Meet the Team
Professor Helen Minnis - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.
Helen Minnis has been interested in attachment and the mental health problems associated with abuse and neglect since working as an orphanage doctor in Guatemala in the early 1990s.
Since taking up post as an academic child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Glasgow in 2003, her research has focussed on Attachment Disorders, including developing and testing treatments and preventative interventions.
Colwyn Trevarthen - Emeritus Professor Child Psychology & Psychobiology University of Edinburgh.
Colwyn is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Vice President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education. He originally trained as a biologist, before going on to study infancy research at Harvard in 1967, and has since published on brain development, infant communication and emotional health.
His current research concerns how rhythm and expressions of musicality in movement help communication with children and may help parents, teachers and therapists give care and companionship to young children.
Edwina Grant - Edwina is an independent chartered educational psychologist and certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) practitioner, consultant and trainer. She has over thirty years experience of working with children and families in a range of contexts from residential care to family therapy.
The majority of her work is with looked after and accommodated children, foster and adoptive families. Edwina’s professional passion is attachment theory into practice. Recognising the crucial importance for all children of secure healthy family relationships and the need to support all parenting figures to achieve this. Some parents and children need more support than others; parenting can be a tough as well as joyful!
As well as her therapeutic work with families Edwina provides training and consultancy in attachment and trauma - informed practice for organisations – local authority and third sector, social work, health and education She coordinates and co-facilitates Dan Hughes DDP training in Scotland and is an Honorary Associate of DDP Connects UK Board of Directors.
Edwina has authored and co-authored several publications about the importance of attachment; she also represented SAIA on the Workforce work group of the Independent Care Review.
Edwina is a founding member of SAIA and has chaired the organisation for most of its life. SAIA becoming a SCIO in 2015 was the fulfilment of an ambition that required much commitment and work from the many people - practitioners and parents / carers together - who have contributed to the organisation since its beginnings in 2006.
Judy Furnivall - Judy is an independent consultant working primarily in the children’s social care sector. She was formerly a lecturer at the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland based in the University of Strathclyde with lead responsibility for consultancy. She worked as a member of staff and assistant director at Peper Harow Therapeutic Community for seven years.
Since moving to Scotland she has worked as a lecturer, researcher, trainer and consultant with a particular focus on residential child care.
She is a founder member of SAIA and has co-authored several documents on their behalf focusing on the importance of attachment - particularly in work with children in care but also across the whole children’s sector. Her passionate belief in the importance of attachment as a foundational theory and approach in all relational work underpins her choice to support SAIA in the role of Trustee and Vice Chair.
As well as her interest in attachment she also maintains a focus on the need to adopt an approach to vulnerable children that is informed by a trauma perspective but which recognises the importance of recognising and developing resilience.
Her other interests include the education and health of children in care, social pedagogy, therapeutic care, the interface between fostering and residential care and the dynamics of organisations.
She is currently completing a PhD looking at the suicide of careleavers and is also undertaking a professional doctorate at the Tavistock looking at physical restraint of children in residential settings.
Moira Greentree - Moira is Director of Operations for Care Visions Children’s Services. Her role encompasses residential, fostering and continuing relationships services, bringing Children’s Services together.
Moira is on the executive board of the National Association of Fostering Providers and sits on the various sub-groups with Social Work Scotland.
Moira has extensive experience within Children’s Services having experience in the voluntary, statutory and third sector, across operational and corporate roles.
Moira is clear, although the focus of her work has changed within her different roles, her aim of providing the best possible services for young people has not.
Making a positive difference to the lives of young people and those who care for them is a constant priority.
Moira has been fortunate in being able to contribute to national developments and experience international collaborations.
Passionate about the importance of recognising the impact of trauma, attachment and experiences on all individuals and their care givers and ensuring processes and systems are supportive of all individuals, Moira joined SAIA in 2007 and became a Trustee on the Board of SAIA in 2015.
Catherine Cooke - is a qualified psychologist, person-centred counsellor and supervisor, running her own private practice in Glasgow. She has worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings, including school, youth service settings, the NHS and the voluntary sector. She provides supervisory support to staff groups within organisations. She is also a trained couple’s therapist with additional training in play therapy and family therapy.
Catherine has specialist interests in trauma and attachment and has worked across these fields throughout her career. She has found that the nature of healing from trauma through secure attachment really fits with her relational style of working.
This work has recently been enhanced through training in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy), which brings together her areas of professional interest and investment in attachment based psychological approaches delivering real and long lasting change.
As a member of the board of SAIA, Catherine is delighted to be able to contribute to the work of the Trustees in increasing the organisation’s wider impact. She brings her passion and commitment around attachment’s crucial role in human development and looks forward to meeting and connecting with members and interested attendees at the various events organised by SAIA across Scotland.
