Bachlaw Projects is led by a Senior Management Team and Board of Directors that meet regularly with our Board of Advisors to oversee the smooth running, development and delivery of services to meet the highest quality. The Directors are; Hamish McLeay, Sarah Davis, John McLeay and James McLeay.
The wealth of experience that they bring with them encompasses social work and children’s and families services. Teaching and residential childcare, in both primary and secondary schools, along with special needs education and counselling. With backgrounds in mainstream and residential education as well as university lecturing, sports science, researching and advising, Bachlaw Projects is well qualified and advised in all areas of education and residential childcare.
We are also fortunate to have much experience from the business world encompassing sales and marketing, accountancy, production management, hospitality, architecture and legal services.
The staff team consists of qualified, dedicated members who are trained in all aspects of residential childcare and education support within Bachlaw Projects. We strive for high standards and consistently meet them.
Elaine is continuing the work of her late husband Jim. Elaine is a retired primary school teacher whose experience and knowledge are invaluable to Bachlaw Projects.
Dr Martin Barker
Martin Barker has been working in education for over thirty years. His teaching experience ranges from Primary to Higher Education, and incorporates eight years as a teacher and housemaster in independent secondary schools. Martin’s work during this time included careers guidance, Head of Special Educational Needs, and counseling (in which he is qualified). Martin has also worked for a further seven years with young people with social emotional and behavioral difficulties (SEBD) both in mainstream schools and in a special residential school for pupils with SEBD, where he was a senior teacher.
Currently, Martin Barker is teaching undergraduates and postgraduates at university. He has substantial experience as an award-winning teacher, researcher and advisor in universities in the UK and USA, and has published several books and numerous academic papers.
Martin describes himself as a ‘problem solver’ and ‘visualiser’, and is pleased to offer his skills and experience to the Bachlaw Advisory Board. He has a strong belief in the capacity of struggling young people to turn their lives around, and in the staff who can help them to achieve this. “We all have hidden strengths!”
Retired three years ago with a wealth of experience managing residential schools and children’s services for local authorities.
Roz Taylor works for Enterprise North East Trust, as part of the team that delivers Business Gateway Advisory Support in the North Aberdeenshire area of Grampian. Roz is a Business Advisor who provides business support to pre-start and new businesses including business planning, financial analysis, marketing, market research, strategic development and employment legislation.
Her background includes hospitality and catering both at Craigendarroch Hotel and Country Club and The Fife Arms Hotel in Turriff. Roz also has a family agricultural background and worked in the Clydesdale Bank for two Years.
Roz has an HND in Leisure and Recreation Management, CIPD certificate in Personnel, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and has recently completed her MSC in Agri-Business Management.
Roz was awarded the Entrepreneurial Supporter of the year in the 2010 Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise.
Helen James is Head Teacher of an Aberdeenshire rural school. In her fifteen years of teaching she has worked in a broad range of sectors including five years working in a residential school for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Helen strongly believes in the rights of every child to the very best in education and care.
Solicitor within a local law firm.
John’s current roles include Chairman of Moray Firth & North Coast Inshore Fisheries Group, CEO Scottish Seafood Association, Councillor Aberdeenshire Council – Banff & District Ward, Banff & Buchan Area Committee Chairman.
John has a background in sales, marketing, product development, production, management and the hospitality industry.
Jonathan Christie is the YPI Scotland Programme Manager responsible for the oversight, management and development of YPI across Scotland. Jonathan has led YPI Scotland with the Wood Family Trust since 2011. He has a mixed professional background within the third sector, social work and sports development. Jonathan has a postgraduate Certificate in Residential Childcare Management, BA Honours in Sports Science and is a Prince 2 Practitioner.
Jonathon is an academic foundation doctor at the University of Cambridge working in NHS East Anglia. Jonathon worked as a relief child support worker at Bachlaw Projects for six years during his time at university. Jonathon is keen to continue supporting young people in residential care through his contributions to the Board of Advisors at Bachlaw Projects.
Kate Birch retired in June 2012 after forty years as a social worker and manager in children & families services. Kate has a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Residential Childcare. Kate strongly believes that good quality residential care should be highly valued and is looking forward to continuing to contribute as an Advisor for Bachlaw Projects.