Highland Children's Forum has a new committee
Donnie Macleod - Chair
Donnie is the retired Head Teacher from Tain Royal Academy. Donnie had worked in 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.
Rebecca Huxtable-Smith - Treasurer
Rebecca has a background in Finance, and continues to work on a part-time basis whilst caring for her three children. As a single parent Rebecca juggles the demands of life and caring for a child with additional needs. With family experience of conditions such as ASD, DCD, ADHD and Cystic Fibrosis she is an ardent supporter of children's rights and ensuring that their voice is heard. Rebecca enjoys an active life with her children and values the support available to children and carers in the Highlands. She is privileged to represent children and young people on the committee to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Christian has worked in the voluntary sector for thirty years, in a variety of roles but always involved with children and young people, their families and their communities. As Chief Executive of CHIP+ she is committed to ensuring that all families have easy access to reliable and helpful information.
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 has recently joined the management committee. She works for CALA and has a history of work in children's rights.
Mike has been living on the Black isle for about 22 years. During that time he has had a variety of jobs, but has always been interested in the people and community around him. In the past 7 years he has worked for a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and autism. Most of his time has been spent in Ross-shire secondary schools, supporting pupils and providing encouragement through their transition into further education, or work. He enjoys working with young people, advising and advocating on their behalf. "We all know that there are problems, challenges and barriers for them to overcome and being involved in the Highland Children’s Forum provides an opportunity for me bring to my experience and skills to help with issues that affect so many young people."
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
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.