top of page

Highland Third Sector Representation

Current Elected Representatives:

Child Protection Committee

Clair Nichols and Wendy Strathearn


CPP Mental Health and Wellbeing Delivery Group:

Keith Walker, and two vacant seats


CPP Poverty Reduction Delivery Group:

Jaci Douglas and one vacant seat

The Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership:

Iain Templeton and one vacant seat

Highland Community Learning and Development Operational Group:

Clair Nichols and one vacant seat


Highland Council Education and Learning Committee:

Sarah Fowler and Jaci Douglas


Highland Council Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee: 

Jaci Douglas and Harry Tedstone


Highland Employability Partnership:

Tracey Connerton and Isobel Grigor


The Integrated Children's Services Planning Board:

Rhiannon Dunlop and Jaci Douglas

Representatives can be contacted via their email addresses below or on our

Membership Platform.

View info on past and present reps here:

Report detailing Children and YoungPeople’s Service Provision in Highland.
Produced January 2023.

What does a Representative do?

Effective representation of Third Sector work, achievements and interests are a critical part of empowering the Third Sector to become a equal partner and participant in public planning and decision making processes. To facilitate and develop the opportunities for Third Sector Representation the HTSI supported the introduction of the Third Sector Representation Pathway.


The Pathway is intended to strengthen the representation of the Sector, creating more transparency and democracy within the process. A minimum of two reps are elected from the Third Sector to act as representatives.

The Purpose of a Representative

The purpose of a Third Sector Representative is to advocate for Third Sector Organisations at the Community Planning Partnership within policy and decision-making forums.

It is the responsibility of the representative to use their knowledge and understanding as service providers to connect with the wider network and bring that understanding to where decisions are made.


Role and responsibilities of the elected representatives:

  • To regularly gather information and feedback from sector spheres

  • Attend and contribute to Community Planning Partnership meetings

  • Provide feedback and input on community planning (informed by intelligence and feedback provided by sector sphere)

  • Communicate at appropriate intervals, and when need arises with organisations on changes to policies or planning and summarise how this may affect them and/or their service users.

  • Attend Forums (hosted by HTSI)


Highland Third Sector Interface's responsibilities in regards to the Third Sector Representative Pathway:

  • Support representatives to maximise their contribution within policy and decision-making forums

  • To host and coordinate communication mechanisms for representatives and third sector organisations

  • To provide on-boarding and training to representatives

  • Host annual representative elections

  • Host forums to strengthen networks, share knowledge, and build understanding to inform decision-making

Third Sector Reps Q&A at the HTSI Assembly 2022

Learn more about the Reps

bottom of page