Committee Membership

Highland Children's Forum has a new committee

Donnie Macleod - Chair

Donnie is the retired Head Teacher from Tain Royal Academy. Donnie had been Head teacher at Drummond School in the past and is familiar with the range of additional support needs of children and young people. Donnie has brought enthusiasm and energy as well as education and managment experience to his role as Chair. He lives on the Black Isle and is a father and grandfather.

Heather Duncan - Vice Chair

Heather was qualified in social work and has a history of working for voluntary organisations in the social care sector, laterally with Barnardos Springboard Project in Highland. As well as her breadth of understanding of social issues, Heather brings good proof reading and other skills to HCF.

Mark Boulton - Treasurer

Mark is a parent carer from Caithness and willingly travels down to committee and other HCF meetings to share his parent carer experience and human resources/business skills.

Judith and Stephen Hope - Secretary

Judith and Stephen are parent carers and share the committee membership role. As well as their experience as parent carers, Stephen also brings wide business experience and knowledge of health and safety and other policy issues.

Anne Watmough

Anne lives in Inverness with her husband and 2 children and is a nurse in Raigmore Hospital. Her oldest child attended The Birnie Centre toddler group for 5 years. This is now a parent led group run by Friends of the Birnie Charity of which she is now the chair. Friends of the Birnie has been a collective member of Highland Childrens' Forum for 3 years. HCF has been extremely supportive to Friends of the Birnie. She would like to give some of her time back in support of this.

Kirsty Hunter

Kirsty has recently joined the management committee. She works for CALA and has a history of work in children's rights.

Alasdair Christie

Highland Councillor and manager of Citizen's Advice Bureau. Alasdair has returned to the position of Chair of the People Committee, (he was previously Chair of the committee when it was called the Education, Children and Adult Service Committee). This committee oversees the education and all other services provided to children and young people by the Highland Council. From his work with CAB, Alasdair also has a passion to address child poverty.  

Rebecca Nicholson

Rebecca is a 24 year old young person who has been involved in several of HCF's consultation. Rebeccca will be involved in the development of a Young Advisory Group and will represent the voice of that group to the committee to inform their development planning. Rebecca is an active campaigner for disability and all other equality issues. 

Philomena de Lima

Philomena is the Director of the Centre for Remote and Rural Studies at the  University of Highlands and Islands- Inverness College. She brings to our committee her  experience or research  and academic rigour to support the consultation work of the Forum. 

Sarah Fowler - Co-opted member

Sarah is the new Chief Officer for Children in Highland Information Point (CHIP). CHIP and HCF work closely together and HCF looks forward to continuing this positive relationship with Sarah as a co-opted member of the committee. 


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About Highland Children's Forum

Highland Children’s Forum is a registered charity set up in 2000, created by the parent carers of children with additional support needs. The Forum aims to ensure that the voices of children and young people with additional support needs are heard in the design and provision of services in Highland.

Highland Children’s Forum is a voluntary association and a Scottish Charity and we operate under Charity Number SC031945.

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