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 Learning and Digital Development Manager for CALA is incredibly varied and offers exciting and different challenges each day creating learning materials and resources to help practitioners and students continuously develop to be their best for the children and young people that they provide for.
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 joined CALA in November 2020 after spending the first 5 years of my career in HR within the Construction Industry. It was a big change but I have enjoyed the challenge and look forward to the challenges that are ahead. I started off as HR Coordinator and have recently been promoted to HR Manager.
In my spare time, I love spending time with my partner and our beautiful puppy Ollie. I also enjoy socialising with friends and family and love to travel!
I previously worked in early years setting, most recently having worked as a part of the senior management team. From this, it sparked my interest in HR procedures and I was lucky to begin my HR career with CALA in September 2021. This has been a huge change for me but I am delighted to still be working in the childcare sector, although no longer within the setting. I am enjoying learning every day on this new career path and I love that there are new challenges for me to overcome!
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two springer spaniels, Harper and Molly.’
I am currently the Office Manager at Care and Learning Alliance with one of my roles being the management and daily operational support of CALA Staffbank.
I have previously worked as a Practitioner so I enjoy helping others gain experience in this exciting sector. During my time working in the childcare industry,
I also undertook a Business Management degree where I studied abroad for 4 months in Florida. In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks and going to the gym.
I was lucky enough to join the CALA team in November 2013 and I have never looked back. CALA is such a nice company to work for. I was given the opportunity to take on the role of Payroll Administrator which I was a bit nervous about as I had no experience in this line of work. It turns out I had nothing to worry about. I was given all the support I needed from my team and although I am still learning I am really enjoying the role.
Outside of CALA I like to spend time with my family. I have two little boys who keep me busy so never a dull moment. We own a caravan and love to go off on our adventures whenever we get the chance.
I joined CALA in March 2017 as Payroll Administrator. I have to say there is never a dull moment and I really enjoy working within the Central Support Team.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family
I joined CALA in November 2021 after graduating from Northumbria University in MSc in International Business Management. I come from a place named Pune, India. Becoming a member of CALA has been a delightful journey and looking forward to many more joyful years to come.
Apart from my work, I like to play/watch Cricket. Also, after coming in UK I have discovered my new hobby of cooking. So, when I am not working, I am either watching cricket or cooking some delicious food!
I have been working in Junior World in Nairn since August 2000, starting off as a volunteer progressing to a full-time position .
I have recently taken up post of Senior Childcare Practitioner in Out of School Care where I do breakfast club and after-school care. I enjoy this role and working with the older children.
I am also the Cashier for CALA preparing all invoices on a monthly basis, receiving payments and allocating to the relevant invoice. I carry out my role as cashier based at Junior World in Nairn.
In my spare time I play bowls for the Northern Counties Ladies and I coach the Nairn St Ninian u14`s girls football team. I also love to spend time with my daughter and meeting up with friends
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40 Longman Drive
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Tel: 01463 222 569
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