Our Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Together Board currently comprises 13 Trustees, elected to the Board on a rolling basis.


Fiona Jones - Chair of Together Board

Fiona is Head of Policy Development at cl@n childlaw, an outreach law centre for children and young people. She has practised as a solicitor, and as an advocate at the Scots Bar. In addition, she has worked as a learning assistant to a child with autism, and as an adviser in a Citizen's Advice Bureau.

In her current role, Fiona is involved in a wide variety of policy issues affecting children in Scotland. She is also a safeguarder in the Children's Hearings system, and a Court Reporter in family actions in the Sheriff Court. She delivers training across a spectrum of topics, including Children's Rights in Scots Law, Child Protection and the Law, and Children's Hearings. Her interest in and commitment to the realisation of children's rights goes back many years. Fiona joined the Board of Together in 2013.


Susan Elsley - Vice Chair of Together Board

Susan Elsley is an independent researcher, policy analyst and writer with a focus on children and young people and the services that support them. She works at the interface of policy, practice and research with her work underpinned by a commitment to children's human rights.

Susan regularly undertakes work for government and other public bodies, universities and voluntary organisations. Her interests include: rights based approaches to policy and services; children's wellbeing; looked after children; participation; advocacy and mentoring. She co-directs a CPD programme on research with children and young people at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), University of Edinburgh. Susan has longstanding interests in arts for children, particularly children's books and storytelling.

Susan has been on the board of Together since 2009.


John Ryan - Treasurer

John has worked in social care since 1986. In that time he has delivered, led and managed residential child care services in Scotland and Ireland and has also spent a number of years working in care service regulation. He came to work in Aberlour in 2006 and has been responsible for leading the standards and safeguarding portfolio until 1st September 2014. In that time he was also commissioned by SIRCC to write the current Scottish Government Guidance on the Management of Allegations Against Residential Child Care Workers and was instrumental in contributing to the Scottish Government's work on the Role of the External Manager.

John's current appointment as Assistant Director for Residential and Fostering Services started on 1st September and he has been pleased to be able to use his significant experience not only to grow Aberlour's residential and fostering portfolio but to also ensure that services are meeting the needs of those children and young people who come to live in Aberlour's Sycamore and Moray Fostering Services.

John is a strong advocate of children's rights and was instrumental in leading and supporting the development of Aberlour's participation framework.

Away from work he enjoys keeping fit and indulging himself in a spot of very amateur triathlon as well as playing competitive football in a veteran's league. John is married to Michaela who works in the banking industry as a recruitment manager. They have one son, Patrick, who is training to be a full-time ballet dancer at the English National Ballet School in London, a passion he has had since he was 7.


Rozanne Chorlton - Observer

Rozanne Chorlton is a Leadership and Communication Consultant. She provides communication guidance and support, particularly to organisations with leadership and management challenges. Ms Chorlton was UNICEF's Representative to Jordan, Somalia and Liberia until her retirement from the organisation in September 2011. During this period she also acted as UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator when the incumbent was absent. Before that she worked with UNICEF Tanzania co-ordinating adolescent programming. Ms Chorlton joined UNICEF briefly in 1994 as Head of External Relations in the Tanzania country office, thereafter returning to her independent information and communication consultancy, which she ran for 10 years. She re-joined in 1998 as Head of the Communications and Participation Section in the South Africa office and was an active member of UNICEF's East and Southern Africa Region's reference group on a human rights approach to programming.

Ms Chorlton started her career with a brief stint in publishing in the private sector, then moved to an international NGO, the UN University in Tokyo, and the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre in Dar es Salaam as a SIDA expert. She earned a MA in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen in her native Scotland.

Besides her English mother tongue, Ms Chorlton speaks KiSwahili and French. She is the mother of two grown-up children and is a keen, though not expert, sailor.


Maria Galli - Observer

Maria is a trained solicitor having gained qualifications in law in both Scotland and Sydney, Australia. Maria currently works as a self-employed legal Consultant and undertakes primarily Pro Bono appointments. The vast majority of her work involves complex child law matters. She has also undertaken work on behalf of Scottish clients who require advice and notarising in Australian Law matters.

