Gayle Telfer Stevens
Gayle Telfer Stevens is best known as Shieldinch’s razor sharp landlady Caitlin in River City and one half of the smash hit comedy duo THE Dolls. Gayle became involved in Parent Network Scotland in 2018 after reading about the work we do within communities to help parents and sharing the same passion that as parents we all need a bit of support every now and again. “Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, but the best, there is no other feeling than being a mammy but it’s also terrifying at times!”.
Gayle is enthusiastic about making Scotland the best place for children to grow and within PNS we will do our best to make that happen. As an Ambassador for Parent Network Scotland Gayle will endeavor to share their stories, join in the fun and challenges for our communities and most importantly our parents. “We are only as good as the village we grow with, to parent together is to conquer the world. Us parents need each other, let’s grow!”
We now have the fabulous James Smith as our Ambassador for Parent Network Scotland. James has a wealth of experience in the public sector and as an ambassador for other brilliant charities, alongside his job as radio presenter on Scene Radio with his show 'A Date with Mr Fabulous', and as a host and judge for many events. James enjoys being a panel member for the Scottish Children's Hearings system.
As if his diary isn't busy enough, James also works as a scout for talent for ITV, a TV personality on STV's "Live at Five", and he runs the beautiful Roebank Hotel in Beith!
James and his husband made Scottish history as they were the first same sex couple approved in Scotland for adoption in 2009, and first to be placed with a child. They have since adopted their son Samuel, which was the best thing they've ever done. They are now settled as a family, and since this process has given them great joy, they have therefore decided in 2016 to make it public knowledge, to encourage others to do likewise. Social Work Services asked James to be an Ambassador for Families for Children which he is very proud and happy to be. James worked alongside them and also The Sunday Herald in publicising their story to promote adoption, also interviewing with the BBC, STV etc., such as the Kaye Adams Show, Live at Five, Radio Shows etc and many more. James is also involved with Glasgow City Council's fostering & adoption campaigns.