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.

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.

Linda Kirkland

Linda is a retired Chartered Certified accountant and former Director of Operations with NHS Highland with over 30 years senior management experience. She is a board member of the Puffin Pool in Dingwall and a court member of the University of Highlands & Islands. Linda moved to Inverness with her family from Edinburgh in 1990.

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.

Alice Mongiello

Alice is BA (Hons) Childhood Practice Programme Leader based at Inverness College, UHI. Before joining UHI in 2005, Alice worked as an Early Years and Child Care Lecturer in a number of Scotland’s Colleges commencing in 1996. Alice was also employed as a part-time Associate Lecturer with the Open University between 2007-2009 and was seconded on a part-time basis between 1999-2000 to the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE) as a Research Assistant working on a project investigating the role of classroom assistants. Prior to 1996, Alice worked as a Childhood Practitioner for 6 years in several private sector settings in Tucson, Arizona and Edinburgh. Alice is particularly interested in learners’ individual journeys as they undertake degree level study. In 2016 Alice successfully became a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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 Mitchell

Shirley Anne Mitchell – 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 moved to Scotland 15 years ago after a career in retail working for Sainsburys. Following some time at home with her young family, Jane has worked for Eden Court Theatre & the Belladrum Festival for the last 10 years.
At Eden Court, Jane started as a project manager on the Bodycurrents dance project & then was Colin Marr Chief Executive’s, PA for 8 years. During that time she also produced three plays – Never Land, Not About Heroes & the Return, which toured Scotland. In recent years Jane has been part of the programming team, bringing live theatre to the Highlands.
Jane started at Belladrum Festival 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 including the Children’s Area, Street Theatre, Dance & Variety Performances. 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, wedding planner and general organiser of things on a freelance basis.