Isabel Paterson - Chair
Isabel and her family live on the Black Isle. She is a freelance musician and music tutor. Isabel joined the Highland Children’s Forum and its management committee in 2001, whilst working in the voluntary sector for PAMIS, working with people with profound learning disabilities and their carers. As a parent-carer herself she is passionate about the rights of children with disabilities and their families. Isabel has been Chair of the Highland Children’s Forum since January 2005.
Isabel sits on the Highland Adaptations and Equipment Project Team and Play Highland Committee.
Rebecca Huxtable-Smith - Treasurer
Rebecca has a background in Finance, and continues to work on a part-time basis whilst caring for her three children. As a single parent Rebecca juggles the demands of life and caring for a child with additional needs. With family experience of conditions such as ASD, DCD, ADHD and Cystic Fibrosis she is an ardent supporter of children's rights and ensuring that their voice is heard. Rebecca enjoys an active life with her children and values the support available to children and carers in the Highlands. She is privileged to represent children and young people on the committee to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Clare worked for 20 years as a Staff Nurse in Raigmore Hospital before taking early retirement. She lives with her family in Inverness and is a parent/carer. She has a keen interest in trying to ensure that children with additional needs can access all the support that they require.
Christian has worked in the voluntary sector for thirty years, in a variety of roles but always involved with children and young people, their families and their communities. As Chief Executive of CHIP+ she is committed to ensuring that all families have easy access to reliable and helpful information.
Mark, first and foremost is a husband and Dad of three loving boys. Tragically, the youngest was killed in a driveway accident aged 17 months. Additionally, the family has experience of the bonuses and challenges associated with autism.
Professionally, Mark holds a doctorate in nutritional biochemistry and now heads Harbro Ltd’s five UK manufacturing sites.
Following Iain’s fatal accident in 2007 Mark and his wife founded Iain’s Trust and campaigned relentlessly to ensure cars could not be accidently started. This was achieved in July 2009 and the trust is now highlighting driveway safety across the UK.
For leisure Mark is a cyclist with a penchant for hills having cycled the length of the Alps in six days and across the Pyrenees in less than 100 hours. He is also addicted to the Highland Cross.
We should learn how to do first aid survival. We should be taught how to fend for ourselves in the real world.”