The Together Board currently comprises 10 Trustees, elected to the Board on a rolling basis.
Susan Elsley - 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.
Maria Galli - Vice Chair of Together Board
Maria is a dual-qualified solicitor, having gained qualifications in law (LLB, DipLP, LLM) in Scotland and Australia.
Maria is delighted to have recently taken up post as Legal Officer, in the office of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Scotland.
The vast majority of Maria’s work over the past 30 years has involved complex, child law matters; acting on behalf of private clients, working in the public sector in SCRA, and Local Authority Educational Services and as a Safeguarder, Curator, Bar Reporter and (most importantly to her) advocate for children and families in public and private, criminal and civil law matters.
Maria is registered with the Australian High Commission and is authorised to provide legal advice, notarising and authentication services to Scottish based clients, in Australian Law matters.
Maria has worked in all areas of criminal and civil law, in both Scotland and Australia. She was accredited as a Law Society of Scotland specialist in Child Law in 1995 and recently gained a postgraduate, Masters of Law, qualification in mediation and Conflict Resolution.
With her young family, Maria relocated to live and work in Australia in 2006, on an employed and pro bono basis in Sydney as a solicitor, accredited religious education teacher and Debating Adjudicator, before returning home to Scotland, in 2013.
As a Director and Company Secretary with Ayrshire Cancer Support, and volunteer and Director of the Scottish Child Law Centre, Maria has undertaken a legal advisory role supporting organisations which are very close to her heart.
Similarly, Maria is a passionate advocate for children’s rights. She joined Together in 2015 as an observer. She is delighted to be appointed to the Board as Trustee and to continue to support Together in promoting children’s rights across Scotland.
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 - Trustee
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.
Louise Hill - Trustee
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.
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.
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.
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.
Helen Sykes - Trustee
Helen is Chief Executive at Helm, a grassroots specialist youthwork provider based in Dundee.
Helen joined the Together Board in September 2018.
Full profile coming soon.
Mary Glasgow - Trustee
Mary is Interim Chief Executive at Children 1st.
Mary joined the Together Board in September 2018.
Full profile coming soon.