Gillian Newman - Policy Lead
Gillian Newman, the Forum’s first Children’s Consultation Worker, is returning to the Forum as Policy Lead. She brings a wealth of experience, commitment and learning to the role. In other parts of her working life Gillian has been a nurse, led Cromarty Action for Young People, been a lecturer on the Child Development Course at Inverness College, been a freelance consultation and participation worker and undertaken an Autism Mapping project for the National Autism Society. Gillian was the Third Sector Lead on the team in Highland that developed the application of the Getting It Right For Every Child process and undertook many of the Forum’s key consultations with children and young people across Highland.
Emma Thomas - Children's Consultation Lead
Emma started work as the Consultation Lead in November 2015 after spending nearly 16 years as a Development Worker with HUG (Action for Mental Health). A key part of this work was leading on mental health anti-stigma work and educational work in schools and exploring creative ways of engaging with young people and enabling young people to have their voices and views heard. Latterly she was responsible for working alongside young people across Highland to set up SPEAK, a collective advocacy project for young people affected by mental health issues.
Emma also works as a Training and Education Practitioner for Brook Highland, delivering relationship and sexual health workshops to young people in schools across Highland.
She lives in a small cottage in Fishertown in Nairn with her two children, an old ginger tom cat and a large hairy dog!