Mary joined the board in 2014 and a recent graduate of the Parenting Matters course. Since joining the board she has been heavily involved in the recruitment of new staff for the existing and new services. Mary has enjoyed a varied career in education, teaching in early years, primary and secondary schools. She found being a primary headteacher very rewarding and prior to retirement had the great privilege of being Head of Service for North Ayrshire Council with responsibility for Education for children and young people. As well as spending time with her family Mary enjoys travelling, gardening, hillwalking, cooking and reading.
Aaliya Seyal, Treasurer
Aaliya’s passion for causes promoting equality, empowerment, helping people achieve their full potential attracted her to PNS’s impact in enhancing happier and more joyful family life. Aaliya joined the Board of PNS in June 2015, Aaliya has a breadth of experience of operational and financial management gained in senior management positions within the voluntary sector. Aaliya’s own journey of parenting has flourished into a strong relationship with her son and in their free time they enjoy baking together.
Rosemary Howe, Trustee
Rosie joined the board of PNS, having been aware of its work for several years through a colleague. Recently retired she is now pursing her interest in parenting programmes and early intervention initiatives. Rosie was a social worker in Children’s Services for many years and as a result is acutely aware of the need for many parents to be supported to develop the confidence and skills in parenting in order to give their children the best start in life. Rosie has two adorable grandsons, and when she isn’t spending time with them she is pottering around in her garden.
A mother of two, and currently employed as a Senior Policy/Analysis Officer in the public sector, Halena’s experience is underpinned with values of equality, equity of opportunity, co-production and person-centred principles that connect education, skills and employment, with stories that share complex backgrounds and a diverse range of previous personal experiences of culture, learning, life and work.
Halena brings Parent Network Scotland over sixteen years of excellent practical experience and tested project management across ages and stages within a range of educational settings: primary (teacher), secondary (guidance and progression), Further Education (engagement, full inclusion and multiagency intervention), Higher Education (widening participation, equality and diversity) and with adult learners (recognition of prior learning and employability).
About 10 years ago Alan was struck by the significance of parenting and early years and how little appreciation of its importance is reflected in public policy and what we do as people. He wrote; “0-5: How small children make a big difference”. Alan was the founding Chief Executive of Heatwise Glasgow and the Wise Group and oversaw the charitable company’s growth over an 18 year period. Later he served as the Senior Director for Skills and Learning for Scottish Enterprise.
Alan has served on a range of public, private and charitable boards. He was on the New Deal Taskforce (Scotland) and the New Deal Advisory Group (Westminster). Alan has two teenage children and enjoys a range of out door activities from cycling to picking mushrooms. He was awarded a CBE and has an MA and an MBA
Ken has spent most of his career working for social enterprises, mainly in learning and development, and is currently part of the Leadership Team at Sense Scotland, supporting children, young people and adults with sensory impairment and learning disabilities. He is a long-term supporter of children’s charities, and experienced as a parent, step-parent and grandparent, including involvement in the adoption process. Ken believes none of us are experts in parenting, and we all need to learn from one another, and help develop the next generation of great parents!
Laura is currently a human rights educator and philosophy teacher who is firmly committed to the principles of equality, inclusion and empowerment. Laura is also a qualified Social Worker and has worked in the public and voluntary sector in both frontline and management roles assisting children and adults experiencing complex social and health issues. Laura also has governance experience and previously sat on the board of Women’s Aid. Laura herself, is a mum of two and appreciates that parenting can be one of the toughest yet most rewarding jobs there is. Laura wants to work with PNS to ensure parents have meaningful support and opportunities to enhance their own and others’ lives.
Gillian has spent much of her working life focusing on Project Management & Operational management in IT. Having recently left Clydesdale Bank after a number of years, she is looking to pursue a more varied career, bringing with her a wealth of experience in IT, management of people/recruitment & a profound understanding of parenting through her own experiences in her family life.
Gillian enjoys travelling & experiencing new cultures and has a great passion for supporting/helping parents and children to have a great opportunity on life.