Board Members & Supporters


James Doran is a process engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University of Glasgow. A keen gardener, James enjoys planning and producing locally grown fruit and vegetables for use by the kitchen team, as well as using his engineering background to source the most appropriate equipment for the group to use.

Elanne Knowles is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy. Her pharmacy career included work in hospital, then as a manager in retail and in 1995 the purchase of a local community pharmacy. The business was sold in 2012 but Elanne continues to work as a locum pharmacist on a part-time basis. Elanne volunteers with the local community library hub and is a keen, daily sea swimmer.

Euan McLeod BSc (Hons) CTA ATT is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and a former partner of Johnston Carmichael LLP. He is involved with several charities and Community Interest Companies as a board member including Mindspace and The Circle, and is a mentor for Coca Cola 5×20 and YES Tayside. Euan has a key role in managing the charity’s finances and advising on operational matters.

Henry Knowles is a graduate of Herriot-Watt University where he studied surveying. He worked for 13 years as a Chartered Surveyor with the Inland Revenue Valuation Office. In 1995 he had a total career change when he and his wife bought a local community pharmacy. He is now retired having sold the business in 2012. Henry is a trustee of the local charity Options in Life which supports young adults who have learning disabilities and additional support needs. Interests include cooking, skiing, running and occasional sea kayaking

Gayle Nelson is a founding member of The Sunshine Kitchen and manages the project. Also a lecturer in Supported Programmes at Fife College, she works with young adults with learning disabilities. Gayle holds a Masters Degree in Autism from University of Strathclyde and is also a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design where she studied Fine Art. She loves cooking and is also an established visual artist.

Jess Kerek has been a volunteer in The Sunshine Kitchen for about two years prior to joining the board. She lives in Cupar with her husband and two daughters. When not volunteering, she is a Principal Teacher of Guidance and English at Kirkcaldy High School. In her spare time, she loves cooking, cycling and gardening – but says that she is never happier than when she is in a crowd of busy people, which is why she loves volunteering at the Sunshine Kitchen!

Brenda Steffens holds a BSc (Hons) from University of Glasgow and trained in Project Management in Brussels. She worked as a Clinical Applications Specialist and International Sales and Marketing Manager for a Neurophysiology Medical Device Company. and her current role is as a European Commercial Director. At The Sunshine Kitchen, Brenda has a key role in supervising kitchen sessions and assisting with the running of events.

Andrea Ross is mum to one of our team members, and is Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee where she teaches and researches in the areas of sustainable development, planning law and environmental regulation.  She is also co-founder of a housing charity for young people with additional support needs.  Andrea volunteers in the kitchen on Saturdays and enjoys supporting the project’s sustainable approach to recycling and using local ingredients.



The Sunshine Kitchen is very grateful to those individuals who have donated their time and enthusiasm to support our team.

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