Maria has worked in all areas of criminal and civil law, in both Scotland and Australia and has acted as a Safeguarder, curator ad litem and Sheriff Court Reporting officer. Maria was employed as a reporter to the Children's Panel, and worked for the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration in Ayr and Kilmarnock before relocating to Australia with her family through her husband's employers in 2006. She worked on an employed and pro bono basis in Sydney as a solicitor, accredited religious education teacher and accredited Debating Adjudicator.

As a Director and Company Secretary with a charitable organisation, Maria has also undertaken a legal advisory role on a voluntary basis.

Maria joined Together in 2015.


Louise Hill - Observer

Louise Hill is Policy Implementation Lead at the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (Celcis) based at the University of Strathclyde. Her role includes scrutinising legislation and policy and supporting implementation to improve outcomes for looked after children and care leavers.

Previously, Louise joined Barnardo's as a Graduate researcher in Newcastle and latterly, Edinburgh. Louise also spent one year as a Research Fellow at the NSPCC Centre for Learning in Child Protection.

Louise has an MSc in Childhood studies and a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Louise has served on national advisory groups to improve services for children affected by parental drug and alcohol use, as well as contributed to national and local guidance.

For the last ten years, Louise has volunteered for the Newman Trust providing annual fun-filled holidays for disabled children across Scotland. She is famous for her renditions of 'Going on a Bear Hunt' song, as well as ability to face paint 23 children for a disco! Louise also enjoyed four years as a befriender to two young people....and substantially improved her skills at pool!

Louise joined Together in September 2015.


Kirsten Hogg - Observer

Kirsten Hogg is Head of Policy for Barnardo's Scotland, where she seeks to influence legislation and policy to make sure that it improves the lives of children, young people and families. This currently includes work around children and young people's mental health, child sexual abuse/exploitation, children and young people in and leaving care, and equal protection.

Having worked in policy for 15 years, Kirsten is committed to ensuring that influencing work is informed by those with lived experience of the issues at hand. Her first job after leaving university was in a citizen participation project, and this has shaped her outlook on the expertise that people can bring to the table. Joining the children's sector in 2016 has allowed Kirsten to build on this experience by learning more about a rights-based approach to ensuring that children and young people are involved in the decisions that affect their lives.

Kirsten has built her career in the voluntary sector, and is interested in the governance and development of third sector organisations. She has previously served as a trustee of SCVO, the Coaltion of Care and Support Providers in Scotland, and Chair of Evaluation Support Scotland.

Kirsten joined the Together Board in September 2017.


Susan Hunter - Trustee

Susan joined YouthLink Scotland in October 2014 as their Senior Development Officer (Policy and Research). Susan is also contributing, on behalf of YouthLink Scotland, to work in partnership with Education Scotland to refresh the Recognising and Realising Child Rights resource for use in Youth Work contexts. Susan supports the YouthLink Scotland Policy Forum who is committed to turning their attention to youth work policy matters through a rights 'lens', this has been demonstrated within the development of the YouthLink Scotland manifesto.

Her previous work in Scottish Borders Council as Participation Officer for children and young people had enabled her to develop strategic approaches to raising awareness and understanding of the UNCRC. Susan worked for six years to implement a multi-agency youth participation strategy and the delivery of programmes and projects which realised and furthered child rights - in particular the establishment of the Scottish Borders Youth Voice Child Rights group and supporting the creation of a child rights ambassador model. Susan had the strategic lead for anti-bullying and delivered the award winning Scottish Borders Youth Commission on Bullying.

Susan spent 18 months working in the local CVS to support capacity building of youth work organisations in the Scottish Borders to improve governance arrangements within small charities and newly established companies.

In addition, Susan graduated with a MA (Hons) in Social Policy and Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, and completed her PG Certificate in Community Education at the University of Strathclyde in 2007 during which time she participated in work-based research placements with the Scottish Executive and Child Poverty Action Group.

Susan joined the Together Board in September 2015.


