chris clarke - chair
I am a retired children & families social worker, working here in Scotland since 1977 and have spent a large part of my 35 year career working with children, young people and their families.
I remain committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people. I bring considerable experience to TYA of direct work with troubled and marginalised young people in both residential and foster care as well as substantial knowledge and understanding of keeping children & young people safe. This comes through my work in child protection both in the Scottish Borders and East Lothian Council.
I am also a parent and grandparent so have personal experience of both children and young people!
I feel passionately about enabling, where possible, a secure and safe base for young people through TYA activities and drop-ins, supported by adults that are both reliable and predictable.
In addition I want to see youngsters feel respected and included and given the opportunities for developing their passions and interests, exploring work opportunities and to have some fun!
Born in Malawi, Africa. Schooled in Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied Interior Design in Durban, South Africa. Studied Eurythmy in Germany and worked as a Eurythmy teacher in Germany before studying Eurythmy Therapy. Moved to Mallorca, Spain. Worked for 11 years as an Interior Designer for international clients before moving to Scotland in 2008. Worked as an Auxiliary Nurse at Haylodge Hospital before moving to Australia to work as a Carer for elderly clients with Dementia. I am now living in Scotland assisting parents and have been a TYA Trustee since 2009.
I am a qualified social worker with nearly 35 years experience in both the public and voluntary sectors. Much of my career has focussed on community development, mainly in the voluntary sector with a large national voluntary social care organisation. Latterly, I have spent 5 years as manager of the local office of a Council for the Voluntary Sector in the Borders. I can offer TYA a sound knowledge of the factors required to ensure that a voluntary/community organisation functions successfully as well as an understanding of the challenges and hurdles that such organisations have to face.
I am a Mechanical Engineer with a degree from the University College London. I have worked in the electricity supply industry and various universities. My last post was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, from which I retired in 2017. I am an Honorary Treasurer of Tweeddale Youth Action.
Before leaving work to bring up my family I was employed in the pharmaceutical industry. I have been and am a Trustee of a number of local and national charities. I was chairman of Priorsford PTA and secretary to the School Board while my children attended that school, and went on to serve on the High School Board/Parent Council for many years. I was a member of Peebles Community Council (PCC) for six years and was the PCC representative on the Kingsland and High School Parent Councils.