Sylvie Dalley – Chair
Sylvie is a former secondary school teacher who taught internationally as well as in the UK, often in areas of conflict. She is an experienced counsellor who spent 10 years as a case worker with SSAFA supporting military personnel and their families who were experiencing difficulties. A Children’s Panel member for more than 10 years Sylvie has a strong understanding of the local area and the complex difficulties encountered by families supported by the organisation. In her free time Sylvie can often be found walking one of the many springer spaniels she provides foster care for.
Mary Morton – Vice Chair
Our vice Chair, Mary comes from a corporate environment and brings strong administrative skills combined with experience of professional dispute and conflict management. A former Children’s Hearing member, Mary has strong insight and understanding of the work of the organisation. She has a particular interest in policy development and ensuring quality assurance standards are maintained.
Mary is a supporter of several local and national charities, and when not engaged in charities linked to this has been known to lose herself in a good book, with a particular fondness of Inspector Rebus.
Paddy Leavey – Board Member
A former Army officer, Paddy is now a senior manager in the financial sector, providing political and communications leadership. With extensive experience in the Third Sector, Paddy leads all strategic planning for Home-Start Clackmannanshire, as well as providing vital support in relation to managing the public profile of the organisation.
A resident of Clackmannanshire and father of 2 young children, Paddy understands the challenges that can be faced by parents locally and is able to provide insight into modern day parenting.
Lynn Leitch – Board Member
Lynn has spent most of her career working within the statutory sector, supporting the Housing needs of some of the most vulnerable members of society. A local authority manager, Lynn’s role allows for her to be involved in The Corporate Parenting Board of Fife Council, ensuring a strong understanding of the needs of vulnerable children and an in-depth knowledge of Child Protection. Lynn’s role also requires a focus on multi-agency working with a range of partners from the statutory, third and private sectors to ensure the needs of vulnerable families are fully met.
A Clackmannanshire resident, Lynn is involved with local Community groups including Girl Guides and can often be found arranging local events designed to bring all sections of the community together.
Cordula Hallensleben – Board Member
Originally a medical doctor, Cordula found her true calling in alternative therapy, training in Craniosacral Therapy. She has been working for many years as a therapist and Baby massage instructor.
German by birth, she moved to England 1997. Cordula also spent several years living with her young family in Portugal before moving to Scotland.
Strong analytical skills, coupled with qualifications as a therapist, ensure Cordula has an excellent skill set for the board of Home-Start Clackmannanshire. Keen to ensure she is utilising her skills fully for the organisation, Cordula has also recently completed the training to become a volunteer, working directly with families. This will also allow families to benefit from Cordula’s therapy skills.
Louise Orr – Board Member
Having completed her Msc in International Conflict and Cooperation, Louise embarked on a career within the Third Sector, undertaking various roles linked to the recruitment and development of volunteers and the organisations they supported. Her chosen career path brought Louise into contact with Home-Start Clackmannanshire; and her understanding of the work we do, combined with her personal experiences parenting a toddler, lead to her joining the board of trustees in 2016.
As a volunteer-led organisation, Louise is able to ensure we are providing volunteers with the right support, whilst her Third Sector background ensures we are adhering to the principles of good governance.
Shelley Bowman – Operations & Funding Manager
Shelley has recently joined us as Operations & Funding Manager. Shelley has been working in the voluntary sector for 17 years within family support services, firstly as a Project Manager, setting up a Young Carers Project at The Broomhouse Centre in Edinburgh and then as Manager of Home-Start West Lothian. Shelley fell in to the voluntary sector after volunteering in a youth project in Edinburgh way back in the day, got the volunteering bug and enjoyed volunteering stints involving work with Home-Start Tanzania and the Greg Trust (Uganda).
Joan Gibson – Volunteer Representative
Joan began her career in the hospitality industry before changing course and joining The Countryside Rangers. A strong advocate of community involvement, Joan has been involved in volunteering for a number of years, and has managed to successfully combine parenting with involvement in a range of community groups such as SPPA, PTA, Scouts and Guides. Joan currently supports another local charity through a craft facility.
Joan has been volunteering with Home-Start since 2000, and has provided vital home-visiting and group support to our families. In addition Joan agreed during 2016 to represent the views of the volunteers by joining the Board of Trustees. She will also lead a team of volunteer fundraisers.
Dave Cooper – Senior Co-oridinator
Dave joined Home-Start Clackmannanshire in May 2017, having spent several years working in the Third Sector with vulnerable families. Prior to joining Home-Start Clackmannanshire Dave ran a project for young parents in Dundee, and developed a passion for ensuring families receive support at the earliest possible opportunity.
Previously a Children’s Panel member in Fife, Dave understands the challenges that can be faced by families and is driven by the desire to help families get back on track without the need for statutory intervention.
Away from the workplace Dave can found with his grandson and nephew exploring the wildlife found in his garden, and in particular an insect hotel he has developed with them.
Linda Kerr – Office Co-ordinator
Linda first joined Home-Start Clackmannanshire as a volunteer when her own daughter was 2 years old, recognising as a new mum the challenges that parenting can present. Some 18 years later, Linda is an essential part of the team, leading the office in her role as office coordinator, and her daughter a welcome helper when the need arises.
Prior to joining the team Linda spend the best part of two decades as a senior member of the administrative team at Stirling University, and has used the excellent organisational skills she developed there to full effect for Home-Start. The key organiser for all events, our numerous parties, outings and meetings would be disorganised chaos without her guiding hand.
Irene Richmond – Family Co-ordinator
An Ayrshire lass by birth, Irene has raised her family of 2 daughters in Clackmannanshire, where she has also devoted more than 2 decades to Home-Start Clackmannanshire.
Now a grandmother, Irene is a Family Coordinator whose career started out in Banking. Her parenting experience triggered a desire in Irene to ensure that all children across Clackmannanshire got the best possible start in life, resulting in her involvement with Home-Start. Irene is known across the organisation as the team member to go to if a family is need of 1-1 help with routine and boundary setting, and is especially skilled in managing the multi-agency partnerships that our families often have to navigate.
Maureen Holden – Family Co-ordinator
A lifelong lover of the Ochil Hills, Maureen grow up locally and has chosen the Wee County to raise her own family.
Maureen has been involved in many community based initiatives throughout her life, and has a professional background in Youth work. Maureen initially joined the organisation as a volunteer before becoming a member of the staff group in 2009. During that time Maureen has provided vital support to the family groups run by the organisation, as well as developing skills to enable her to work with families 1-1. Maureen is generally the first one to encourage our families outside when the weather permits and takes great joy in helping our children to grown various plants in the Home-Start garden.