Meet the Team CALA
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Despite being Chief Executive since June 2017, there is still so much to learn and every day is so different, interesting and exciting! Our staff are incredibly dedicated and it is such a privilege to work with them to support children, families and communities. Our strong partnerships mean we are all working together with the child at the centre and I am so proud of all that we do together with colleagues in Highland Council, HTSI, Scottish Government, NHS Highland and more. I truly believe that these innovative partnerships and joint working are needed if we are to develop and sustain quality provision in a beautiful, if often remote and rural, place like the Highlands.
Before I was with CALA, I was an Independent Councillor for Badenoch and Strathspey for a decade and during that time held senior roles including Co-Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Budget Lead as well as a Board member of NHS Highland and Cairngorms National Park Authority. Previous to that I lived abroad in the USA and Scandinavia for many years including running an international outdoor play space in Oslo. I currently chair the community development organisation Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey and am a lay member of the Joint Standing Committee for Legal Education of Scotland.
As a mother of four (almost grown-up!) daughters, life is never calm and quiet but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I do however try to find time to do yoga, read and, once restrictions are eased, I am looking forward to doing more travelling.
I joined CALA in 2006 as a Finance Officer working my way up to my current role as Director of Finance. I am lucky to be part of such a dedicated team and wonder where the last 14 years have gone! CALA has changed in many ways during my time here and in true CALA style, I am looking forward to the many changes, challenges and successes ahead.
I am happily married with 3 grown-up children, in my spare time I enjoy cycling, walking, travelling and socialising with family and friends
I live in Dulnain Bridge in the Badenoch & Strathspey area where I am fortunate enough to have beautiful views of the Cairngorm Mountains from my windows. In my spare time, I love walking and cycling with my two dogs Kylo and Hughie.
My working life has always been in Early Learning and Childcare in a variety of roles across England and Scotland. My role as Head of Quality, Learning & Workforce for CALA is incredibly varied and offers exciting and different challenges each day to ensure delivery of the highest quality in our services and beyond.
Hi, my name is Debbie, I have worked in childcare for over 25 years in a variety of roles, the last 15 of which have been with Care and Learning Alliance, with whom I started as a Childhood Practice Manager, working up to my current role as Head of Services.
I hold numerous childcare qualifications culminating in my PDA Level 9 Childhood Practice.
I am responsible for the management of our Office team, CALA Staffbank and Early Learning & Childcare Services, tasked with ensuring the smooth and professional running of all services.
Out with work, I enjoy spending time with my family and numerous animals.
I have just joined the team at CALA in May 2022 and I’m very excited to be part of the fantastic work that they already carry out and to help them with all that comes in the future. I am completely new to the childcare sector as I had been in management and business development within the motor trade for 26 years.
I have been married for 22 years and have a wonderful wife and 3 fantastic daughters, we recently got our first family dog which is a boy to at least try to even out the numbers!
I enjoy spending quality family time at home or away travelling and I’m also a keen watcher of all sports.
I am South African born, with a Scottish father. I came to Inverness Scotland at the beginning of June with the intentions to find permanent work and to emigrate here permanently.
I joined CALA on the 13th of June 2022 as a temp on an 10 week contract as an Assistant Office Administrator. During my time as a temp, my tasks increased and I learnt a lot about the company. Towards my ending date I was offered to be trained into a permanent position in HR. As a fast learner and seeking permanent placement I was delighted to accept.
On the 22nd of August my journey into HR at CALA began. I have formed wonderful relationships with my colleagues both in the office and out at the different settings within CALA. CALA has become home away from home.
Outside of work, I enjoy powerwalking for exercise and visiting family in other parts of Scotland. I am mostly a home body who enjoys cooking and watching endless amounts of movies on weekends.
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