Children and Young People's Mental Health in Scotland: Delivering joined-up prevention, intervention and whole community support
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.
former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People
Tam Baillie was Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People from 2009 to 2017. As the Commissioner, Tam’s remit was to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland which are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Previously Tam worked as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for over 30 years. Tam worked primarily with young offenders, young people in and leaving care, and young homeless people. He has worked in Scotland and England and in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Tam latterly moved into policy and influencing to help address the strategic and structural changes necessary to affect lasting improvements for children and young people.
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.
Head of Education, Falkland House School and Member, The Scottish Children's Services Coalition
Kenny Graham is a qualified and fully GTCS registered teacher with over 20 years of experience in Special Education. Prior to taking up his current post as Head of Education at Falkland House School, he has experienced leading Care as well as Education Teams and was an Associate Lecturer at Stirling University. Falkland House School are founding members of the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition. Mr Graham is a key SCSC spokesperson; this has involved him working with several advisory groups and giving evidence in Parliament, primarily related to Additional Support for Learning and Mental Health.
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.
BSL Consultant, deafscotland
Derek has been a Deaf Professional for more than 20 years’ experience working, volunteering, supporting, informing, advising and guiding Deaf people, their families, colleagues and friends. As a Profoundly Deaf person and a dad to three beautiful daughters and a big fluffy Old English Sheepdog Benji. Oh of course a husband too, mustn’t forget his wife! Derek has a wealth of experience working with both Deaf and hearing people through Third, Public and Private Sectors. Has worked for RNID Scotland (now known as Action on Hearing Loss Scotland), Deaf Connections, National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Scotland twice, Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD), Deafblind Scotland and back at SCoD (now called deafscotland) as their BSL Consultant working with both the Scottish Government and BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 Partners’ working on the BSL National Plan with Public Bodies. He spent time as a Board of Trustee for British Deaf Association. Youth work is a huge passion of his and played a large part of his life. Mental health is an important part of his life, as she has come across many deaf people with mental health issues and sadly some are no longer here due to communication and accessibility barriers, in which Derek wants to improve for all deaf people in Scotland. But he will never forget where it all started working in the Hospitality Industry at a Nightclub for five years which he swears is one of the best jobs he has had, however his current role as BSL Consultant is almost on par. He has volunteered in various roles, projects, events, etc. for over 25 years – being a Baton Bearer and Clydesider for Glasgow 2014 was one of his best moments. Some of the highlights in his life was of course the birth of his three daughters, seeing young Deaf people growing up & achieving their potential and lastly, of course seeing the BSL (Scotland) Bill passed successfully – that was an emotional day, still is! Oh getting married and honeymooning in The Maldives was great highlight! Derek is an eager learner, and relishes in learning new things, particularly facts!
CEO, Love Learning
Lynn Bell is the founder and CEO of LOVE. She is wife of Scottish Police Detective, John Bell and Mother to 3 boys Joshua, Cory and Max. Through her working life, she has become a role model for women in business and an advocate for education and social justice
Growing up in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, Lynn has 3 sisters and believes her interest in business came from helping her mother and father in their small businesses, which gave her the founding and drive required to succeed.
After leaving school she worked in early years before she became a mother. She then went on to work with very chaotic young people who were moving through the criminal justice system.
Lynn always felt an affinity with her young people, and this is where her passion grew into sheer determination for social change and ensuring vulnerable people could access education. Lynn went back to college which accessed her into Strathclyde University on a sociology and Politics degree in 2002.
Since then Lynn has a completed a new qualification every year, ranging from compliance awards in social care, leadership and project management. She joined Scottish Fire and Rescue in 2009 as part of a child hood dream to become a firefighter and became probationer of the year and won a start award.
Lynn was promoted to crew manager and became an assessor and verifier for SQA awards within the fire service. This learning development experience allowed her the varied background required to found the charity Love Learning Scotland in 2014. This is now LOVE learning, a programme of LOVE.
Lynn has been involved in community programs across Scotland, and under her leadership as CEO, the growth of LOVE has skyrocketed.
Lynn is a Master practitioner of Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and both this and ongoing personal development has had a huge influence on her life.
Lynn has continued her efforts to support and inspire young people and is board member on Young Enterprise Lanarkshire.
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.
Senior Manager Child and Adolescent Mental Health, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care partnership
Tommy is currently the Senior Manager for CAMHs & Community Eating Disorder Service North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership/NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Current areas of interest include complex needs and whole system integration, changing practice through innovation. From a back ground in nursing Tommy has held several posts including Team Co-ordinator, Professional Nurse Advisor, Senior Nurse and Clinical Service Manager. In addition the opportunity to work with NHS Education Scotland as an Educational Project Manager provided a unique opportunity to develop and influence practice and work force development built on integration and strategic alignment. Current areas of interest include redesign and transformation within the health and social care context and the unique challenges and opportunities this brings.
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This was an excellent day with much to think about.