Kenny Fulton - Team Leader, CrossReach’s Daisy Chain Early Years Project. I have been working in social care for CrossReach since 2007, originally with adults with learning disabilities. As the team leader at CrossReach’s Daisy Chain Early Years project I have been supporting families in one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Scotland since 2011. It has been my privilege to walk alongside children and families, encouraging parent’s to realise their potential and create an environment which facilitates quality interactions and play in order to strengthen those crucial relationships in the earliest years of life.
With significant experience and insight into the dynamics between cultures, communities and attachment relationships in early years I have a passion to learn from others whilst seeing children get the best possible experiences of love.
I have always had a passion to see children thrive in the face of the most challenging circumstances and to know their worth. This has led me to train in DDP level 1 and use approaches such as Theraplay within after school programmes in Glasgow.
I think it is crucial that all care, education, health and policy should be viewed through the paradigm of love that sees each other as of infinite worth. I joined as a trustee of SAIA in 2018 as I believe strongly in the importance of attachment relationships throughout the lifespan and the HOPE that relationships can heal us and our communities.
Alison MacDonald - Alison was formerly Principal Educational Psychologist in North Lanarkshire and has many years’ experience as a practising educational psychologist.
Following retirement from her full time post, Alison was interim Lead Officer for the Scottish Attainment Challenge in North Lanarkshire and latterly Health and Wellbeing Lead.
Alison’s long standing interests include early intervention and prevention, attachment and resilience, the inclusion of young people with social emotional and behavioural needs, the needs of young people experiencing loss and trauma and the promotion of emotional wellbeing.
Within her various roles, Alison promoted attachment informed practice within schools, establishments and wider children’s services with a particular focus on building the capacity to support children and young people disadvantaged by poverty, loss and trauma. Nurturing relationships as the cornerstone for the promotion of resilience was central to this work.
Alison is committed to developing and supporting psychologically informed policy, systems, culture and practice within children’s services.
As a trustee of SAIA she hopes to contribute more widely to promoting the understanding of attachment as key to enhancing emotional wellbeing.
Gillian Neish - Gillian is a trainer who for more than thirty years has worked with individuals and organisations in all sectors to help them recognise and fulfil their potential.
The focus of her work is power, whether challenging the power inequalities of racism, sexism and the other ‘isms’ or developing personal power through personal development programmes. She has an MSc in Managing Diversity, a PG Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling and has taken part in Dr. Dan Hughes DDP Level 1.
Gillian’s interest in attachment developed because of her own experience. She was born in London and, from just weeks old, was raised by white carers. It was many years before she began to make sense of the effect this has had on her and on her relationships with others and with herself.
“Knowing about attachment theory and the impact of insecure attachment gave me a better understanding of my own vulnerabilities and the way my childhood experience was continuing to influence my adult decisions and behaviours. With that knowledge, I was then able to see that, rather than repeat unhelpful patterns, I had, and could make, more positive choices.
I am excited to be part of SAIA and to be working towards making sure more people, both those directly affected and those who support them, understand the impact of attachment, in childhood and across the life span, and are able to see and make choices that enable them to offer and accept love and to improve the quality of their lives and relationships.“
Margaret-Grace McManus is a foster carer with experience and passion for the principles of attachment and how these can make a positive contribution to the development of children and their families. She is also increasingly interested in how attachment informed practice can support children to learn the skills to build new relationships, and indeed how it can contribute to positive relationships and wellbeing across the life span.
MG has worked in leadership roles across the public sector, including the NHS, Social Work, Children’s Hearings and through Consultancy, with experience in organisational development, business planning, and management of front line services. Her accreditations include an MBA, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. MG has recently completed level 1 training in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy).
She has also previously served on the Boards of West College Scotland, and Quarriers.
MG hopes to bring both her experience as a foster carer and that gained in her professional career to support the work of SAIA and bring a blend of love and practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals and communities.
Corinne Watt is an adoptive parent, and has taken part in Dr Dan Hughes DDP level 1 training in order to enhance her parenting skills. For seven years she ran local events in a voluntary capacity for a charity for adoptive families.
Corinne has a background in mental health nursing, spending many years facilitating therapeutic groups. Her qualifications include a BSc in Health Studies. She was formerly the Mental Health ICP Development Manager for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, with a key role in the implementation of electronic care pathways and patient records. This has given her a particular interest in research and its use in national policy and guideline development.
She has been involved in the creation of several community based charities including the STAR Project. She is a Trustee of Mossvale Community Church and a Director of CairnsMoir Connections.
Finding freelance work more flexible for family life, she currently also is a Peer Co-ordinator for Sewing2gether All Nations, a Sharing Lives Sharing Languages project in association with the Scottish Refugee Council.
Having worked with all age groups in some capacity, Corinne can fully endorse our belief that "Attachment Matters Across the Lifespan".