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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

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 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 Trust Staff and Board Member

Kirstie Maclean

Kirstie Maclean started work as a trainee social worker in the London Borough of Lambeth in 1972. She qualified as a social worker in 1975 and moved to Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1977 to establish a teenage fostering scheme. In 1983, she moved back into practice team work and then managed the Bradford Adoption and Fostering Unit from 1986 - 1990. Her next moves were to become a Children Act Development Officer and then a Training Manager, before moving to Edinburgh in 1996. She worked for the Social Work Services Inspectorate until 2005, including a 3.5 year secondment to the University of Strathclyde to establish the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care. From 2005 - 2011, she was a Service Manager (Looked After and Accommodated Children) for the City of Edinburgh Council. After retiring from full time work, she worked as a part time social work consultant until 2017. She has been on the Dean and Cauvin Board of Governors since 2013

Dean and Cauvin Trust Staff and Board Member

Jaslin Bhagrath

Jaslin is a partner at Henderson Loggie Chartered Accountants. She has over 20 years’ experience in the accounting profession, working with a range of both SME’s and not-for-profit organisations. Jaslin is passionate about using her skills to help the not for profit sector. She sits on the Board of several charities and joined the Board of Governors of Dean & Cauvin Young People's Trust in May 2021. Jaslin helps put the financial numbers into context demonstrating how these relate to the performance and delivery of our service

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Dr Zoe Dunhill

Dean and Cauvin Staff and Board Member

Sheriff Susan Craig

Dean and Cauvin Staff and Board Member

Stewart Dunbar

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Susan Middleton

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Karen Keil

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