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Children and Young People's Mental Health in Scotland: Delivering joined-up prevention, intervention and whole community support


Andy Maciver

Director, Message Matters

With nearly 15 years in communications in banking and politics, Andy’s areas of expertise are corporate positioning, reputation management, strategic campaigns and writing.

He also has a background in branding and corporate ID renewal and is a regular contributor to political discussion on TV and radio.

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Martin Dorchester

Chief Executive, Includem

Martin Dorchester became Chief Executive of Includem in March 2018. Previously Martin was the Group Chief Executive of the David MacBrayne Group, including CALMAC Ferries, Argyll Ferries Ltd and Solent Gateway.

In a career spanning 30 years Martin has operated nationally and internationally with organisations covering logistics, technology and finance. As CEO of Dixon's B2B operation Martin built up the largest Apple reseller business in the UK as well as developing a £100m public sector business. Martin was part of the team that brought the 5 radio authorities together to create Ofcom and worked with the London Borough of Hackney on developing its infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics. Martin is also a keen lecturer and academic and has written a number of papers covering areas as diverse as CSR and Emotional Intelligence in Management Development and more recently on children and young people.

Martin is a Co-chair of the Independent Care Review and a Non-executive Director of CCPS. He has held a number of non-executive roles including: Non-executive Director of Traveline Scotland, The Sailors' Orphan Society of Scotland and most recently Transport for Wales. He is a supporter of Social and Community Business and Chaired Firstport Ltd, a start-up funding organisation for social enterprises.
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Kenny Graham

Head of Education, Falkland House School and Member, The Scottish Children's Services Coalition

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Dame Denise Coia

Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce

Dr Dame Denise Coia is Chair of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and a Board Member of the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. She is also the Chair of NHS Scotland Board Chairs Group and the Chair of the General Medical Council Quality Scrutiny Group in London.

A psychiatrist by background, she was previously Senior Principal Medical Officer - Mental Health (2006-2011) for the Scottish Government and Mental Health Advisor to Greater Glasgow Health Board (1998-2006).

She has a longstanding interest in professional and service regulation and was Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Scotland, Secretary of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges in Scotland and Board member of the Allied Health Professions Council UK.

Her research interests have been in supporting individual and families of those with schizophrenia and she was Medical Advisor to the National Schizophrenia fellowship in Scotland. She supported the work of young researchers through her former position as Board member of Medical Research Scotland.


Jonathan Wood

Scotland National Manager, Place2Be

Jonathan Wood has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 30 years, with 20 of those as a psychotherapist/art therapist. He has also managed counselling based projects for those 20 years. He has an MSC in Psychological Counselling, a PG Diploma in Art Therapy, a Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology and is two thirds through an MBA. He is registered as an art therapist with the Health Professions Council and has worked in the fields of homelessness, drug addiction, learning disability, mental health and children and families - just over half his working life has been spent in London, with the rest in Edinburgh. For the last four years Jonathan has led Place2Be’s service in Scotland, seeing the organisation double its reach in that time. 


Amy Woodhouse

Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, Children in Scotland

Amy is part of Children in Scotland’s Leadership Team and heads the organisation’s policy work.

She has overall responsibility for the organisation’s participation and engagement activity with children and young people. She has shared responsibility for project development and oversees a portfolio of Children in Scotland projects.

Amy joined Children in Scotland in May 2015. She has a particular interest in children and young people’s mental health, stemming from 16 years working in the mental health sector for a variety of national third sector organisations.

Amy has extensive experience of managing qualitative research, evaluation and development projects at national and local levels. She is a keen supporter of child rights and evidence-informed policymaking and practice.

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Tommy Stevenson

Senior Manager Child and Adolescent Mental Health, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care partnership


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Alison Motion, Grounds for Learning,
Delegate at Raising Young Scots Conference, November 2017

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