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 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.
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 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.