Who we are

The Review team

The Independent Care Review is chaired by Fiona Duncan who is supported by a Secretariat team.  Each stage has a Review group of care experienced people and members of the workforce who support the work of the Review, providing their insight and expertise at regular meetings and events.

The 1000 Voices project has been commissioned as an integral part of the Review to work with care experienced young people and organisations who support them to ensure that the voice of care experience is at the heart of the Review.

Fiona Duncan, Chair

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Fiona brings significant professional experience and expertise, passion and determination to make change happen for children and young people, and personal experience and insight of the care system to the review.

Fiona is the CEO of the Corra Foundation – a philanthropic grant-giving organisation for people and communities experiencing disadvantage – and has over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector right here in Scotland as well overseas.

As CEO of the Corra Foundation, Fiona has driven a new strategy for the organisation that includes supporting communities to drive lasting change in systems, practice and culture. She has contributed to the Foundation’s flagship Partnership Drugs Initiative, particularly in relation to its growing focus on the rights and voices of children and young people affected by substance misuse.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Fiona spent seven years at THINK Consulting Solutions, a leading international consultancy dedicated to not for profits where she had responsibility for strategic planning assignments, working mainly overseas.

From late 1999 until 2006, Fiona was at Capability Scotland, latterly as Director of External Affairs. Before Capability, Fiona was Head of Development at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and prior to that spent six years with WaterAid establishing their office for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Fiona is a regular speaker at conferences and contributor to sector journals. In 2016 she was a judge of NESTA’s New Radicals for The Observer.

The Discovery Group is made of 12 people, and half of the Group have experience of the care system.

Lex Baillie, nominated by Police Scotland

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Chief Inspector Baillie leads Police Scotland’s national teams for children and young people, mental health, and missing persons.

CI Baillie joined Strathclyde Police in 1994 and began his career policing the communities of Lanarkshire, undertaking a number of diverse operational and leadership roles. By the time of the creation of Police Scotland in 2013, CI Baillie had been promoted to Inspector, with responsibility for leading several teams of response and community officers in South Lanarkshire.

In 2015, CI Baillie was promoted to Chief Inspector and has since been leading Police Scotland’s national teams for children and young people, mental health, and missing persons. CI Baillie brings his significant operational experience to the development of national policies, processes and partnerships for these areas with a strong focus on the prevention of harm. Through his portfolio, CI Baillie leads on identifying and connecting related work streams in his business areas to develop effective intra-organisational partnerships and relationships.

CI Baillie is currently overseeing the implementation of the National Missing Persons Framework for Scotland and the provisions of the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (as well as relevant parts of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016), leading landmark improvements across policing in Scotland.

Kevin Browne, care experienced member, nominated by Who Cares? Scotland

photo kevinKevin is a University of Strathclyde graduate who has dedicated his professional career to ensuring care experienced people are understood in our society and achieve equality. He has 15 years of personal care experience, which includes being looked after at home, respite care, foster care & residential care.

In a professional capacity, Kevin is Director for care experienced membership with Who Cares? Scotland. He has overseen the delivery of innovative programmes which place care experienced people at the forefront of corporate parenting approaches. Kevin has been successful in engaging with hearts and minds, against the complex backdrop of legislation, policy and regulation. Kevin previously worked for the office of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People on a number of national children’s rights based projects; he also has substantial practice experience as an independent advocate and independent Safeguarder, which was through Ministerial Appointment.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

linda photoLinda is Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  She has been in post for 10 years, having returned to post in August 2016 after a year’s leave working for the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics promoting women’s reproductive health in low-resource settings.

Linda’s clinical background is in obstetrics and gynaecology and she had a previous post seconded to the (then) Scottish Executive as Head of the Women and Children’s Unit. Her special interests are in maternal and child health and she is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow. Linda has served on a number of national groups including the Child and Young People’s Health Support Group and was a member of the Commission on Female Offenders.

Helen Happer, nominated by Care Inspectorate

helen photoHelen qualified as a social worker from Aberdeen University in 1984 and has spent her career working for better outcomes for children and families, in central and local government and in the third sector.

She has been developing and leading programmes of inspection and support for improvement for more than 10 years and is currently Chief Inspector (strategic scrutiny) in the Care Inspectorate, Scotland’s independent body for regulation and inspection of social care services. Her responsibilities include scrutiny and assurance of social work services and multi-agency partnership working across services for children and young people, adults and older people and justice.

