MDMary Docherty, Chairperson

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.

Image of PatrickPatrick Boase, Trustee

Patrick has been with PNS since the first course run in Scotland in 1990 when it was part of Parent Network UK.  As one of the first Facilitators trained he facilitated courses across Strathclyde in the 90’s and 00’s.  Patrick was part of the team who established PNS as an independent charity and with the exception of a gap in 2006/7 has been part of the board ever since.  Patrick is a consultant and trainer in the voluntary sector, specializing in Social Accounting and Audit.  Patrick has two grown up children and has recently been training as a Iyengar Yoga instructor.


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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.


Image of RosemaryRosemary 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.


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Duncan Shaw, Trustee

Duncan recently re-joined the board of PNS, having previously been a board member.  Duncan has a background in providing emotional support, mental health and social care services in communities and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Pheonix Health in Greenock and the Project Manager of their Safe Harbour project.



halenaHalena Gauntlett

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).

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