Board of Directors

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.

Margaret Kinsella

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.

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. He is interested in the role of leisure and culture in early years, particularly in play development.

In addition to a number of years of experience in senior management and finance, he has a business studies masters qualification. He recently took flexible retirement to be manager of the Inverness Castle project, which reflects his background in culture. museums and heritage. However, he is looking forward to full retirement in 2019 when he can resume his interest in historical research.

Heather Magill

Heather has been a board member since September 2013 and has served on her local pre-school group and school board committees. Through her previous employment, she was instrumental in setting up innovative new monitoring systems for out of school provision and has sound knowledge of financial planning and budgets.

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.

Advisor to the Board


James House

Since 2009, James has brought experience and insight to the CALA Board. As a Community Dev. Officer with the Army Welfare Service he has shared valuable insight into the needs of army families in particular. Having worked in the UK, Germany & with colleagues in Northern Ireland, James has sound knowledge of quality processes and systems in relation to children and family services.