OUR BOARD

Alan Blackie

President

Alan Blackie

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

Willy Barr

Trustee

I joined LAYC Board in…October 2017

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are…I like to consider myself as a ‘people person’ (no sniggering!) who has good listening and thinking skills when it comes to youth work. I can be a creative problem solver as well as a cautious critic. I can also make a mean chicken pakora!

The best part of being involved with LAYC is…being part of the Lothian wide organisation that supports, promotes and advocates on behalf of youth work. I have also had links with LAYC for over 30 years so having the chance to be involved as a Trustee is a privilege!

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are…secure and stable funding, a busy H.Q. with more staff or partners sharing the great resource at Dunford House and a waiting list for folk wishing to be a Trustee!

My motto or personal mantra is …try to learn at least one new thing every day!

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)

Alan Alcock

Trustee

I joined LAYC Board in…Autumn 2018

The skills I have that make me an effective Trustee are…a pre-existing passion and respect for the cause and the willingness to learn and support as much as possible.

The best part of being involved with LAYC is…at the moment it’s too early to say however I am looking forwarded to working alongside the the other board members and being a voice for the out of school care work which LAYC supports.

Things on my wish list for the next 3 years with LAYC are…attend and participate in as many meetings as I can, learn more about the overall work of LAYC and look for ways to contribute and support.

My motto or personal mantra is …I’m really sorry- I don’t have one.

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.

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.

Lucie Dingle

Trustee

Lucie Dingle

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