Board – Cairn Mhor

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Managing Director – Claire Robinson. Previous experience includes Local Authority Social Worker and Residential Social Worker with various management roles. Passionate about residential child care and in encouraging children, young people and staff to be all they can be. Proud to be part of a team that can evidence good outcomes for the children and young people we care for.

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Chairperson - Marion Geddes. After working within the children and families social work service of a local authority for many years, Marion managed a Family Placement team for over 20 years. She has always had a particular interest in children who require permanent care away from their families and moved to an independent fostering agency in 2010 to set up and manage their Permanence Service, before retiring in 2017. She now volunteers for Scottish Adoption Register and English for speakers of other languages as well as becoming a Director for Cairn Mhor. 

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Director - Dorothy Markham.  Founder of the Company and was Chief Executive for over 13 years – extensive and long experience in Social work and set up Cairn Mhor particularly to provide a loving and nurturing environment for young people. Previous experience includes Lecturer, Counsellor, Tutor and Assistant Principal Officer for Children and Families for several Councils. Qualified Social Worker with considerable experience in both setting up and managing an individual counselling service and a wide range of social work services including services for children and families and the elderly.

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Director – Don McClymont. Brought up in Fife. Early career in electronics, moving to calibration and then quality system auditing.  Avid collector of qualifications, including post-grad Diploma in HR. Became interested in social work and childcare after meeting Dorothy. Provided admin services to Dorothy when she became self-employed. Joined Cairn Mhor as part of the admin and HR team. Whilst with Cairn Mhor obtained NEBOSH health and safety qualification. Now retired. Became a director in 2016.  Interests are languages, travel and music.

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Director - Lesley Taylor. Lesley first worked for Cairn Mhor back in 2003 on completion of her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews. She left in 2006 to take up her place on the Masters in Educational Psychology course at the University of Dundee. Since qualifying in 2008 she has worked in Scottish Local Authorities supporting a wide range of additional support needs. She has a particular interest in the impact early developmental trauma and attachment relationships have on the developing brain.

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Director – Bob Bazley. With over 25 years’ experience as a COO, CIO and CTO in the Financial Sector working in Europe, North America and Asia, Bob has specialized in Operations and Information Technology for some of the largest financial firms in the world. He setup his own IT services company in 2011 which is how he became involved with Cairn Mhor providing IT support. It was at this time he discovered that the founder of Cairn Mhor used to look after him while he himself was a looked after child. This led to Bob becoming more involved in the Muirhead Outreach charity initially as a trustee but he is now the Chairman. Bob is a keen mountaineer and has completed several of the highest mountains on each of the continents as well as all of Europe. He served in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army at the beginning of his work career.  He is highly motivated and keen to make a difference in the support and care of each child within Cairn Mhor.

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Accountant – Neil Paterson. Born and brought up in Leven, Neil trained with an international accounting firm in Edinburgh and then went on to be an audit manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Edinburgh, where he was in charge of large multi-national assignments. Neil joined Paterson Boyd & Co C.A. in 1989 as a partner in the Leven office and he now has client responsibilities in both Leven and Glenrothes. He attends all Board meetings and provides general advice on all matters financial to the Board. Away from the office Neil is interested in all sports and is a member of Lundin, Leven Thistle and Ladybank Golf Clubs.