Together currently has seven members of staff - Director, Legal & Policy Manager, Development Manager, Business Support Officer, Project Officer and Membership, Events and Communications Office and Policy Assistant. We also work with visiting consultants.
Juliet Harris - Director
Juliet is Director of Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights).Over the past decade, Juliet has led work to progress the human rights of children across legislation, policy and practice.
She is Vice Chair of the Children’s Parliament, a Trustee of the Environmental Rights Centre Scotland and is a founder member of the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland. She sits on numerous Scottish Government Advisory Groups, including the UNCRC Strategic Implementation Board and the Human Rights Bill Advisory Board. She is former chair of the Rights of the Child UK Coalition and has played an active role of a number of UN Taskforces, including UN Committee’s Day of General Discussion on Children as Human Rights Defenders.
Juliet is a guest lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and her work on children’s rights has been published widely. When not working, Juliet spends as much time as possible exploring the outdoors, climbing, biking, running or skiing to the most remote places she can find.
Maria Doyle - Legal & Policy Manager
Maria is Together's Legal & Policy Manager. She leads on reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, our annual State of Children's Rights reports, responding to Scottish and UK Government consultations, and drafting reports and briefings explaining Together’s policy positions. She also oversees Together's communications including our fortnightly e-newsletter and website.
Maria joined Together in 2017 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 in the context of 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.
Outside of work, Maria can usually be found making linocut prints and leaving inky fingerprints all round the house.
Sarah McDermott - Development Manager
Sarah is the Development Manager at Together, working with members to support the implementation of the UNCRC.
Sarah is passionate about children’s rights, and has previously worked for the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland where she led on the Office’s work to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. She was also the Policy Principal at the Children’s Commissioner for Jersey, where she provided child rights advice to the Government on changes to law and policy during the pandemic, and led on the production of the Commissioner’s report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Sarah has also worked in the third sector for several years at Children in Scotland, where she worked on a range of projects and was previously at the Health and Social Care Alliance where she focussed on carers rights.
Sarah has a Masters in Human Rights Law, as well as an LLB in Law with the French Language, and is a former Member of the Children’s Panel.
Outside of work, Sarah enjoys endless walks with her dog Fergus, and playing a couple of instruments badly.
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.
Mary Campbell - Project Officer
Mary is Together’s Project Officer working on the Skills and Knowledge project for implementing children’s rights in Scotland. This is a joint project with Children’s Parliament, JustRight Scotland, JRS Knowhow, and the Observatory on Human Rights of Children. Mary will be working with a Professional Panel to ensure professional collaborative input into the framework.
Mary developed a passion for children’s rights through her work in primary schools, and during her time as an Edinburgh Councillor, leading on Education, Children and Families Committee for her group. Mary is passionate about making positive change, and was a board member of Action Porty, helping to complete the first successful urban community buy out.
When not working, Mary enjoys multiple daily walks with her dog, reading as much as she can, and trying to get better at knitting.
Caitlin Forrest - Membership, Events and Communications Officer
Caitlin is Together’s Membership, Events and Communications Officer. Her role is relational and supports Together’s members, including children and young people. She helps co-ordinate and support Together’s events, communication with members and social media.
Caitlin joined the team in August 2022 and is passionate about helping children and young people. She graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2015 with a marketing and events degree and worked for TIGERS Group for six years in a variety of different roles to support and develop young people including: marketing; administration; and taking lead of a project called ‘The Kickstart Scheme’ as a Co-ordinator. Whilst at TIGERS Group, Caitlin gained an SVQ Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship. The Kickstart Scheme was a major project created by the UK Government in response to the coronavirus to support young people into the world of work and prevent a skills gap. We managed to support 180 young people at the end of the project working alongside different businesses from a variety of different sectors, connecting with young people, whilst updating Department of Working Pensions (DWP). For this project, Caitlin was shortlisted in 2021 for ‘Year of the Young Person’ with Investors in Young People.
TIGERS Group are co-founders of ACE-Aware Nation, creating three major National Conferences. Caitlin helped support TIGERS and ACE-Aware Nation over the years striving towards a Scotland where every citizen understands the long-term impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Outside of work, Caitlin loves to travel exploring new countries and new cultures. She loves walking too but needs a buddy as she has no sense of direction.
Judi Martin - Policy Assistant
Our Policy and Communications Intern Judi has started a new position as Policy Assistant for Together. In her new role, Judi will assist in the creation of Together’s annual State of Children’s Rights Report, submit responses to relevant government and parliamentary consultations and write briefings for Together members on various children’s rights topics. She is particularly enthusiastic about developing child-friendly versions of these resources for children and young people, to help inform them about their rights and stay updated on policies and legislations that affect them.