As a registered charity we have a Board of Trustees whose primary job is to keep us safe as an organisation. The trustees all have a passionate interest in ensuring our organisation actually does what we aim to do and operates within the rules of good governance and we are financially sound in order to keep providing high quality support. All our trustees give their time on a voluntary basis and come from a wide variety of business backgrounds and some have lived experience of receiving support directly or support for their family members.

Paul Skovron

Paul is a highly motivated and energetic leader and ambassador in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) with a reputation for helping organisations on the diversity journey. He has an extensive background, having worked in Financial Services, as a performance and talent people leader responsible for several functional teams. Paul has a strong track record that includes diversity and IT programme management as well as Organisational Design; Stakeholder Management; Training; Communications; Governance and Portfolio Management.

Paul now channels his passion for diversity and inclusion as Managing Director of his business, 3In Consulting. He helps all types of organisations in the private sector and charities / 3rd sector to create an inclusive culture and an environment where employees are valued, empowered, engaged and motivated. Paul’s track record of achievements is varied and impressive having established a strong reputation and a network of contacts. He is very committed to supporting charities and social enterprises giving back to the community in many ways. He is passionate about equity and fairness for all regardless of their personal circumstances and this is why Paul joined the Board in 2018 and why he accepted the role of Chair of the Board in January 2020. Paul is an enthusiastic supporter of Partners for Inclusion, its ethos, and its dedication to provide personal support to people with mental and / or learning disabilities, mental health needs or both and their families. Paul is a strong advocate of the individual support model adopted by Partners for Inclusion Group as he knows that this enables a strong bond with everyone involved. Paul is keen to brings his strong values and ethics, experience, and passion, to Partners for Inclusion to enable the organisation to flourish.

Craig Paterson

Craig Paterson is a strategy advisor and coach. He is also the Executive Education Advisor to The Data Lab, where he leads their Executive Education programme to raise awareness of the business opportunities created by the better use of data and AI. He also works with all sizes of company, in multiple industries, to help them drive business value from the better use of digital opportunities.

Craig has over 30 years of experience from a variety of industries and a wide spectrum of activities from building IT solutions to defining and executing business and digital strategies.  Craig believes in investing in people to help them develop as individuals, to enjoy their work and to fulfil their potential. He has a pragmatic approach and an inclusive style that allows him to rapidly build trust.

LinkedIn: JamesCraigPaterson

Strengths Based Leadership

I did the StrengthsFinder assessment, and this is what it came up with for me. 

“This is the result generated by StrengthsFinder for me: I completed the Strength Based Leadership assessment, and these are my top 5 talent themes.

1.     Strategic: I can create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, I can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

2.     Ideation: I am fascinated by ideas. I am able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

3.     Empathy: I can sense the feelings of other people by imagining myself in their lives or situations.

4.     Futuristic: I am inspired by the future and what could be. I inspire others with my visions of the future.

5.     Communication: I find it easy to put my thoughts into words. I am a good conversationalist and presenter.”

Everyone gets a good write up as it’s their strengths, so it’s no surprise it is popular!

Karen Walker

My name is Karen Walker and I have been a board member for around 4 years. My brother has received support from Partners for many years and I wanted to give something back to the company. As a family member on the board I understand the worries and concerns families have about the wellbeing of our loved ones and how important it is to have the right people supporting our family members. I am a wife, daughter, sister and mum to two adult children and stepmum to two adult stepchildren and am a doggy mum to Bluey, a retired greyhound. I enjoy yoga, cooking, baking, reading and pottering about in the garden. I work with the Sensory Impairment Team within the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. I have a good working knowledge of the review and assessment process of care needs, Telecare equipment and Self Directed Support .

David J Smith

An experienced leader with a wealth of experience within factory high volume manufacturing.  A record to drive improvements within stores, planning, operations, facilities and maintenance management with planning and prioritisation, which enables the delivery of targets to deadlines within pressurised environments.  A natural leader who can build, engage, motivate, develop and manage high performing teams.  A proven ability to identify and drive improvements to processes and procedures that streamline and maximise efficiencies.

High Volume Manufacturing

Planning and Supply Chains

Motivational Leadership

Process Improvement

Performance Management

Facilities and Maintenance

LinkedIn: David Smith

Lucia W

Lucia joined the board of PFI the year after we were established.  She began her career in social care and then moved on to gain management experience in banking and criminal justice.  After some years as a management consultant, majoring in health and social care integration, she is now a senior civil servant.

Mark Sheerin

I am Mark Sheerin; I have been working within learning and development for last 12 years.  I have been involved in assessing and verification of vocational qualifications in a range of sectors including management, information telecommunication, warehousing and logistics and hospitality etc. 

I have experience of business development around training and apprenticeship programmes.  This has been via employment and on a freelance basis.

Over the last five years, I have developed into leadership within the training and apprenticeship arena and been involved in management, compliance, and strategy of the businesses I have supported.  I work closely with all parties from trainees, suppliers, awarding bodies and funding streams. I am currently working as the Learning and Development manager within an IT company based in Central Scotland.

Mary-Frances Felletti

M-F was born and educated in Glasgow & comes from a close-knit family of Italian descent. Throughout her 35+ yrs. HR career she has lived across the UK &, her roles in Europe and Middle East fed her love of travel as she loves combining relaxation with culture plus visits to Tuscany to see family & friends.

After leaving corporate world, M-F established her own company focusing on enabling individuals & teams to maximise their contribution & for some, help them rediscover what they love about their roles! Her experience in business/HR strategy & areas including   leadership & team development, communication & engagement, succession planning,  performance management & reward strategies has encouraged her to take up Trustee/Non-Executive Director roles as she is keen to ‘give back’ & share her experience.

M-F joined the Partners for Inclusion Board in Oct 2019 & is enjoying learning about the challenges of providing bespoke care for people with individual needs & then contributing through regular Board meetings. She has an open style & enjoyed meeting people supported by Partners for Inclusion & some of the committed, skilled people who provide that support at a recent ‘meet & greet’ session. M-F is also looking forward to future opportunities to meet more of those involved with Partners for Inclusion.

Cathy Jamieson

Having originally studied art and art therapy, Cathy Jamieson went on to qualify in social work and ran a number of projects for children and young people, before becoming director of Who Cares? Scotland, the advocacy organisation for young people in care.

She was a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 till 2011, and held various roles including Cabinet Minister for Education and Young People, and Cabinet Minister for Justice as well as being Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour Party.  She was elected as MP in 2010, and served as Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury. 

On leaving Parliament in 2015, Cathy joined Care Visions and became CEO of Childrens Services, where she is now Executive Chair of Childrens Services Board, and a founding Trustee of the Why Not? Trust for care experienced young people.

Outside of her employment, she is a Director of Kilmarnock Football Club and the Killie Trust,  a Director of Scotwest Credit Union and a Trustee of Lochlan’s Legacy, a charity which aims to raise awareness of needs of people with Type 1 diabetes. Having followed the development of Partners since her time as a local MSP and MP, she was delighted to join the Board and hopes that she can help the organisation develop its unique approach further.

Rona Rae

I bring to the role of Trustee my life experience as a parent of a young person with significant Additional Support needs and Autism. As a parent of someone whom PFI support I have a clear perspective of how things should be, the processes involved in ensuring the best outcomes for someone living in their own home with support and how that support can work best. I bring an open and honest opinion based on my professional experience and also that of a parent of 31 years. I have worked in local secondary schools for over 20 years, my current position is as an Additional Support needs classroom assistant and over the years I have developed a range of techniques to support young people. I care very much about helping people and that is why I am a trustee at PFI.