Sadie Kevill, Family Support Manager

It’s almost 10 years since I began my career in childcare and I really love my job as a Childhood Practice Manager in the Far North.

Out of work I enjoy spending time with my own children, having fun outdoors visiting the beach and at times even swimming in the cold North sea!

I have recently found a love for gardening and cycling which helps me to unwind. Although on a cold winters day you can’t beat cuddling up on the sofa with the family and a nice cup of tea.

North Team

 Eilidh Smith  (Area Family Support Practitioner)


Julie Taylor (Family Support Practitioner)

Hello everyone. Since joining Cala in January this year I have been on a rollercoaster of courses, meeting all my groups and getting to know all my lovely colleagues.

I relocated to the highlands in Jan 2011 and its one of the best decision I’ve ever made, not only do we live in the same village as my husbands family, Its a fantastic place for kids to grow up. Since my little girl was born I have made great friends, all of whom I met at baby and toddler groups.

When the position for Parent and Toddler Group Facilitator came up I couldn’t believe my luck, equally when I got offered the position I thought this is too good to be true. My little girl is starting playgroup and I was so sad that we would miss out on going to toddlers as we always have so much fun, but now with being the new Playgroup and Toddler Group Facilitator I will get to be the lady who provides the fun.

In my spare time, when there is some I run my children to all there after school clubs, spend time as a family and enjoy life.

Debbie Larnach (Gaelic Toddler Development Worker)

I joined CALA  as a Gaelic Parent Toddler Development Worker in November. I support two lovely toddler groups in the far North of Scotland, one in Thurso and another in Bettyhill. I am very passionate about promoting Gaelic and I am delighted to be able to do it with the wonderful parents and children that come along to these groups.

In my spare time I love road cycling, mountain biking, keeping fit and going to the many beaches here with my three boys and our dog Bonnie

Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Team

Louise Gibson 

I have been involved in childcare since 1990 when myself and a group of Mums and Dads helped set up the Toybox Children’s Centre here in Gairloch. Since then I have worked setting up out of school clubs then moved into CALA working with committee led groups before moving to the Family Support Team. I cover a large area from Lochinver to Portree and love seeing children grow and develop. My own two boys are now grown up and living in Inverness. I enjoy reading and working in my garden although the west coast weather limits this a bit! As you can see from the photo I also have cats!

Norma Holm (Family Support Practitioner)

I have spent all my working life in childcare and during this time I have been blessed with 6 children. 

I have enjoyed every area I’ve worked within childcare and now my family is grown up this post gives me the opportunity to have fun with young families and help them in a variety of ways.

 Kelly Sutherland 


 Lisa Davidson 


Lochaber Team

Caroline Askew,  Area Family Support Co ordinator.

Having travelled about a lot and had many interesting and varied jobs I love working with CALA as the Family Support Co ordinator for Lochaber. I support 11 Parent and Toddler Groups in this stunning area. Outdoors is where you will find me in my time off where I love to walk, cycle and chop wood for the stove.

My newest activity is Polytunnel Gardening, so I soon hope to be growing & eating lots of fresh veg. Children all grown up now but I have superb memories of making friends at my own Parent and Toddler Group when they were wee and I am delighted to be able to work with Parents, Babies & Toddlers again.

Louise Gibson



South Team


Nicki Hutchison (Family Support Practitioner)

I have worked with children and parents throughout my working life in various different capacities.  I’m passionate about providing lots of opportunities for children to learn, develop and explore the world as they grow and try to make sense of it. 
It’s a privilege to be able to provide some of these in the groups I go to and to listen and chat to families about the rollercoaster ride of parenting. Every day is an exciting mix of singing, reading stories, exploring, listening, playing and being messy and creative.  Out of work, I am usually found doing all these things too with my own children and their friends!

Mairianne Nairn (Family Support Project Coordinator)

I enjoy many aspects of my role within CALA but nothing beats having fun with all the amazing children and their familes that I meet at baby & toddler groups, army groups, prison family sessions and Dads’ groups to name but a few!

When I’m not at work I am spending time with my own three children. We love to have fun and are outdoors as much as possible and camping whenever we get the chance!

Susanne Macdonald  (Gaelic Development Worker)

Halo is ciamar a tha sibh?

I am Susanne Macdonald, and as part of the Gaelic team at CALA our remit is to encourage the use and learning of Gaelic within the parent and toddler setting. In other words through using the language in a natural way through play and song and the routine activities of the group. I support groups in the Inverness and Badenoch area. I was born in Uig in the Isle of Skye, and brought up here in Inverness. 

I am very passionate about the gaelic language and culture and wish more people could have access to it. I feel it is my mission to make that access possible where and when I can.

For anyone reading this who is interested in learning more about Gaelic, check out the Highland Council produced video Fas Foghlaim (Growing Education), this is the 

Youtube link :s

Or contact myself at [email protected]


Sam Rouke 

Lewis Lang  (Gaelic Development Worker)

Lisa MacDonald (Gaelic Development Worker)

I’ve been working for the Gaelic Toddler Project since February 2012. I look after the groups on the north west coast as well as line-managing the team. I love travelling to these distant communities and I value the friendships I make along the way. Every day is different and no two groups are the same, which makes my work exciting and extremely rewarding. It’s wonderful to see the wee ones absorbing the language and being able to support the parents is such an important part of my work.

I enjoy writing and singing, both of which come in handy! Apart from that, I like keeping fit in all sorts of ways eg skiff rowing and weightlifting… anything but the treadmill!