MacKay Hannah

Supporting Hard To Reach Children In Hard Times

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Kate Thomson

Behaviour Specialist, School of Hard Knocks

Kate is a Behaviour Specialist for School of Hard Knocks, a social inclusion charity that delivers contact sport-based programmes to young people at risk of exclusion from school (as well as unemployed adults). Kate is also a Researcher in the Centre for Psychological Therapies at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Lecturer in Psychology and Criminology. Kate is currently nearing completion of her PhD on responses to the sexual exploitation of children and young people in Scotland and holds an MSc in Forensic Psychology and MA in Psychology. She has substantial practical experience across a variety of settings with children, young people and adults affected by a range of issues, including abuse, substance use and offending. 

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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Jonathan Wood

Head of Service Scotland East, 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. 

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I had attended the previous seminar which was why I attended this one too. The seminar was a reminder or refresher of what I already know. However I will take away some good points from today. It was good to learn more about the balance of views and rights and it was very interesting to get an insight into Tam's (Baillie) experiences as Children's Commissioner.

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Delegate at Understanding and Delivering Children's Rights Seminar

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