Our real strength is in our people. And we have a superb team of highly experienced, insightful staff who work collaboratively with everyone whose work touches the lives of looked after children and young people.
Strategic Management Team
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Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in children's services to CELCIS from Canada, the USA and the UK. She's worked as a practitioner and academic, and in education and leadership positions. Jennifer has a particular interest in the lived experiences of looked after children, and in the development of tools which will ensure effective policies turn into supportive practice in alternative care around the world. Jennifer's spent a lifetime trying to find the perfect cinnamon bun recipe, and as a Canadian, adds maple syrup to everything edible.
Director of Programmes and
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After a long career spent in children and families social work practice, Claire now plays an important leadership role within the CELCIS Directorate. Claire's principle focus is to make sure that we really know and understand what works best when it comes to supporting looked after and vulnerable children, their families and care leavers. Claire is a champion for this knowledge to be included in legislation, policy and guidance and implemented in support services. Free time is spent with her triplet nieces, going running, and singing in the Rock Choir.
Head of Development and
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As a member of the Senior Management Team, Ben identifies and secures new opportunities for CELCIS to support work which improves the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable children here in Scotland, and around the world. Ben's had a variety of roles in the third and public sectors and is a lifelong advocate for a just society, where every child has the chance to realise the potential they were born with. When not changing the world, Ben can often be found trying to better his baking skills.
Head of Central Services
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In her role on the senior management team Kathleen takes a 360º view of CELCIS’s work. Her focus is all about supporting strategic and successful delivery of CELCIS’s work with its partners, by assessing how that work is communicated and implemented. Kathleen brings long experience in knowledge & information exchange and remains passionate about how evidence is best used in practice. She’s a self-confessed yoga fanatic, it’s what she does to stay sane and balanced. A trained dancer, she occasionally finds time to trip the light fantastic.
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Throughout Steven's career he has worked in organisations that support children and young people to improve their experiences and life opportunities. At CELCIS, he leads the management of strategic, operational and financial planning to ensure effective and efficient delivery of all of our services. As a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and former graphic designer, Steven combines practical and creative approaches to problem solving. A keen painter, Steven also loves to read, and spend time with his family.
Head of Improving Care
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Joanne is a qualified children and families' social worker with 25 years' experience in a wide range of local authority, voluntary and policy roles. Joanne heads up the Improving Care Experiences team at CELCIS which has a particular focus on core practice, assessment, planning and review for our looked after children. Joanne believes if you care, support, and carefully challenge people you will get the absolute best from them. Her growth and nurture agenda extends to the care she bestows on her beloved garden.
Head of Improving Permanence
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Aileen's role on the CELCIS senior management team sees her leading and managing the organisation's partnership work in child protection, permanence, health and children's hearing improvement programmes . Aileen's focus is on developing systems which offer both practical support on a child's legal journey through or into care, but also incorporate their physical, psychological and emotional needs. Working collaboratively to make change for the better is what makes Aileen happy, as does her eclectic range of interests ranging from punk rock and time with her own two children, to gardening and cats.