and abuse on children and young people. She latterly assessed third sector organisations for funding from City of Edinburgh Council. 

Liz chaired Victim Support Scottish Borders Area Committee for 9 years until 2019, where she worked with staff and volunteers to raise awareness of the service. She was also the Chair of Tweeddale U3A four years ago and is a great believer in lifelong learning. 

Liz enjoys art history, walking and learning languages.


K Lewis Bio picture

Keith was originally from Swindon, Wiltshire and after serving time in the Royal Air Force in the North of Scotland, he built his career and life in Asia. Keith was heavily involved in the start up and global expansion of serveral European organisations, as well as spending a decade consulting and leading business units within International Organisations.  

Following 25 years living in The U.A.E, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, Keith returned to the UK and chose to settle in Galashiels. 

In his spare time he enjoys Photography, History and meeting people from all walks of life.