MacKay Hannah

Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Scotland: What will it mean for your organisation?


Tam Baillie

former Children and Young People’s Commissioner (Scotland)

Tam Baillie was the Children and Young People’s Commissioner (Scotland) between May 2009 and May 2017.  Prior to that, Tam worked in various roles as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for over 30 years.

With his role as the Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Tam had a duty to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland under the age of 18, or those under 21 if they have ever been in the care of a local authority.

The Commissioner had duties of:

  • Raising awareness of rights
  • Involving children and young people in our work
  • Considering law, policy and practice that concerns rights
  • Communicating best practice about rights

Tam’s current activities include:

  • Chair of the Shetland Public Protection Committee
  • Chair of the Western Isles Child Protection Committee
  • Vice-Chair of the Child Protection Committees Scotland
  • Board member of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA)
  • Chair of the Campaign to End Youth Homelessness in Scotland
  • Board member of the International Play Association, Scotland
  • Board member of the International Play Association, World
  • Board member of Upstart Scotland
  • Ambassador for Cyrenians, Edinburgh
  • Ambassador for Lickity Spit Children Theatre Company

Tam also works a speaker, trainer and consultant in the field of children’s rights.


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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I thought the Q&A at the end was very useful - getting to hear questions people had from other agencies.

Know Your Children's Rights Seminar, 3rd October 2017

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