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Ryan McCuaig

Ryan McCuaig - Chair

My name is Ryan. I am one of the Care Experienced board members and Chair of the Board. I was in kinship care, looked after at home and I went through the children’s panel before the age of six. Later in life, I managed to graduate with a law degree and I’m now a trainee lawyer. I know that life can sometimes be difficult when you’re young through no fault of your own, but I also think that if you are given the appropriate support, you can achieve your goals. I believe that every Care Experienced person has potential and I will do my best to provide us with a voice on the board of Who Cares? Scotland.

Sarah Blackmore

Sarah Blackmore - Vice Chair

I’m a mum of 3, a bad runner and I drink too much coffee! I live in Edinburgh and work south of the border in Sheffield as an Executive Director with Social Work England, the regulator for social workers. I am a qualified social worker and have worked in a variety of places, including frontline practice in Dublin, working with street children and ex-child soldiers in Sierra Leone during the civil war, and managing services for children and families in the UK. I’ve worked across statutory, voluntary and regulatory services. I am passionate about ensuring that Care Experienced people have the same rights, love and support as anyone else in our society, and proud to work with Who Cares? Scotland to help make that happen.

Trevor Hillman

Trevor Hillman

I took early retirement in 2019 having completed a career spanning 40 years in commercial insurance. My career included sales, operations and senior leadership, with a responsibility for financial performance and regulatory compliance. I strongly believe in helping people and, as such, I am keen to be part of the Who Cares? Scotland Board and use the career / life skills that I have to ensure that members and the wider Care Experienced community are listened to, treated fairly and with respect. I am a father to my 2 grown up sons and teenage adopted daughter. When the family is not keeping me busy or commenting on my bad dad jokes, I like to get out on the open road with my motorbike.

Carmel Jacob

Carmel Jacob

I am a Care Experienced member of Who Cares? Scotland. I grew up in Kinship Care and lived with my Gran from a young age. Involvement in Who Cares? Scotland has changed my life. It has granted me a sense of belonging and supported me to proudly own my identity as a member of the Care Experienced Community. There is nothing I am more passionate about than advocating for Who Cares? Scotland’s vision of a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced People. I believe that everyone has a unique contribution to make to this world. I work as an Educational Psychologist to support children and young people develop socially and emotionally healthy ways of coping with their life experiences and overcoming barriers to learning. I am committed to taking ownership of my role in ensuring that all members of our Care family are provided with the support and encouragement they need to realise their full potential and lead happy and fulfilling lives.

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David Middleton

I went to school in Paisley before Glasgow University. I had a career in the public service covering housing, agriculture and transport, becoming Chief Executive of Transport Scotland in 2009, overseeing projects like the Queensferry Crossing and the Borders Railway. Now semi-retired, I chair the Board of the SQA which has links to Who Cares? Scotland. I live in Edinburgh with my wife, our one daughter is nearby. I play golf for exercise. I was involved in the Scout Movement until the early 90s but family, a career and voluntary service didn’t work for me. I would like to do something now.

Carol Kirk

Carol Kirk

I grew up in Drumchapel, Glasgow. I trained as a teacher and had a career in education and children’s services, most recently as Director of Education and Skills in North Ayrshire. I have chaired national groups on education of looked after children and educational leadership. Throughout my career I always had a strong focus on promoting equality of opportunity and representation of all young people particularly those who face the greatest challenges. I’m now semi-retired but provide consultancy to the public sector and coaching and mentoring to CEOs in the public and third sector. I have recently retired as the Chair of the Board of the Donaldson’s Trust. The ethos of Who Cares? Scotland is a good fit with my long-term commitment to young people’s rights and ensuring their voices are heard. I live in Glasgow and love dancing, painting and going to the cinema.

Jen Royston

Jennifer Royston

I started my career as a commercial lawyer, however since then I have chosen roles which give paramountcy to protecting vulnerable members of our society whether in developing countries or in the United Kingdom. I have worked in Sierra Leone, Iraq, Nigeria and Uganda and I have seen the impact supporting an individual to voice breaches of their human rights can have and also the societal change that can result from enabling community members to work together to advocate for their rights. I currently work as a Children’s Reporter and I aim to ensure that children and young people are at the forefront of any decision I make. I am passionate about assisting Who Cares? Scotland to empower both the individual and the collective voice.

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Kevin Timlin

I’m originally from Paisley but moved to Edinburgh to study law. At present, I work as a corporate lawyer at the world’s largest law firm, Dentons. I have been fortunate enough to complete an international secondment in China, corporate finance experience in the City of London and a secondment to the legal team of a large energy company in Scotland. I completed my legal training at the University of Edinburgh. Following graduation, I undertook a period of teaching at the Université de Montpellier in France and completed internships at the European Parliament in Brussels. As a Care Experienced individual, I fully recognise how fortunate I have been and how much help I have been given along the way!  I know that not everyone is afforded the same opportunities. I want to join the board to continue the great work of Who Cares? Scotland and strive to ensure that being Care Experienced does not have to define an individual for life. I want to make change and will work hard to do whatever I can to help improve outcomes for all Care Experienced people across Scotland.

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Shaun Brittan

Hi, I’m Shaun. I am a sports fanatic and love the outdoors. I have recently started working as a children and families social worker. I also work in residential care on a part-time basis. I have brief care experience and consider myself very grateful for the support from representatives of Who Cares? Scotland in supporting me to achieve my goals. I like to think I am easy to talk to and will strive to represent the views of care experienced individuals.

Ruth Wallace

Ruth Wallace

I live in Glasgow with my husband Darren and our 3 year old son Edan. I’m a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, and a director at KPMG, where I’ve worked for the last 13 years after joining as a graduate. I got my degree in accountancy and marketing at Strathclyde University. As a chartered accountant, I’ve got experience of managing and interpreting financial information. I also spend a lot of my time managing people and really love this aspect of my job. I care about the inequalities Care Experienced people face and understand the impact that this experience can have on someone’s life. I feel passionately about helping Who Cares? Scotland address some of these challenges and supporting others to achieve their potential. 

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