2020 - 2021 Documents:
Cath is the Marketing Manager for a local tour operator in the Cairngorms National Park. She has over 15 years’ experience working within hospitality management, starting at a Receptionist level before reaching Operations. She obtained her MBA specialising in marketing leading her to focus her career in the same direction. Cath has first-hand experience of how well-facilitated, peer support groups can be key to recovery.
David currently works as an Inspector with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. He is responsible for completing annual inspections of plant to comply with licensing agreements with ofgem. He was previously involved in Health and Social Care, and with community link projects.
Outside of work he enjoys camping, wild swimming and motocross.
David Brookfield is currently Group Chief Executive of Birchwood Highland who are the leading provider of support for people with significant and enduring mental ill health in Highland. David holds a B.Sc(Hons) from Plymouth University and is a trained Accountant. He is also is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
He has a background of over 30 years work in the social housing sector where he retired from his post as Group CEO of a Housing Association in 2013. During this time he developed an interest in third sector company development and social firms.
Following his retirement he joined the healthcare sector as Head of Finance and Administration with Highland Home Carers moving to Birchwood Highland in January 2017 as Head of Finance and IT becoming Group CEO in August 2019.
David is an amateur musician playing saxophone, mandolin and guitar and also lists his interests as gardening and governance.
Linda Lawton has been Head of People at Highland Hospice for 3 years and has worked in HR for 25 years with experience in life sciences, retail, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing and charitable sectors. She has worked with both local and international organisations across all areas of human resources, learning and development and organisational design.
Linda has experience on boards of third sector organisations as well as being a director of 2 sports event management companies and is a volunteer with Children’s Hearings Scotland Area Support Team for Highlands and Moray.
Linda enjoys all things cycling and adventuring outdoor as well as being a huge film fan.
Valerie Gale has strong links with the third sector in Highland and she is currently Chairperson of the Go Golspie Development Trust.
She previously worked as Chief Executive of a children’s charity based in Highland and has worked for over 30 years in the third sector in various management roles. She is passionate about community development and since assuming the role of Chair for the development Trust she has led on a number of successful projects, the Golspie 2030 Tourism strategy being a prime example.
She is a qualified Mindfulness Teacher and actively promotes the benefits of Mindfulness on mental wellbeing.