Meet the Team Branddaddy
Jonathan ChristieYPI Scotland Manager
Jonathan is our YPI Scotland National Manager, responsible for the oversight, management and development of YPI across Scotland. Jonathan has led YPI Scotland with The Wood Foundation since 2011. Jonathan has a mixed professional background within the third sector, social work and sports development. Chair of a regional charity focused on supporting young people, Jonathan also sits on the board of advisors of a company specialised in residential education and therapeutic support.
Alex ReidYPI Scotland Coordinator
Alex joined the YPI team in November 2017, providing maternity cover for Lynsey in the role of YPI Scotland Coordinator. Alex has a varied administration and project management background with a mixture of public, private and third sector organisations. She has previously led a successful industry partnership with a local school, where she saw and understood first-hand the wide ranging benefits of the YPI programme for both young people and charities. The YPI Scotland Coordinator role combines her dual passions of developing young people and the third sector, and she is delighted to be part of the team.
Lynsey BrosnanYPI Scotland Coordinator
Lynsey started working for YPI in April 2016 and is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operational delivery of the programme. This involves leading the Regional Facilitators; developing the monitoring and evaluation strategy; and supporting teachers by organising shared learning events and developing programme materials. Lynsey is passionate about supporting young people and their development having worked within a variety of Education and Graduate Development roles in both the public and private sectors, including leading the Education Liaison Team at Robert Gordon University.
Layla started working for YPI in October 2016 and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of YPI Scotland and supporting Jonathan, Louise, Lynsey and the team of Regional Facilitators. This involves being the main contact for YPI operational queries, alongside a responsibility for all event management requirements, processes that underpin school enrolment and activity linked to each and every grant award. Layla has come from the Oil & Gas sector supporting Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), System Integration Testing (SIT) and project execution. She has a strong technical administrative and PA background and is a welcome addition to the team!
Calum MacSweenHighlands & Islands Lead
Calum will perhaps be a familiar face to you as he worked in four different Highland schools from 1982 to 2010. After a brief time with Learning and Teaching Scotland he became Head of Education at Highland Council until his retirement in 2013. He has been involved with YPI since its introduction to Highland in 2012 and is looking forward to continuing his involvement as a facilitator in the coming session.
Jane CliffordCentral Lead
Jane’s background is in secondary education as a science teacher, PT Guidance and Depute Headteacher. She was seconded to Learning and Teaching Scotland and the Scottish Government in 2008 to support the development of Curriculum for Excellence and held National Development Officer and Team Leader Support for children and young people posts in LTS and Education Scotland. Following retirement in 2012, Jane has worked with Education Scotland’s Rights, Support and Well-being Team to develop and deliver training of national programmes including Restorative Approaches, mental and emotional well-being and CPD for support staff.
Lynn RaynalWest Central Scotland Regional Facilitator
Lynn has worked in the voluntary sector for several years and is passionate about making a difference through both her work and her voluntary commitments. With a background in health and safety, training and project management, Lynn enjoys working with young people and encouraging them to engage with their local charities, enabling them to make a difference.
Isabel JohnstoneAyrshire Regional Facilitator
Isabel has worked in Ayrshire throughout her teaching career as PT Music and then as senior Depute Headteacher until her retirement in 2011. She currently supports local schools with whole-school timetabling and is looking forward to promoting and extending YPI involvement throughout Ayrshire in the forthcoming session.
Anne SimMoray Regional Facilitator
Anne has spent over 20 years in General Practice Management leading her fellow Partners in the ever changing health sector. She is heavily involved in Third Sector activities through regular volunteering and support for local charities. Anne’s enthusiasm for YPI evolved from her Health Centre Charity being the recipient of £3k in 2013. She passionately believes in YPI as a means for all students to excel and in turn make a huge difference for their chosen local charity.
Alistair CairnsSouth Glasgow Regional Facilitator
Alistair’s support for schools delivering YPI is underpinned by a successful career in Scottish education. The experience he brings to facilitate your school’s delivery comes from over twenty years working in secondary schools followed by many years supporting education and educators nationally as Principal Education Officer with Learning and Teaching Scotland and then Education Manager at Education Scotland. Alistair believes YPI is the perfect vehicle to engage and work with committed, passionate young people and teachers.
George SmugaMidlothian Regional Facilitator
George is one of the newest members to the YPI Scotland Regional Team and is a former Head Teacher of two secondaries (North Berwick High and The Royal High in Edinburgh) with a spell with East Lothian Education Department as Manager Quality Assurance in-between. On leaving The Royal High, George worked with Scottish Government as a Professional Adviser for Curriculum for Excellence primarily focusing on developing curriculum models. After his spell with Scottish Government he worked as a consultant to help schools develop their curriculum in line with CfE.
Linda SchubertNorth Highland Regional Facilitator
Linda came to the Highlands in 1990 having worked in England, Germany and Edinburgh as a teacher. She was the Head Teacher of Highland’s largest Special school from 2004-2013. Linda them became a Quality Improvement Officer and, retired in 2015. As part of the quality improvement team, she had a key development role for additional support needs and developing leadership. Linda was a member of the Donaldson Review team. Having been happily retired for over a year she is delighted to once again be involved with schools and young people as a YPI facilitator.
Susan BeattieEdinburgh and Tayside Regional Facilitator
Until January 2017, Sue was the Head Teacher of Belmont Academy in South Ayrshire. Previous to this, she held Depute Head and Principal Teacher posts in Fife and Edinburgh, primarily in large comprehensive secondary schools. Sue has been a huge supporter of YPI since introducing it to pupils and colleagues in 2009, firmly believing that it provides invaluable experiences and opportunities for young people.
Margaret ThomsonNorth East Regional Faciliator
Originally from Glasgow, Margaret has lived in the North East for 20 years and worked as a Primary Headteacher in both small and large schools. Her particular area of interest is Learning for Sustainability and Global Citizenship. She has worked on a variety of international projects, including two in Uganda and Rwanda as part of the Global Learning Partnerships programme with The Wood Foundation in 2012 and 2016. She has also had considerable involvement in Rights Respecting Schools. She passionately believes that YPI is an inspiring and relevant context for developing important skills in our young people and is looking forward to her new role with YPI.