Dorothy Hawthorn, Renfrewshire Council, nominated by Social Work Scotland (SWS)

dorothy photoDorothy was appointed as Head of Child Care and Criminal Justice in Renfrewshire in December 2007. She is responsible for children and families and criminal justice social work services.

She trained as a social worker in Glasgow, qualifying in 1984. Dorothy came to Renfrewshire in 1988 and has worked across the authority in a variety of posts and teams. During this time she has also undertaken periods of secondment including Justice in Scottish Government and as the Chief Officer of North Strathclyde Community Justice Authority Community Justice Authority when it was first established.



Carrie Lindsay, nominated by ADES

carrie photoHaving left school at 16 Carrie returned to study and became a teacher in 1987 in Fife where she learned the importance of effective pedagogy and valuing the views of children and young people. Carrie was Headteacher in Fife before moving into a QIO post in Angus Council. On return to Fife in 2003 Carrie developed her role in Children’s Services working with schools and community planning partners to get the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

Now as Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Carrie continues to look for better connections across Children’s Services to support children, young people and their families.

Stuart Lindsay, care experienced member, nominated by Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)

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Stuart spent his early years in foster care in Inverness before moving to an Aberlour Trust children’s home in Keith, Moray aged 3. He then spent 10 largely positive years in residential care, before being fostered by the house parents at age 13, when the children’s home was due for closure.

Stuart’s care background eventually led to a career in social care, and he has gone on to work for Aberlour for 27 years; mostly within residential and short breaks services for children with learning disabilities. He is currently Aberlour’s Quality Improvement Officer, has a grown daughter Caitlin, and stays in Glasgow.


Dr Jim McCormick, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

jim photoJim McCormick is Associate Director for Scotland with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He is a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee and an advisory board member of Business in the Community (BITC) Scotland.

Jim was appointed by the Social Security Minister in February 2017 as chair of the independent Disability and Carers Benefits expert advisory group. He has advised fairness/tackling poverty commissions in Renfrewshire, Fife and Perth & Kinross. He was previously Director of independent think-tank the Scottish Council Foundation (SCF). Interests include music, languages and Greenock Morton FC.


Joanna McCreadie, Chief Executive of Seamab, nominated by CCPS

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Joanna McCreadie represents the Coalition of Care and Support Provides Scotland (CCPS), bringing to the review the experience and insight of members. As the Chief Executive of Seamab, a children’s charity providing care and education, Joanna has responsibility for leadership and management of all aspects of the charity’s work.

Joanna qualified as a social worker and has worked for local authorities, the third sector and inspection agencies. Experienced in a range of different social care and education settings, she has specialised in work with children who have experienced trauma and children who are looked after. Joanna is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow, and is committed to developing services that meet the needs of children and support them to heal, grow and learn.

Rosie Moore, care experienced member, nominated by CCPS

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Rosie is originally from Manchester but has lived in Glasgow since 2014.

She is a care experienced individual who spent the first part of her childhood in kinship care with her grandparents, and the second part in numerous foster homes.

She is pursuing her passion for improving the lives of children and young people as a Social Work Honours student at the University of Strathclyde, with plans to go on and study a Masters in Social Policy and Research in 2019.

She is an experienced youth worker for both Aberlour and the Sound Lab charity, and volunteers at the Life Changes Trust as part of the care experienced advisory group.

Alastair Redpath, care experienced member, nominated by the Independent Voluntary Providers Forum

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Alastair is an Edinburgh-born Hawick author who currently lives in Glasgow with his partner Jaime-Lynn and son Alexander.

He has extensive first-hand experience of Scotland’s care services, having been fostered from an early age through local authority and later Barnardo’s placements.

Educated in Fife and Glasgow, Alastair formed a successful retail career before settling into his new roles as a social media consultant, journalist, and fostering panel member with Barnardo’s and FCA Scotland. In his spare time he is Honorary Secretary of Hawick Archaeological Society, and runs an ever-expanding social media empire in Hawick and Glasgow.

Thomas Timlin, care experienced member, nominated by Scottish Funding Council

thomas photoThomas Timlin is a Children and Families Social Worker. He is a Social Work graduate from the University of the West of Scotland and was awarded the University of Scotland Amundsen Trophy in 2014.

Prior to graduating Thomas was an active campaigner for Children in care and care leavers; he also worked as an Advocacy Worker with a children’s charity, advocating on behalf of looked after children and care leavers. Upon leaving University in May of 2014, Thomas began a new role as a Policy Officer at Who Cares? Scotland. He also spent a period being a Panel Advisor for a Fostering provider. Thomas is a campaigner for care leavers; utilising his care experience to create positive change within Scotland’s care system.