Maxine Jolly - Observer

Maxine has been a primary school teacher, a head teacher in 3 schools and is currently a senior manager in education in Aberdeen City Council. Maxine first became interested in children's rights in 2005 when the school she was head teacher of at the time became involved in the pilot phase of the Unicef Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA). Since then she has taken three schools through the award, including the first school in the UK to achieve the highest level of the award three times. This school is in an area of significant deprivation, with many families in poverty - and yet through adopting a rights based approach, children and families felt empowered and had a voice.

Her current role includes the promotion of an awareness of children's rights and effective methods for engaging children and young people in participation - not just in schools but across the council and with partners.

Maxine works in partnership with Unicef UK and The Children's Parliament to promote the engagement of young people in decision making, youth democracy and leadership. She has also previously been seconded to Unicef UK for a year to roll out a model for RRSA across Scotland. This model was developed by Maxine in Aberdeen City and Shire and allows local authorities to take more responsibility for managing the programme at a local level, and reduces costs to school.

Maxine joined the Together Board in September 2017.


Laura Paton - Trustee

Laura Paton has a background in human rights law with a particular focus on the rights of children and young people, and the rights of people deprived of their liberty. Laura currently works as a Lead Inspector for HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland where she inspects the state, efficiency and effectiveness of policing. Previously, Laura worked with HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) in England and Wales providing policy and human rights advice on the independent inspection of prisons and other forms of custody. This included advising on the inspection of places where children may be held, and developing a framework for the inspection of military detention facilities in Afghanistan. Laura was also the coordinator of the UK's National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), a group of organisations tasked under international law with monitoring all places of detention. Laura regularly advised governments and NPMs around the world on the human rights-based inspection of detention.

Prior to joining HMIP, Laura worked for Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People where she coordinated the first shadow report submitted by the four UK Children's Commissioners to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Laura also worked with colleagues to develop a model for children's rights impact assessments. Laura has also worked in the voluntary sector for Children 1st and for the Children's Legal Centre, where she was editor of Childright, a journal of law and policy affecting children and their families.

Laura joined the Together Board in September 2016.


Chloe Riddell - Trustee

Chloe Riddell is currently Policy Manager at Children 1st Scotland's national children's charity, working on issues relating to child protection, abuse and trauma recovery, access to justice and family support.

Previously Chloe worked in the policy team for Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People where she coordinated the Commissioner's response to the 2014 reporting on the UNCRC and monitored the implementation of the Convention. In both roles she advocated for children's rights and contributed to shaping and implementing key policies and legislation and relating to young carers, children of prisoners, child trafficking, sexual health, violence against women and girls, kinship care and child protection. She is currently championing the need for a review of the existing child protection system to ensure that it is rights-based and child-centred.

Chloe also spent two years working in the Executive Office of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), identifying barriers and opportunities to address human rights for people living with HIV. Her time working in Geneva offered an invaluable insight into international human rights reporting processes. Chloe is a non-registered nurse and held a policy and communications role at the Royal College of Nursing Scotland.

Chloe joined the Together Board in September 2015.


Lucinda Rivers - Trustee

Lucinda Rivers has worked for Unicef in Scotland since early 2014, initially to support their fundraising activity around the 2014 Commonwealth Games Partnership and later in 2014 she was responsible for setting up Unicef's first office in Scotland.

As the Head of Unicef in Scotland, her role is to develop and implement a fundraising strategy to raise vital funds for Unicef's work and to advocate for children in Scotland. Unicef works closely with the Scottish Government to fulfil their mandate to uphold the UNCRC in Scotland and to promote their work to embed the UNCRC into practice in services for children (including Rights Respecting Schools Award and Baby Friendly Award in maternity units). In 2018, it is a priority for Unicef to work with Together to campaign to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots Law.

Prior to working for Unicef UK, Lucinda worked for Action for Children to develop and implement a fundraising strategy and she established a Foundation for an individual to support people affected by cancer which raised over £3m to build two Maggie's Centres.

