Direct Services

Debbie Campbell

Debbie Campbell

Head of Services

Hi, my name is Debbie, I have worked in childcare for over twenty years in a variety of roles, the last 13 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 Services Manager.

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 Service Coordinators, tasked with ensuring the smooth and professional running of all services.

Out of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and numerous animals.

Ruth Gomes

Ruth Gomes

Operations Manager

I began my career in childcare eleven years ago volunteering in a school nursery. This inspired me to gain some formal qualifications in Early Education. I began studying and went on to complete my BA in Childhood Practice. This led to me managing an outdoor preschool in the Highlands. I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in outdoor education and really value the benefits of outdoor play for children of all ages.

After some time off to care for my young family, I joined CALA as a Childhood Practice Manager in April 2018.

At home I am kept busy with my three boys; walking our dogs, going on trips, watching movies together and trying to beat each other at Monopoly!

Julia McNeil

Julia McNeil

Childhood Practice Manager

I have been with CALA since September 2006; starting off travelling around managing ELC and OSC from Foyers to Inverness.

During this time I have had the opportunity to gain a degree in Childcare plus various other opportunities to increase my knowledge.

I am delighted to be the family centre manager for Wimberley Estate Childcare Centre, in Inverness, we are a very busy centre with babies to 5yr old children, every day our children bring a smile to our faces and remind us why we enjoy our jobs.

Mother of two grown-up girls, whom both are embarking on their chosen careers, leaving myself and my husband to enjoy walking, cycling, motorbikes and holidays.

Annarie Heneghan

Annarie Heneghan

Childhood Practice Manager

I have worked for CALA for the last 16 years and during this time I have gained qualifications to match the childcare roles I have held. I most recently gained a BA Childcare Practice and am currently the Manager of Sutherland Stepping Stones Childcare Centre and Golspie ELC.

On a personal note, I have two daughters and a son and am also blessed with three beautiful grandsons. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and new puppy Hunter who is very lively. I enjoy reading, socializing and anything crafty.

Holly Bannerman

Holly Bannerman

Childhood Practice Manager

After leaving secondary school I went on to study Childcare at college and then completed my Childhood Practice Degree. Throughout my time studying I had the opportunity to work with children from birth – 12 years in a variety of ELC settings including Out of School Care in the Highlands and voluntary work in Uganda for 6 weeks teaching Mathematics. After studying I continued expanding my knowledge and experience by managing a nursery setting.

I joined CALA in Dec 2019 and enjoy working with an incredibly supportive team, delivering high-quality care and learning for the children and their families. I love watching how children learn through exploring their world around them, expanding their current skills, knowledge and understanding

When I’m not working I like to take part in Crossfit training sessions regularly, walk the dog and keep myself fit. I also really enjoy reading in my spare time.

Alison Morrison Smith

Alison Morrison Smith

Childhood Practice Manager

I have been working in Junior World in Nairn for 10 years in a variety of roles, starting off as a part-time helper in Out of School Care, then spending some years in Early Years as a Playworker and as a one to one support. I then became a Senior in Out of School Care which is where I found I was most comfortable and enjoyed this role and working with the older children.

In 2012 I became the Senior in the new Daycare facility and with the rest of the team, we now have a very busy and successful service for children aged 2-5-year-old.

In 2014 I reduced my hours at Junior World to mornings to able me to fulfil my role as a CPM in the afternoons. Within the role, I am responsible for 4 Out of School Services and a breakfast club. I enjoy this new position and the different people I get to work alongside many different professions and background,

Karina Pawszok

Karina Pawszok

Childhood Practice Manager

My name is Karina Pawszok, I am a Childhood Practice Manager at Care and Learning Alliance.

My work within the company started years ago, first as staffbank, then as Senior Practitioner. I also worked for local authority nursery in Inverness and in a private nursery school in Edinburgh. While working I was gaining qualifications in Early Education and Childcare; first through college then onto university, where I gained my degree in Childhood Practice.

I come from Poland and live in Inverness with my family, I am a mother of three (now grown-up) children and grandmother to twins (boy & girl).

I love reading books, travelling – especially camping, art – oil paint and pencil drawing, and theatre.

Donna Sinclair

Donna Sinclair

Childhood Practice Manager

After spending many years working within safety and works control, an opportunity arose to change career path after having my 3 children. Since then I have spent 9 years in childcare running my own childminding business and acting as a relief practitioner in Highland Early Learning Centres.

After completing my SVQ 3 and beginning my degree in Childhood Practice I now manage 3 Early Learning Childcare Centres, Reay, Watten and Norlin and also provide support to the CALA Childminder Members. I am enjoying the challenges this position provides whilst caring for my 3 children.

Philip Hull

Philip Hull

Childhood Practice Manager

I have been fortunate to have worked with children most of my adult life, after having lived above a Nursery School as a child. I worked in a few settings in London and Oxford before joining a childcare group in Kent eventually becoming its owner. After adopting two girls we needed a lifestyle change and decided on relocating to the Highlands and joining the Care and Learning Alliance.

Lucy Barron

Lucy Barron

Childhood Practice Manager

I have always known I have had a passion for working with children. After I had gained my HNC I took some time to focus on my practice and had the opportunity to work my way up to deputy manager of a private nursery. I began studying for my BA Childhood Practice in the summer of 2020.

I joined CALA in November 2021 and I have really enjoyed working within such a supportive and inspiring team. It is amazing to be able to play a role in the early years of children’s lives and to watch them grow and flourish.
In my own time I love to see my family and friends. I also enjoy going out with my partner and our two dogs to explore the Highlands together.

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