OUR BOARD

Gillian Lithgow

President

I joined LAYC Board in… September 2019

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are… I would describe myself as an optimistic, enthusiastic and hardworking team player. I like to network, enjoy listening and learning from others and always on the lookout for the next opportunity. I am a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for youth work and the positive impact youth workers have on the lives of young people.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is... Working with the LAYC team, local partners and projects.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are… 1. Secured sustainable investment in LAYC in order for it to have the correct level of resources required to fully meet the needs of its members and stakeholders 2. A clear LAYC offer to Local Authority partners in developed and agreed resulting in positive partnership arrangements with all four local authority areas covered by LAYC 3. Increased number of members groups from Mid, East & West Lothian areas

My motto or personal mantra is… “The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” ― Elbert Hubbard

Nick Croft

Chair

I joined LAYC Board in...April 2018.

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are...a wide experience of public, academic and third sector positions over the last 30 years, with a focus on work with children and young people.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is...the ability to make a difference to organisations who support children and young people and enable them to thrive.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are...developing and delivering a new LAYC strategic plan that delivers a new ambition for the universal youth work and out of school sectors in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

My motto or personal mantra is...always be true to your values, and always keep cool, calm and canny.

Lianne Swadel

Treasurer

I joined LAYC Board...in December 2017.

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are...a varied finance and service background and previous experience as a Trustee, both as a Board member and a Treasurer.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is...the people.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are....A nice new website, more members and income generation, including more successful funding applications.

My motto or personal mantra is... Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it (and if you’re not feeling it, wing it – it will come)!

Valerie Agnew

Trustee

I joined LAYC Board in...2012

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are...my belief in the value and importance of the work of LAYC, years of practice and experience within the play sector and good listening and communication skills.

The best part pf being involved with LAYC is...to be able to represent the needs of members, children and young people and have a sense of driving positive changes in the future.

The things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are...that I can play a part to ensure that LAYC gets the recognition and funding it deserves to enable the organisation to grow, thrive and continue to provide an excellent and much needed service.

My motto or personal mantra is...the basis of good play is combination of flexibility and balance providing children with opportunities to develop skills for life. Life is about getting the balance of all things right!

Helen Davis

Trustee

Helen Davis

Clare Gibson

Trustee

I joined LAYC Board in… May 2020

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are… One of the key skills I believe I have is a strong overview and knowledge of youth and community work in Edinburgh and the Lothians. I started as a volunteer many years ago and I still work within the sector, bringing with me experience and knowledge of the diverse range of organisations across the city and surrounding areas, and in particular within the LAYC membership. As a member group representative, I feel I can bring my own experiences of working within the sector and be a voice for the colleagues and organisations I work with.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is…I am excited to become a trustee of LAYC! I strongly believe in the impact of youth work and I am proud to be a trustee of an organisation that advocates for grassroots youth work in Edinburgh and the Lothians and supports local youth organisations to grow and develop within their communities.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are…Over the next three years I would like to see the LAYC grow their staff team and their membership. I would also like LAYC to be able to continue to provide free training to member groups, as this resource is super valuable to train and upskill our youth workers; especially those with limited budgets for staff and training.

My motto or personal mantra is… Tomorrow is a new day. Sometimes you just need to draw a line under a day, get a good nights sleep and wake up the next morning with a fresh set of eyes.

Pamela Martin

Trustee

I joined LAYC Board in...2014

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are…it can sound naive; I have the drive and energy that comes from genuine enthusiasm. This can be a powerful force when harnessed by a well-balanced board.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is...working with a diverse board means that fellow board members are from different localities, professional backgrounds and bring different skill sets to the table. By being on LAYC board has not only expanded my network and has also allowed me to pick up new skills, ideas, and opportunities for my full-time work. As a board member it's ensuring we have a consistent, transparent processes for decision-making and the opportunity to drive the purposes of a meaningful organisation forward.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are…regular funding to support the aims of the project; to continue to grow and thrive in the ‘community’ and to continue with their amazing training programme for staff and volunteers

My motto or personal mantra is … ‘What brings us out of comfort and fear is creativity. Those who truly love danger aren’t extreme athletics, triathaloners, or mountaineers. Creative people plunge into disaster every time they do something new. Because every time they try something new, they risk everything that’s familiar to them. They have to confront feelings that all of us carefully avoid. That’s the journey of power and danger.’ John Tarrant (Author)

David Hull

Trustee

I joined LAYC Board in…October 2018

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are...My experience in working with young people through something other than from a Social worker background brings a different perspective to LAYC.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is...Working with LAYC provides a platform to engage with likeminded individuals. They are dedicated to understanding and improving the lives of young people by focusing on the issues and problems they face, ensuring Clubs have support and guidance.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are…increase public awareness of LAYC, encourage communication and co-operation between Youth Groups and secure long term funding.

My motto or personal mantra is…by listening we can make a difference.

Sonal Haddow

Trustee

I joined LAYC Board in…2013

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are…a passionate belief that all children and young people deserve opportunities to thrive and that LAYC can play an important and essential role to trying to make sure this happens.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is…being proud to be part of, and contribute to, an organisation that I respect and that is championing for the rights of children and young people.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are…that we can continue to support youth workers to feel skilled and valued, that we can continue to influence policy to ensure that services for children and young people remain a priority within Lothian and that we can continue to grow in strength as a board to support the fantastic work that LAYC is already doing, and hopes to do in the future

My motto or personal mantra is …it’s important to always try to do the right thing, even if it’s not always the easy thing to do.

Fiona McKenzie

Trustee

I joined the LAYC Board in…September 2020

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are…I have worked in childcare for 20 years plus and feel I can bring my experience and knowledge of being a manager in an after school club with me. I can use this position to be a voice for after school clubs, I am a confident positive person and I feel strongly about children's rights. I am an organised person with a passion for stationary.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is...Genuinely is the team and the work they do, I am excited and honoured to be joining the board of trustees and working alongside them and to be offering any help that is needed.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are…To help promote LAYC to get the recognition they and the team deserve, they are a vital service for member groups be it for advice, training needs , insurance and general support.

My motto or personal mantra is...People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point ...... the glass is refillable.