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The following list indicates the extent and breadth of support for Upstart Scotland. It’s been compiled gradually (and, admittedly, rather haphazardly!) to be representative of the varied personal and professional backgrounds of Upstart’s many thousands of supporters around Scotland.

Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Luke Addison Manager, Riverside Cottage Nursery, Bathgate

Louise Arbuckle Director, The Drama Studio, Edinburgh

Elaine Bennett Founder of Keep Early Years Unique, Upstart’s sister organisation in England

Rhona Bain Former Primary Infant Teacher and Manager at Musical Steps, Coupar

Ian Barr Former Director of Curriculum for the Scottish Consultative Committee on the Curriculum

David Baxter  Former Consultant Community Paediatrician, Highlands

Jackie Brock CEO Children in Scotland

David Cameron  Scottish educationist and one of the architects of Curriculum for Excellence

John Carnochan OBE Former Chief Superintendent, Strathclyde Police, co-founder of Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Theresa Casey Independent Consultant and President, International Play Association (2008-17) during which time she managed the drafting process of General Comment 17 on article 31 of the UNCRC

Gillian Carlin-Kulwicki Nursery School Head Teacher, Glasgow

Poly Cheer Parent and Early Years professional, Moray

Dr Beth Christie Programme Director MSc Learning for Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

Mairi Clark Managing Director, Mulberry Bush Montessori, Glasgow

Prof Margaret Clark OBE literacy specialist, formerly at University of Strathclyde, and author of ‘Young Fluent Readers’ and ‘Reading the Evidence: Synthetic Phonics and Early Literacy’

Anne Condie Head of Childminding Services, Scottish Childminding Association

Karen Craig Retired Primary Headteacher and former Early Years Development Officer in Highland

Emily Cutts Chair of the Children’s Wood, Glasgow

John Davis Professor of Childhood Inclusion, University of Edinburgh.

Wendy Elliott CEO Save Childhood Movement (UK wide)

Willie French Headteacher, Royal High Primary School, Edinburgh

George Gilchrist former primary headteacher, writer and speaker on education and leadership, Scottish Borders

Mary Glasgow Director of Children and Family Services and External Affairs, Children 1st

Michele Gordon Director at The Language Hub, Glasgow

Gerry Hassan writer, political commentator and academic, University of Dundee

Dr. Elizabeth Henderson Early Years Consultant, Founder of Nature Nurture, Aberdeen

Susie Heywood Researcher, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Liz Hignett Home-School Partnership Worker, South Lanarkshire Council

George Hawkins MBE former head teacher of a British International School

Marguerite Hunter ­Blair CEO Play Scotland

Katie Hunter Edinburgh Secondary Teacher and mother of two pre-school boys

Louise James Early Years worker and mother of three

Michelle Jones and Kara Whelan Craigmillar Books for Babies Project

Pat Kane musician, political commentator and author of ‘The Play Ethic’

Jacqueline Lamb CEO Indigo Group (3-18 schools) Castlemilk, Glasgow

Ali Laver primary teacher, Shetland

Jean Macaulay Retired Nursery Nurse, North Lanarkshire

Cathy McCulloch Founder and Director of The Children’s Parliament

Anne McKechnie Independent Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Glasgow

Dr Miles Mack former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Scotland

Rhona Matheson CEO, Starcatchers

Liz McEntee Head of External Relations, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

Ian McGowan Director of the Movement and Learning Centre, Bo’ness

Margaret McLelland BA MSc Play Consultant, Glasgow

Lynn McNair Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh; Organiser of Moray House Froebel Course

Chris Miles MBE former Coordinator of Pre-School Learning for Fife, Celtic folk singer and specialist in outdoor learning

Dr Alice J F Mongiello BA Childhood Practice Programme Leader, University of Highlands and Islands, Inverness College

Marta Moskal Mother and Social Scientist, Glasgow

Lynne Munro Parent and P1 Teacher

Kathleen Murray Lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College

Janni Nicol Editor and Publisher of the Journal for Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood

Virginia Radcliffe Artistic Director, Licketyspit Theatre Company

Dr Rosie Reid, Paediatrician and Chaplain at Caithness General Hospital

Lucy Reynolds, Consultant Paediatrician, Glasgow

Lesley Riddoch Writer, Fife

Juliet Robertson Outdoor Education Specialist, Creative Star Learning Company, Aberdeenshire

Terry Ross Educational Consultant, Lecturer and Teacher, Bathgate

Jonathan Sher Organiser of Scottish coalition for ‘Social Justice Begins with Babies’

Katrina Sher Early Primary Teacher/Mentor in Australia, USA and Scotland

Maggie Simpson former CEO Scottish Childminders Association

Alan Sinclair Visiting Fellow at the Work Foundation, former Director of Skills for Scottish Enterprise

Donald Smith Director, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (Tracs)

Ben Southwood Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute

Shona Stephen CEO, Queens Cross Housing Association, Glasgow

Ninian Stuart Founding Director of the Centre for Stewardship, Fife

Colwyn Trevarthen Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology, Edinburgh University, and Vice President, Early Education

Charles Weedon Educational Psychologist and specialist in learning difficulties

Avril Williamson Headteacher, Linthaugh Nursery School, Glasgow

Charlotte Willson Kindergarten Teacher

Phil Wilson Professor of Primary Care and Rural Health, University of Aberdeen

Shelagh Young Scotland Director, Home Start UK

Suzanne Zeedyk Research Scientist, University of Dundee and Connected Baby


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