To contact a member of the Secretariat team please call 0141 444 8527 or email info@carereview.scot.

Liz Brabender, Secretariat Lead

image of staffLiz’s working life has always been about working with and for children and families to help to bring about positive change in their lives. Liz brings extensive practical experience as a teacher, social worker, programme manager and facilitator, and expertise in helping to make change and improvements in partnership with others.

Liz has developed and delivered improved services for children and families across the public and voluntary sectors, and worked on the ground, at managerial and at strategic leadership roles.

As Permanence and Care Team Lead at CELCIS from 2012, Liz worked in partnership with  multiple agencies right across the child care sector to build on its strengths and to improve outcomes for children in care. Moving into the Business Development role at CELCIS in 2015, Liz continued to develop effective relationships with stakeholders across the sector to support continued  development  and delivery of  services.

Liz is the Secretariat Lead and in charge of the team that will support and facilitate the delivery of the Review. Liz sees this as the most important and unique opportunity of her career. She is delighted to have the opportunity to support this innovative work which will really make a difference with children, young people and their families.

Pat McVey, Programme Manager

A qualified social worker, Pat’s career spanned thirty five years of local authority practice in a variety of settings including early years, community learning and development , further education , health and social work .  She spent the last fourteen years of this time in a senior management post promoting collaborative working with community planning partners delivering children’s services to improve outcomes for children, young people, their families and communities.

Having retired (early!) in 2013, Pat enjoyed a short period of relaxation before working as a freelance consultant across the child care sector.  Following a short period as Business  Development Lead in CELCIS, she joined the Secretariat as part-time Programme Manager in September 2017.  Her role involves supporting the team to successfully deliver the Review ‘s objectives within agreed timescales; and achieve positive change.  In her spare time, Pat enjoys reading, visiting the theatre and dining out.

Janelle MacMillan, Administrator

image of staffJanelle is the person in the Care Review who makes sure the team knows what’s happening and where they need to be. If you need something organised properly, speak to Janelle!

She’s worked on a variety of projects that have helped to improve outcomes for children and young people with care experience, and is also a volunteer counsellor with Childline.

She has an honours degree in Psychology and a masters in Global Mental Health.

In her spare time Janelle likes to read, cook, and exercise.


Susan Reid, Project Co-ordinator

image of staffSusan is a big-hearted, multi-skilled coordinator who keeps the Care Review moving forward.

She’s brilliant at planning and looking ahead to the future to make sure everyone knows the dates in the calendar that really matter.

Susan is superb at organising events and is marvellous at managing programmes and projects.

Susan’s lunchtime exercise routine is much admired, and she plays the all-important informal role as staff social convenor – she just loves a themed party!

June Macleod, Digital Communication and Engagement Officer

june photoJune works on developing engaging and innovative ways for the Review to communicate with stakeholders and for people to learn about the Review and take part.

She has over a decade’s experience working in communication’s roles in the third and public sectors and and is on the board of her local community hall.

When not at work she loves cooking for family and friends and enjoys  travelling and camping.

Laura Beveridge, Participation Officer

Having both lived, worked and campaigned for change in the care system, Laura’s work at the Care Review is very close to her heart.

Laura has over 13 years’ experience working in partnership with care experienced children and young people and firmly believes they should have more power and control over their own lives, and the care system of the future.

Laura has always loved writing and has written a number of articles, including her column at Holyrood magazine. Laura also enjoys reading, especially to her four-year-old daughter, Roald Dahl and Julia Donaldson are among their favourite authors. Laura is also a huge fan of all things Disney! Cinderella is her most loved film. Laura also enjoys boxing and poetry.

Stephen Carroll, Digital Communications Co-ordinator

Stephen looks after the Review’s Social Media accounts and creates things like graphics, videos, and news articles.

His background is in radio, where he spent around 10 years as a producer, presenter, and reporter. He’s interviewed politicians and celebrities, and lots of people who shared their real-life personal stories.

When he’s not tweeting or posting on Instagram, Stephen likes to play his guitar, if his two cats let him.

Thomas Timlin, Practice Support Manager

thomas photoThomas Timlin is currently the Practice Support Manager at the Secretariat Team supporting the Independent Care Review. Prior to taking up this role Thomas practiced as a Children and Families Social Worker. He is a Social Work graduate from the University of the West of Scotland and was awarded the University of Scotland Amundsen Trophy in 2014.

