Our people

Candace Thomas

Program Coordinator

Candace G. Thomas is Program Coordinator with EPIC Assist Scotland and delivers all ongoing and newly developed projects.

Candace has an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge and is currently undertaking a PhD in Sociology at University College Dublin in 2021. She has extensive experience designing and implementing various integration/ community education projects both in the UK, and internationally. Candace has worked with children of various ages, with particular insight into the experiences of refugee and ethnic minority children (providing psychosocial support to residents of the Serres refugee camp, in Northern Greece).

Candace is also a Team Coordinator at the United Nations House Scotland and therefore benefits from an up-to-date understanding of international development and contemporary human rights issues. She has undergone trauma and recovery training with Rape Crisis Glasgow and Clyde, in cooperation with the University of Glasgow, which included an induction and triage sessions on childhood trauma, ACE’s, and domestic violence. Candace is knowledgeable in universal safeguard training and is therefore well equipped to handle any upsets or unforeseeable circumstances which may arise with respectful ease.

Headshot of Brother Donald Campbell S.S.F

Venerable Donald Campbell


Brother Donald is an Anglican priest and Franciscan brother who has been President of the EPIC Board in Australia since 1999. Brother Donald has over 10 years’ experience in Rehabilitation Coordination and Counselling, working alongside people injured in accidents. Prior to this he was involved with community development work in a state housing suburb, and has helped set up a food co-op and a credit union.

Brother Donald’s passion to see people and communities develop and thrive underpins everything he does, and it is this drive that has seen him remain in the role of President for over 2 decades.

Prem stands in a button down blue shirt in front of a glass building.

Prem Nair


Prem has over 30 years’ experience as a senior financial executive across industries including construction, resources and the not-for-profit sector. For the past 20+ years, Prem has been Honorary Treasurer of a local St Vincent de Paul Conference, and has volunteered his time settling and supporting refugees as they adjust to life in Australia. 4 years ago, Prem was appointed to the Board Audit Committee of Southern Cross Care where he serves in an honorary capacity.

Prem started with EPIC in 2014 and now leads the team responsible for finance, information communication technologies, human resources, workplace health and safety, property and vehicle fleet. He has found the role to be a great fit which combines his passions of commercial sustainability, leadership and contributing to an organisation with a strong social conscience.

In 2020, Prem was awarded a scholarship to undertake an Executive Leadership Program at the McKinsey Academy.

Headshot of Alastair Keatinge

Alastair Keatinge


Alastair is a solicitor, LLB (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Partner in the Scottish legal firm, Lindsays and heads Lindsays’ Charity and Social Enterprise Group.

Alastair is accredited as a specialist in charity law by the Law Society of Scotland and is Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland‘s Charity Accreditation Panel.  He is also a Notary Public and member of the Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet.

Alastair has been advising charity and not for profit clients, including some of Scotland’s largest charities for more than 25 years, focusing particularly on the corporate aspects of charity law including corporate governance, constitutional issues and charity reorganisation. Alastair is a regular speaker and chair of charity conferences and events and is regularly published in newspapers and the charity press.

Rick sits at a table in a high rise building at night.

Rick Staveley

Executive Director

After 24 years in the automotive industry where he held various leadership roles, Rick embarked upon a new career in Disability Services. Following his passion for helping people with disability obtain and maintain full inclusion in their community, Rick successfully launched and managed EPIC’s first international operation in New Zealand, and was instrumental in establishing EPIC’s European presence.

An accomplished presenter at local, national and international levels, Rick enjoys sharing EPIC’s messages while continuing to advocate for people with disability.