Board Members

To help us achieve our objectives we work with like-minded organisations to provide a range of advice, confidence building courses and awareness raising techniques to help keep YOU safe.

We have been providing personal safety courses throughout the U.K. since 1997 – from Thurso in the North to London in the South, Aberdeen in the East to Blackpool and Ullapool in the West – and we have an array of instructors, male and female, to suit your needs.

We have 6 Trustees on our Board:

Alan Bell – Executive Manager

Alan is the founder of The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety and has been in management since 1986 within various sectors including the hotel, leisure and entertainment industry. He brings these skills alongside his knowledge of personal safety, first aid and practical self defence training to his role as Executive Manager.


Deirdre Oakley – Chair

Deirdre Oakley

Deirdre is a Community Education Worker for North Ayrshire Council and also a part time Coast Rescue Officer with HM Coastguard. She has also been a personal safety / self defence instructor since 2008 and brings all this diverse experience to her role as Chairperson of our charity.


Jacqueline Copley – Secretary

jake2-1After a career in music, corporate and TV video production, Jacqueline is now partner in a company specialising in residential property renovation. Working with schools and sports clubs throughout Scotland, she has spent over 10 years working in the voluntary sector helping to raise funds for a variety of causes.


Pamela Anderson – Trustee

Pamela lives in Ayrshire and has a very varied background having worked in large corporate organisations, small private companies and with a local authority.  During that time she has amassed a great deal of knowledge and life experience.  She has a fascination for learning and has a natural curiosity which has lead her to find out lots of subjects from human resources and employment law to mindfulness to sound therapy to human design and she loves sharing this knowledge with others.  She enjoys helping others to help themselves develop and achieve what they want in life.
Pamela is an excellent communicator and facilitates sound work with both groups and individuals to encourage people to participate in the process of change in their lives and does this through her own company, The Essence.

Jess Belshaw – Trustee

Jess’s career has been firmly based in Child Protection.
She spent 30 years in Social Work rising to Team Manager level where she managed a team of up to 9 Social Workers and Assistants whilst supervising their case load of services to children and families.
Jess then spent 7 years as LAAC (Looked After and Accommodated Children ) Review Coordinator chairing both LAAC Reviews and Child Protection Case Conferences.
And since retiring, Jess has become an Independent Assessor for Adoption and Fostering Assessments.

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It could be YOU –

We are currently looking for someone to fill our 6th Trustee position. Ideally, we are looking for someone connected in some way to the training we offer or the groups we cater for (ethnic minority, visually impaired, domestic violence, vulnerable adults, etc.) however if you have an accounting background or feel your experience can contribute to the Board in some way, please get in touch with us at