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Meet the Board

Dean and Cauvin Trust Staff and Board Member

Nick Ellis QC

Nick is a governor nominated by the Faculty of Advocates. He has been a governor since January 2013, Chair of the Board since September 2018 and a litigation lawyer for longer than he cares to remember. As well as his legal experience, he has two children of his own who have both turned out to be young adults who, in their different ways, make him very proud.

Dean and Cauvin Trust Staff and Board Member

Liz Pitcairn MBE

Liz is a retired social worker who, during her 30 years of service with Edinburgh City Council, worked within Children & Families Teams. Latterly she was Team leader of the Family Support Recruitment Team which recruits, assesses and trains foster carers and adopters.

Alongside Liz's professional interest in children has been her lifelong commitment as an adult volunteer within the Guide Association and during the period 2002 – 2007 she was the Scottish Chief Commissioner. She remains directly involved with the girls at local level and enjoys any opportunity to enhance the lifelong learning of young people.

Liz is married with two adult children and enjoys walking, swimming, travel and rock music.

Dean and Cauvin Trust Staff and Board Member

Pauline Walker

Rector, The Royal High School Edinburgh

Pauline is currently the Rector of The Royal High School in Edinburgh and took up post in August 2014. Previous to this post she was Headteacher of Gracemount High School for 5 years.

Pauline is passionate about education and firmly believes in ensuring every young person is fully supported to make the very best of their opportunities. She hopes that through her work with Dean & Cauvin she will be able to contribute to the success of the charity in helping young people to succeed in life.

Dean and Cauvin Staff and Board Member

Dr Zoe Dunhill

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Sheriff Susan Craig

Dean and Cauvin Trust Staff and Board Member

Robert Swift

Robert Swift trained as a social worker in the 1970s. After qualifying he worked with children and families in Cumbria before a period of voluntary service overseas in Malaysia. He later worked in Edinburgh and the Lothians before moving to South Lanarkshire in 2011 where he was Head of Children and Justice services and Chief Social Work Officer. Robert has always had a keen interests in fostering and adoption, both as a practitioner and a manager. He has chaired fostering and adoption panels and has been agency decision maker for various organisations. He chaired the Social Work Scotland sub group on fostering and adoption for many years. Though now retired Robert continues to be involved in fostering and adoption matters with a number of voluntary organisations and local authorities. Robert is an adoptive parent and is the author of Adopting a Child in Scotland, published by BAAF.

Dean and Cauvin Staff and Board Member

Kirstie Maclean

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