Board Membership

Highland Children's Forum has a new committee who will become the Board of Trustees for the Highland Children and Young People's Forum

Watch this space for biographies for our new members

Norman MacAskill- Chair

Name:  Norman MacAskill

What is your role with HCYPF:  Member of the Board of Trustees

Why did you want to work/volunteer with HCYPF: I have been aware of the excellent work carried out by HCF (now HCYPF)  for many years through my involvement in the Highland voluntary sector. After retiring in 2019, I knew I wanted to use some of my experience, knowledge and skills in a voluntary capacity so when I was approached to stand for the Board, it was a no brainer to say yes.

What is your history of working with children and young people: I don't have professional experience of working with children but I have been involved in working with young people at various times, from delivering computer training back in the 1980s to working with disabled young people and adults as a manager for the charity Lead Scotland a few years ago.

Favourite colour: Maroon

What do you do in your spare time: Cooking (and eating!), movies, reading, walking - and I've recently done a drawing course at Eden Court which has sparked an interest in trying to be more artistic!

Something people might not know about you: I appeared as an extra in the epic movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 

Les Morgan -Vice Chair

Name:  Les Morgan

What is your role with HCYPF:  Vice Chair

Why did you want to work/volunteer with HCYPF: Make a difference for young people

What is your history of working with children and young people: Chair of COVEY Befriending (S Lanarkshire) for 10 years 2009-2019, P.E. teacher, Ski instructor + Dad to 2 children (now 32 & 26)

Favourite colour: Yellow

What do you do in your spare time: Paddle Board / gym / walk dogs / ski / golf / cycle

Something people might not know about you: I have suffered and recovered from depression bouts 

Jim Gilzean - Treasurer

Name: Jim Gilzean

What is your role with HCYPF:  Member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer

Why did you want to volunteer with HCYPF: I was told to by my daugher-in-law! I have an interest in what voluntary organisations can do for youngseters as I have a grandson with autism. 

What is your history of working with children and young people? Way back in time taking youngsdters from South Kessock to Ploaackton for camps - involvement with Samaritans, Citizens Advice Bureau 

Favourite colour: Green

What do you do in your spare time? Draw, paint, walk my dog and visit my grandchildren. 

Something people might not know about you: I ride horses, motorbikes and fly. 

Kirsty Hunter 

Name – Kirsty Hunter

What is your role with HCYPF – Member of the Board of Trustees

Why did you want to work/volunteer with HCYPF – I was approached in 2014 to become a member of the committee and at the time I didn’t know much about HCF and their amazing work. Once I had been introduced to their incredible work, past and present, I was hooked! It is such a privilege to work with such passionate people who care so much about giving others a voice.

What is your history of working with children and young people – Following on from my own experiences of trauma in childhood and adolescence I was determined to overcome my interrupted education, I left school with no qualifications due to having ME, and ‘give back’ to those who may be experiencing similar adversity in childhood. I began by volunteering at Raigmore’s Children’s ward. Following my time there I volunteered for Home Start, worked as a support worker in children’s residential care, a children and young person’s practitioner at Women’s Aid, a Youth Development Officer, a youth work project coordinator, advocacy worker and mentoring support officer.

Favourite colour – Hydrangea blue

What do you do in your spare time – I love spending time with my little family and all our animals. I love gardening, walking and being by the sea. I also love creating things from glass and wire.

Something people might not know about you – when I was little I used to pretend my name was Imogen and that I was a ballerina ☺ 

Sarah Fowler

Name – Sarah Fowler

What is your role with HCYPF – Member of the Board of Trustees

Why did you want to work/volunteer with HCF – HCF and CHIP+ (where I’m Chief Officer) have a fantastic partnership, working in very different but complementary ways to support families in Highland. When I was initially invited to join the Committee I jumped at the chance – I miss working directly with young people!

What is your history of working with children and young people – Being a mentor at school got me hooked! I volunteered as a Welfare Officer at Uni, became a Student Support Mentor in a college then went on to become a Youth Worker in a young people’s project. I then moved into service management but remained hands on – working with young people was always the best part!

Favourite colour – Green

What do you do in your spare time – Mostly hang out with my gorgeous toddler but love a day in the hills walking and generally being outdoors in the beautiful Highlands

Something people might not know about you – In 2012 I spent 5.5 months walking 2650 miles across the USA.

Jean Sieczkarek 

Name: Jean Sieczkarek

What is your role with HCYPF:  Member of the Board of Trustees

Why did you want to work/volunteer with HCYPF: When involved with the transitions team from the adult service view point I realised the difficulty children had making that switch into adulthood. I wanted to understand the children's services perspective and share an adult service perspecitve  - so we could look at one another from the other end of the telescope so to speak.

What is your history of working with children and young people: I was the first manager in The Orchard (children's residential respite care service) and recruited and trained the first group os staff. I have managed school nurses, health visitors and midwives in my role as Area Manager. 

Favourite colour: claret and blue 

What do you do in your spare time: I suppoprt Westham! I also enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, camping and playing golf.

Something people might not know about you: when in school my brother (Mark Sieczkarek) and I were asked to wear blue tights and a waistcoat to perfrorm in Swan Lake at Eden Court with Scottish ballet. We had to open the dooor for Elaine McDonald OBE to come pirouetting through.  

Laurie Symon 

Name: Laurie Symon

What is your role with HCYPF: Member of the Board of Trustees

Why did you want to work/volunteer with HCYPF: I think HCYPF is a fantastic organisation which really puts the young people at the heart of everything it does. I have been lucky enough to work with other organisations with a similar ethos and I was delighted to have the chance to become involved with HCYPF.

What is your history of working with children and young people: In the past I have worked with children and young people in a variety of capacities. I have worked as a youth worker in a community centre, as an English teacher in China and as a charity support worker. I also currently work for the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association, which gives me the chance to work with young people from across the Highlands. It’s great to see the passion and enthusiasm that so many people have for this beautiful part of the world!

Favourite colour: Light blue

What do you do in your spare time: Cooking, tennis, hillwalking, birdwatching, watching or playing almost any kind of sport (apart from cricket or darts!)

Something people might not know about you: I have never seen, and have no interest in seeing, any of the Star Wars films!

 

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Highland Children and Young People's Forum is a registered charity, created by the parent carers of children with additional support needs. The Forum aims to ensure that the voices of children and young people with additional support needs are heard in the design and provision of services in Highland.

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