Helen MacFarlane

Secretary and Trustee

“When my son was born with Hirschprung Disease and had emergency stoma surgery at 10 days old, we struggled to explain to their young siblings what was happening in both a simple and fun way. Fast forward two decades and Buttony Bear is now here to help. I’m privileged to be part of the Buttony team at this exciting time as we develop new ways to support children and young adults living with a stoma”


Helen is a retired civil servant with over 30 years’ experience working in HMRC and the corporate sector. She has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Helen brings her knowledge of finance and administration to the Board. She takes an active role in ensuring the charity follows appropriate governance and accounting procedures and monitors any new regulatory requirements. She also enjoys giving talks and presentations about A Bear Named Buttony.


Helen’s leisure interests include Zumba, strength training and skiing.