David Barr – Chair
Assistant Director Operations (South), Aberlour Child Care Trust
David has worked in a wide range of social work and social care roles. He gained his DipSW from Strathclyde University in 1994, and worked as a Children and Families social worker before moving into the voluntary sector. He then completed the Leading to Deliver programme in 2006, gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Services Leadership.
David is currently responsible for the management and development of services in South Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders at Aberlour Child Care Trust. He also represents CCPS and ETCS on the Strategic Commissioning Project Board (Doran), and represents Aberlour on a national group considering the assessment and support needs of parents with a learning disability.
David’s advisory role on the Board is to support and line manage the CEO.
Jenny Kane – Vice Chair
Team Manager Leaving Care Services, Falkirk Council
Jenny manages two local authority children’s homes as well as the leaving care team in Falkirk. Her background and qualifications are in Community Education and she ‘fell’ into social work after working in a hostel for homeless young people, where she discovered that many of them had care backgrounds. This led her into residential child care.
Jenny established the leaving care team in 2004 and counts among her achievements all 6s in her Care Inspectorate report as well as overseeing the refurbishment of a former police station into a beautiful children’s home.
Jenny’s advisory role on the Board is to support the Chairperson.
Andrew Cameron QPM CBE
(Independent) Independent Chairperson of Significant Case Review and Ex-Chief Constable for Central Scotland Police
Having spent most of his professional career in the police service, culminating in being chief constable of Central Scotland Police, Andrew thereafter took up a role directing staff of the Leadership Academy for Policing at Bramshill.
He was then appointed as an Independent Adviser to Police Authorities and the Justice Secretary on chief police officer appointments throughout Scotland. Before becoming a trustee, Andrew undertook a significant case review into the death of an infant on behalf of East Ayrshire Child Protection Committee.
Transitional Development Manager, Dean and Cauvin Trust
Richard has been a member of the Staf Board for three years and has supported the organisation in developing to become a flagship facilitator and torch bearer for all corporate parents supporting young people from a looked after background. He has worked within the sector for the last ten years both as a social work practitioner and manager of a throughcare and aftercare service. Richard is currently working as the Transitional Development Manager at Dean and Cauvin Trust, which enables him to creatively change and develop the way their services are provided, with young people at the heart of his work.
His work at both Dean and Cauvin Trust and at Staf, have provided Richard with the opportunity to challenge and break some of the barriers and myths around young people from a care background. He is excited and enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead for all corporate parents under the recent legislative changes to further enhance the equitable opportunities and supports for young people in Scotland.
Richard’s advisory role on the Board is to oversee HR on behalf of the Board.
Strategic Lead (Scrutiny and Improvement Support), Care Inspectorate
Lawrie began her social work career as a trainee Social Worker in Airdrie, before going on to complete her social work training in Edinburgh. She has worked in both local authority and third sector settings, mainly with children and families. Lawrie moved from the third sector, where she held a senior post developing and leading services for young people leaving care, into regulation with Edinburgh and Lothian Registration and Inspection Service, then the Care Commission, and more recently the Care Inspectorate. Lawrie has held a number of senior posts in the Care Commission and Care Inspectorate. She currently holds the post of Strategic Lead (Scrutiny and Improvement Support), supporting reviews of a number of key areas around inspection, methodology, practice and policy.
Lawrie welcomes the opportunity to continue to support young people by joining the Board at Staf.
Service Manager, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Grace has held a range of posts in residential child care over the years, and has a particular passion in improving the outcomes for care experienced young people.
Currently, as a Service Manager for Family Support and Young People in East Ayrshire, her responsibilities include the Intensive Support Service, Family Support Team, Whole Systems Approach, Care Leavers’ Strategy within Corporate Parent Strategy, and other developmental activity.
As a student and Dundee University, Grace achieved an MA (Hons) in Social Administration and Political Science. She later went on to gain an MSW at the University of Glasgow, before completing an MCI Management Award with the Open University.
Grace’s advisory role on the Board is Sector Knowledge.
Independent Reviewing Manager, Carolina House Trust
Doug has been working at Carolina House Trust in Dundee since 1992, and has experience of working in a residential setting, outreach and as a resource worker, supporting care leavers at a vital time in their lives.
Doug also played a role in helping to set up the Dundee Looked After Children Champion’s Board, which is led by young people and is making a tangible difference in improving the services. He is also a founding member of the support group to young people involved in the champion’s board, which he finds very rewarding.
Doug’s great passion in life is seeing our young people succeed.
(Retired) Executive Director of Social Work Resources, South Lanarkshire Council / Chief Officer of the South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Harry began his career as a trainee Social Worker in Rutherglen in 1975, before going on to complete his professional training in 1978. In 1982 he was promoted to his first management post as a senior social worker, before becoming a senior manager of Adult Services in Inverclyde, Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. Harry graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an MSc (Advanced Professional Studies) and from Lancaster University in 2007 with a diploma in Public Sector Collaboration Leadership.
In support of his work with the Council, Harry was President of Social Work Scotland (formerly the Association of Directors of Social Work). Harry is a Board Member of the Scottish Social Services Council, and became a Board Member of Staf in August 2016.
(Independent) Project Director, BT
Robert joined the board of Staf in February 2014, bringing 6 years’ experience of the Children’s Panel Hearing System. He has a strong understanding of the difficulties both children and young adults in care have and is passionate about ensuring that as young people leave care they have options, choices and support available to them where they need it to meet all their aspirations and goals. Robert also has care leaver experience.
Robert has successfully worked for BT for over 20 years, and brings a wealth of skills and experience, coupled with project management strengths which aim to support the organisation as we progress through new legislation and reshape our future approach.
Robert’s advisory role on the Board is Communication and PR.