chris clarke - chair
I have spent my entire professional life working in Scotland. I am a registered social worker with SSSC and a member of BASW - social work's professional body. I have post-graduate qualifications in social work, child protection and social work services leadership. I am a graduate of Reading University and after a decade in residential child care, with both Lothian Regional Council and Barnardos, I gained my professional qualification as a social worker at Edinburgh University in 1989. I worked initially as a generic social worker and then as a senior social worker in a community care team with Borders Regional Council (1989-1996). In 1996 I was appointed to the post of child protection and reviewing officer. This post had the lead role in social work for the receipt and co-ordination of child protection referrals and investigations, providing training, advice and guidance on child protection matters. I also chaired both case conferences and LAC reviews,
Born in Malawi, Africa. Schooled in Harare, Zimbabwe. Studied Interior Design in Durban, South Africa. Studied Eurythmy in Germany. Worked as a Eurythmy teacher in Germany before studying Eurythmy Therapy. Worked as a Eurythmy Therapist in a clinic in Germany. 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. Now living in Scotland assisting parents. Have been a TYA Trustee since 2009.
Graham is a qualified social worker with nearly 35 years experience in both the public and voluntary sectors. Much of his career has focussed on community development, mainly in the voluntary sector with a large national voluntary social care organisation. Latterly, Graham spent 5 years as manager of the local office of a Council for the Voluntary Sector in the Borders. He brings 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.