Together has five members of staff - Director, Legal & Policy Manager, Policy & Communications Assistant, Membership Outreach Assistant, Business Support Officer.
Juliet Harris - Director
As Director of Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), Juliet leads the organisation in promoting and monitoring the implementation of Scotland’s international human rights obligations to children and young people, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). She works with Together's membership of over 450 children's organisations and professionals to produce an annual State of Children's Rights report, liaises with government and parliamentarians to further children's rights in policy and practice, and reports on progress to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. She sits on the Taskforce for the UN Committee’s Day of General Discussion on Children as Human Rights Defenders, as well as on a number of advisory groups with the Scottish Government and Scottish Human Rights Commission. She is Vice Chair of the Children’s Parliament and Chair of the Rights of the Child UK Coalition. Juliet's previous experience includes six years tackling the destitution and poverty of refugees and asylum seekers, alongside several roles working in the field of health and homelessness. Juliet has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and regularly lectures at the University of Edinburgh on children’s human rights law and policy.
Maria Doyle - Legal & Policy Manager
Maria is Together's Legal & Policy Manager. She leads on the development of responses to Scottish and UK Government consultations, drafts reports and briefings explaining Together’s policy positions, and supports the Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe. Maria has been with Together since May 2017 when she joined to complete a placement as part of her LLM in Human Rights Law. During this placement she conducted research into the impact of Brexit on children's rights with a particular focus on cross-border family law. Maria also has an LLB in Scots law and completed her undergraduate dissertation on EU immigration controls and their interaction with refugee law. Maria previously held roles as Together's Legal Research Officer and Assistant Research Officer.
Naomi Sutton - Policy & Communications Assistant
Naomi is Together’s Policy and Communications Assistant. She joined our team after completing an undergraduate LLB Law degree at the University of Liverpool and a Masters in Humanitarian Studies at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Her learning at university forged the start of Naomi’s enthusiasm to support members of the public to realise their human rights. Subsequently, Naomi worked at a range of not-for-profit organisations, such as Citizen’s Advice and Liverpool Street Law. Naomi hopes to work with Together’s members to advance the rights of young people and children.
Isla Kitching - Membership Outreach Assistant
As Together’s Membership Outreach Assistant, Isla is the first point of contact for the organisation’s members. She is responsible for growing the organisation’s membership through researching, welcoming and informing prospective members about Together’s work.
Isla’s interest in children’s human rights grew throughout her time in leadership roles with Scouting UK, Forest Schools, non-formal education initiatives and youth work with asylum seeking children. She completed an Undergraduate degree in International Relations in 2020 and is particularly interested in the rights of refugees and the impacts of childhood adversity. Isla is hopeful that through improving members’ awareness of the UNCRC and helping them to incorporate the Convention into their work she will contribute to the creation of a Scotland in which children and young people’s rights are widely respected, protected and fulfilled.
Christine Klien - Business Support Officer
Christine was born and raised in the Alpine valleys of western Austria. Despite this, she found herself drawn to the landscapes and languages of Scotland and moved here in 2007 to study Scottish Gaelic and get an MSc in Information and Library Studies. She worked for Information Services at the University of Edinburgh for eight years, where her love of books and helping people allowed her to enrich the lives of staff and students. A desire to make a positive impact in the world on a larger scale led her to join Together in January 2021 as Business Support Officer, where she intends to use her organisational and research skills to help take the charity to new heights and improve the lives of young people across Scotland.
At home she lets creativity lead the way. An aspiring novelist she is never far from a notebook and when not writing keeps her fingers busy with crochet and papercrafts.