Meet the Board
Mary joined the board in 2014 and is a graduate of the Parenting Matters course. Since joining the Board, she has been heavily involved in the recruitment of new staff for the existing and new services. Mary has enjoyed a varied career in education, teaching in early years, primary, and secondary schools. She found being a primary headteacher very rewarding, and prior to retirement had the great privilege of being Head of Service for North Ayrshire Council, with responsibility for Education for Children and Young People. As well as spending time with her family, Mary enjoys travelling, gardening, hill-walking, cooking, and reading.
Many years ago Alan set up Heatwise Glasgow and the Wise Group, helping long-term unemployed people get into work. He was also the Senior Director for Skills and Learning in Scottish Enterprise. Through working with unemployed people and in compiling labour market information for Scotland, Alan became aware that the skills employers want are the same skills that you need to negotiate life. That is talking and listening, working with other people, and elementary problem solving - skills or attributes you get or do not get way before school. Alan has two teenage children and has written a book "Right from the Start”
Right from the start: Investing in parents and babies
(Postcards from Scotland)
Ken has spent most of his career working for social enterprises, mainly in learning and development, and is currently an organisational development consultant for clients in the charity, social enterprise, and not for profit sectors. He has written several books about learning and development. He is a long-term supporter of children’s charities, and experienced as a parent, step-parent and grandparent, including involvement in the adoption process. Ken believes none of us are experts in parenting, and we all need to learn from one another, and help develop the next generation of great parent
Over a long career Aline-Wendy worked initially in early childhood, primary and special education, a residential home for mothers and babies, as a home-visiting teacher, a nursery head and later as a teacher educator and researcher. Now Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde, she continues to research and write, do ceramics, dig her allotment and to play and learn with her grandchildren
I started my career in the Military at age 17, in the Royal signals and have been working in Communications ever since, (31 yrs) I am a Business Development Manager and work in partnership with companies across the UK and Ireland supporting them with their business technology. I am also a qualified life coach and a reiki practitioner. I love working with people and helping them see what they have within. I am a parent to 2 adult daughters who are at the heart of everything I do. In my spare time I am a member of a Musical Theatre group.I have done several charity events over the years, Sleep in the Park, Kilt Walk, Womens 5k to name a few, I am really inspired to help others as much as I can
I am honoured to be part of the PNS board and I am looking forward to working with the team and the other board members to help grow the charity, the funding and anything else that is required. This is a really important charity to support parents and therefore the future of our communities.