Prior to graduating Thomas was an active campaigner for Children in care and care leavers; he also worked as an Advocacy Worker with a children’s charity, advocating on behalf of looked after children and care leavers. Upon leaving University in May of 2014, Thomas began a new role as a Policy Officer at Who Cares? Scotland. He also spent a period being a Panel Advisor for a Fostering provider. Thomas is a campaigner for care leavers; utilising his care experience to create positive change within Scotland’s care system.

The 1000 voices project staff can be reached by email on 1000voices@whocaresscotland.org or you can call 0141 226 4441.

Carly Edgar, 1000 Voices Manager

Hi I’m Carly and I’m the 1000 Voices Manager. It’s my job to directly manage the 1000 Voices team and make sure that our work helps children, young people and adults with care experience to engage with the Independent Care Review.

Before joining the 1000 Voices team, I led the Who Cares? Scotland policy team where I focused on ensuring that care experienced people were able to use their voice to influence change at a national level. I also have experience of working within the care system and youth justice, across a range of roles including youth work, intensive support and research.

At University I chose to study Criminology and then Human Rights – two subjects I’m very passionate about.

I’m also obsessed with all things animal shaped, especially cats. Don’t get me started talking about my cat…

Erin Hastings, Engagement and Development Officer

Hi I’m Erin! My role involves working alongside care experienced children, young people and adults to listen to their views and opinions. I help to design creative and fun methods of engagement for people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as facilitating these sessions all over Scotland. Alongside my team, it’s my job to help the Review reach out to these voices and make sure our work engages anyone who wants to get involved.

At university I studied social work, which is where my passion for working with young people began. I also have experience of working with primary school children at an ‘after school’ club, as well as volunteering for the Who Cares? Scotland Communities that Care project. I enjoy playing football and have an extreme fear of fireworks!

Kari-Ann Johnston, Engagement & Development Officer

Hi I’m Kari-Ann! Me and the team have been engaging with care experienced children, young people and adults across Scotland, empowering those very voices to contribute to and shape the Independent Care Review.

At University I studied Community Education which is where I found my passion for working with young people in care. I also have extensive experience working as a youth worker, with a particular focus around youth participation. I also previously worked in theatre management.

My fun fact is that I once “starred” in an advert with Steven Hendry….

Kieran Platts, Engagement and Development Officer

Hi I’m Kieran and my role entails ensuring people with care experience are able to get across their views, suggestions and hopes for the Independent Care Review. We do this using a number of methods that make sure everyone is able to participate, in a way they choose and feel most comfortable with.

Previously I worked as a youth worker, using creative methods such as music inclusion to engage hard to reach young people in the north east of England.  I then specialised in youth homelessness in England and worked as the Regional Project Officer for Youth Homeless North East and Centrepoint.

When not at the mercy of bad UK weather, I like to jump out of planes at weekends, but to balance that out I also have an irrational fear of cotton wool and cockroaches.

Prajapa Seneviratne, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Coordinator

Hi I’m Prajapa! I support the 1000 Voices team to plan, monitor and learn from what we do. I help with analysing the views, stories and experiences shared with us through our engagement work, and help write our reports.

I previously worked for Diabetes Scotland as a Project Development Manager and prior to that as a Fundraising Coordinator for a Charity that works in some of the most deprived areas of the world.

I speak three languages, one of which is the mother tongue of a small island in the Indian Ocean.

Callum Holt, Representatives Development Officer

Hi I’m Callum! I am supporting the co-design element of the Review, ensuring that care experienced individuals are at the heart of everything we do. I will be supporting our co-design group to be a part of different strands of work, take part in training opportunities and recognising their contributions with lots of different awards!

In other roles I am a trustee of a national youth charity and advise UK and International charities on embedding Youth Social Action in their organisations. Before working here, I was a Sociology student at University and a local authority Youth Worker.  I also don’t own a single plain t-shirt, so I’m easy to spot a mile off!

Heather Donaldson, Business Support & Events Officer

Hi I’m Heather! I provide day-to-day support for the 1000 Voices team, and lead on organising their larger events. I also work on 1000 Voices social media and communications.

I previously studied Anthropology at University, then spent a couple of years travelling around Australia, New Zealand and other countries. During my time travelling, I started working in Community and Youth Development in Colombia, assisting local community projects and undertaking research to feed into public policy.

Unsurprisingly, I enjoy travelling, Spanish food, going to gigs and supporting local bands. I’m also a self-confessed popcorn addict.