Our Staff

Together has three members of staff - Juliet Harris (Director), Joanna Shepherd (Assistant Policy Officer) and Maria Doyle (Assistant Research Officer)


Juliet Harris - Director


Juliet is the Director of Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) and leads the organisation in promoting and monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) across Scotland. This includes working with Together's membership of over 300 children's organisations and professionals to produce an annual State of Children's Rights report, liaising with government and parliamentarians to further children's rights in policy and practice and reporting on progress to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Juliet's previous experience includes six years tackling the destitution and poverty of refugees and asylum seekers, alongside a number of roles with charities working in the field of health and homelessness. Juliet has an LLM in International Human Rights Law. Out of the office you'll find Jules climbing spectacular mountains in Scotland and across Europe, exploring ice caves or cycling down to see her family in Cumbria.

Joanna Shepherd - Assistant Policy Officer

Picture of Joanna Shepherd

Joanna is the Assistant Policy Officer at Together and joined the organisation in the summer of 2016 to assist with the writing of the State of Children's Rights report. After completing a Bachelor of Music at King's College London in 2013, Joanna volunteered with various charities in London, gaining experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights. She then worked for Plan International UK as a Sponsorship Assistant in their Individual Giving Team. Joanna graduated with an MSc in Health Inequalities and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 where she undertook research on the health impacts of informal caregiving in minority ethnic communities. When she's not in the office, Joanna enjoys playing the flute in local music ensembles and exploring the Scottish countryside.


Maria Doyle - Assistant Research Officer


Maria is an Assistant Research Officer at Together. She has been with the organisation since May 2017 when she joined to complete a placement as part of her LLM in Human Rights Law. During this time she conducted a research project into the impact of Brexit on children's rights with a particular focus on cross-border family law proceedings. Maria also has an LLB in Scots Law and completed her undergraduate dissertation on the externalisation of EU immigration controls and their interaction with refugee law. Out of the office Maria is a hobbyist printmaker and enjoys creating prints of the places she visits.

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