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.

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.  

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. 

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. 

Linda Munro - Co-opted Member

Linda is a long standing Highland Councillor and previous Children's Champion who has always maintained an interest in the work of Highland Children's Forum.

Clair Nichols - Co-opted Member

Clair is Chief Officer of Youth Highland with over twenty years of experience of Community Learning and Development and promotion of children's rights. 

Rebecca Raynes - Co-opted member 

Rebecca is the Senior Operations Officer for the North area of Duke of Edinburgh Award. She has previously worked in participation with Highland Youth Parliament (then known as Highland Youth Voice).


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The Highland Children's Forum consultation about the issue of children and young people not in full time education was carried out in response to anecdotal evidence of an increasing number of young people in Highland with additional support needs Full Story...

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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