Her career has included roles in fundraising, communications and advocacy across a number of sectors including the corporate sector, institutions and governments. Lucinda was brought up in London and spent many years working there and prior to moving to Scotland, she worked in Dublin with the Irish Government on their major events programme. When she moved here, she supported the Scottish Government to establish EventScotland and in 2012, she returned to London briefly to work at the Olympic Games, managing a number of media centres.

On a personal basis, Lucinda has a particular interest in promoting the rights of forcibly displaced (refugee and migrant) children and is working with a family on a voluntary basis to ensure their rights are being upheld. She is also a mother of a teenage girl and trys to uphold her rights every day!

Lucinda joined the Together Board in September 2017.


Michael Shanks - Trustee

Michael is a graduate of the University of Glasgow, a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Following a stint working for a Legal 500 Scottish law firm he worked as a Development Officer for the Scout Association and then as a political adviser in the Scottish Parliament. He is currently Policy and Communications Manager for Includem, a charity supporting vulnerable young people across Scotland.

Michael's background in the third sector includes leading a charity for young people with complex disabilities, serving on the Board of two charities and chairing a charitable grant giving committee.


Chelsea Stinson - Trustee

Chelsea is Children's Voices Programme Manager with Children's Parliament. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing the Children's Parliament programme of projects and consultations, including engagement with the Children and Young People Bill and the Do the Right Thing Local Projects. Additionally, she works with the Pupil Inclusion Network Scotland, a resource for professionals working with learners who are vulnerable or excluded.

Chelsea has an MSc in Community Education from the University of Edinburgh, where she focused on children's human rights and the voluntary sector. She is originally from the United States and prior to moving to Scotland, Chelsea worked with children and young people in a variety of settings, including museum education, sports programmes, tutoring and mentoring programmes and outdoor education.

Outside work she enjoys reading historical fiction, sewing and coaching basketball. She joined Together as a Trustee in 2013.


Claire Telfer - Observer

Claire has worked in the children's policy field in Scotland for over a decade and has successfully advocated for policy changes for children. She has held various policy roles during this time. Claire currently works for Save the Children as Head of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns for Scotland.

Claire has an MSc in social policy from the University of Edinburgh. She has worked on a wide range of children's issues including asylum seeking children, family law, child protection and education and co-ordinated a number of broad coalitions. For the past few years Claire's main area of expertise has been in relation to child poverty.

Claire has a long standing commitment to promoting and realising the rights of children and young people and making sure this has a real and positive impact on children's lives. She joined Together in 2011. Claire is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Poverty Alliance in Scotland.


Suki Wan - Trustee

Suki Wan is the current Vice-Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament and has been the elected Member for Glasgow Shettleston since March 2015. Within SYP, Suki sits on the Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Committee, she was previously Deputy Convenor of the Committee and has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament's counterpart Committee. Suki is passionate about the rights of young people and was heavily involved in Together's SUII seminar series on incorporation of the UNCRC and will continue this work with SYP's campaign 2017-18 campaign on Young People's Rights.

Since November 2016, Suki has sat on the Joint Strategic Board for Equally Safe, the Scottish Government's plan for eradicating gender-based violence and discrimination, and is fiercely passionate about changing the present culture around gender in current society. Additionally, Suki sits on The Young Women's Movement's Advisory Panel. Her particular topics of focus are gender-based discrimination, BME issues and human rights' based approaches to policy for example Suki has been heavily involved in the recent Period Poverty push for greater accessibility to sanitary products for those in financial need.

Suki is also a Youth Councillor in the Glasgow Youth Council, she previously sat on the Executive Committee for two years as Treasurer and led the Youth Council in the creation of the first Young People's Manifesto and Consultation undertaken by a youth organisation in the city. Suki is a member of the Board of Directors at GEMAP as a youth advisor for greater financial education and inclusion for young people in financial services in Glasgow East.

Outside of youth representation, Suki is a 2nd year student studying Politics and Sociology at the University of Glasgow with ambitions to work in the charity sector after graduating. She enjoys travelling, drinking tea and listening to the Spice Girls rather loudly on repeat.

Suki joined the Together Board in September 2017.

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