Board of Directors

Margaret Kinsella – Board Chair

Margaret started her working life running a playscheme in an empty field which taught her the importance of creativity and flexibility! Working in the West of Scotland she was involved in Voluntary and Statutory agencies, for example Dumbarton District Women’s Aid, Drumchapel Family Learning Centre and Glasgow NHS supporting children, young people, their families and communities. Since 2003, Margaret worked for Highland Council involved in reducing the complexity and barriers of getting effective services to children when they need it.

Dr Graham Watson

Dr Graham Watson was Head of Resources for High Life Highland, with responsibility for finance, HR, IT and capital projects. Before that he worked as the cultural manager with The Highland Council’s Education Service and had play development policy as part of his portfolio. He is interested in the role of leisure and culture in the early years, particularly in play development.

 Now retired from paid employment he enjoys being a full-time historian.

Marie Mackintosh

Marie has been involved in the development of childcare services in the Highlands since the 1990s with Inverness and Nairn Enterprise and HIE and currently works as State Aid Manager for HIE. She is a director on a number of social enterprise boards with experience of financial management and governance matters. She brings business knowledge and connections to the CALA Board.

Shirley Anne MacDonald

Shirley Anne’s career has spanned Financial Services, Training and Development and Business Process Management in a Senior Management capacity.  She has always lived in Inverness but travelled extensively in the UK while working for the Alliance & Leicester, JHP Training and Cap Gemini. She holds qualifications in Management, Training and Development and Financial Planning and has also spent many years working and campaigning on a voluntary basis for services for Children with Diabetes with the British Diabetic Association.

Jane Litster


Jane Litster

Jane moved to Scotland 16 years ago after a career in retail working for Sainsburys. Following some time at home with her young family, Jane worked for Eden Court Theatre for 10 years. In 2020, Jane moved to a new challenge as a manager at the Fortrose Medical Practice.

Jane started at Belladrum Festival 11 years ago working as the assistant to the Event Manager on a voluntary basis. This led to the role of Entertainments Manager for the last 5 years. Jane programmes and looks after all the weird & wonderful parts of the festival that are not music on a big stage. Jane is passionate about making the festival easy & fun for families with children, nurturing new talent & bringing community groups to the festival.

Jane also works as an event manager and general organiser of things on a freelance basis.

Scott Hay

Scott retired from Scottish Fire and Rescue service in 2016 after more than 30 years serving in Glasgow and the Highlands, latterly as a local senior officer. He had the responsibility for fire and rescue service delivery and wider partnership engagement with other public and third sector agencies across the Highland area. This included working in a range of initiatives aimed at children and young people from raising awareness of safety issues to cross partnership working on community projects.

Since retiring he has joined the board of trustees for Relationship Scotland – Family Mediation Highland and in 2020 took on the chair’s role.

Scott is very supportive of promoting positive life experiences for children and young people. As a father of three, he knows the importance of ensuring all can get the best start in life and become confident and successful individuals

Advisor to the Board

Rosie Baxter

Rosie is a retired Community Paediatrician and GP with wide experience in working with children with all types of disabilities, and their carers. As her work also involved networking with Education, Social Work, Allied Health Professionals and charitable organisations in the Highlands, she brings a knowledge of what makes a real difference to vulnerable children and their families. While bringing up her own 6 children she was involved in running playgroups, Guides and youth groups.