Board of Governors
Ochil Tower School Registered Charity SC006091
The Board of Trustees has legal responsibility for the management of Ochil Tower. It has a Constitution and keeps minutes of meetings which record formally the decisions taken. The financial aspects of the work of Communities are recorded on an ongoing basis and audited annually by an external, professionally qualified auditor. The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that there is adequate support and supervision for the safe and efficient operation of Ochil Tower and that procedures are in place to deal effectively with matters such as health and safety, discipline, employment procedures and the expressing of a concern by pupils and/or their representatives.
The Board of Trustees hears appeals in matters of Co-worker grievance and discipline and is the final arbiter in such matters. Pupils and/or their representatives have recourse to the Local Authority if a matter of concern to them has not been dealt with to their satisfaction by the Board of Trustees. No Joint Coordinators or Core Group members are on the Board. However, two Joint Coordinators attend the meetings as representatives of the school. Non-resident members are invited to join the Board because they are knowledgeable about the work of Ochil Tower or because their particular professional expertise and knowledge of the work of Camphill enhances the work of the Board and benefits Ochil Tower. The Chairperson and other office bearers are elected by the Board of Trustees.
The current Trustees are:
I joined the community at Camphill Blair Drummond in early 2008 as their Director of Operations. I have over 24 years’ experience in health and social care, with a range of roles in both the private and third sector. Since joining Camphill Blair Drummond, I have had the pleasure in leading the community through a significant period of growth and change, providing me with further develop my skills in project management, finance, fundraising and above all, the provision of support and care that allows people to realise their potential.
I have been a member of the Ochil Tower School Board since 2012 taking on the role of Chair in November 2015, providing me with the opportunity to work closely with the school leadership team. I am also a trustee for Camphill Scotland, Camphill Central Scotland Social Fund and Loch Arthur Community. The balance to all this is my wife and three girls who provide a different range of joys and challenges!
Laura qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 1987 and in English law in 1992. She was Litigation Partner and latterly Senior Partner with L& L Lawrence Solicitors running their Glasgow and Edinburgh offices and then a Consultant to Drummond Miller Solicitors from 1998 - 2002. Laura was called to the Bar in 2003. As an Advocate she has appeared in the Court of Session, High Court, Sheriff Courts, Employment Tribunals and Social Security Tribunals. She specialises in personal injury and medical negligence. She also has experience of employment law, contractual disputes, fatal accident inquiries and has been involved in criminal defence and prosecution work. She has regularly been rated in the Legal 500 and Chambers Bar Directories for Personal Injury. She was junior counsel for the pursuer (Granville Cooper) in the lead case in the Vioxx group litigation against drug manufacturer Merck, Sharp and Dome” which successfully concluded in Scotland in 2003. Laura’s son Frankie is a former pupil of Ochil Tower School.
Beth McDonough is Keir’s Mum. She trained at Glasgow School of Art, then Dundee University, and taught Art in various sectors. Currently she teaches part time in Writing Study and Practice at Dundee University.She is a poet and is involved in various projects connected with her creative work and she reviews and edits for DURA. Her pamphlet "Handfast" (with Ruth Aylett) explores Ruth's family experience of dementia and Beth's of Keir's autism. She has been involved with various projects and groups in relation to autism, and enjoys swimming outdoors and foraging.
Claire trained as an occupational therapist: Her clinical background extends over 24 years and includes mental health, spinal injuries, neurology, paediatrics, and palliative care working in the NHS in UK, and Australia as well as the Third sector for over 10 years, which includes Ochil Tower, Camphill, and the Children’s Hospice Across Scotland. Claire worked at the Scottish Government in lead national roles from 2005- 2015 and was part of the small team responsible for the development & early implementation of the Quality Strategy (2010). Claire was an honorary clinical tutor at Dundee,University contributing to children’s nursing and palliative care, and currently contributes to Robert Gordon University to 4th yr AHP students. She is a published author in palliative care, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and children’s oncology. Awarded a Florence Nightingale/ Burdett Trust UK Leadership scholarship (2011-2012). She holds a MSc in Advanced Practice, a post graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Skills (Psychoanalytical) with Children & Young People, and a post graduate Certificate in Consulting in Organisational Change. Claire holds current state registration to practise (HCPC). She received a 3 day teaching on Compassion with HH The Dalai Lama in 2005.
I have been on the board since 2015. I have however had a long association with the school in the context of my previous career in Additional Support Needs with Glasgow City Council, my involvement at a national level on policy development and most recently as an independent consultant. I am particularly pleased to be a board member at such a developmental stage in Ochil Tower’s history. My personal interests include travel, reading, horse riding and the theatre.