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!
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.
For many years I was Global Property Director of GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric. Upon returning to Scotland in 2006 I was appointed Estates Director at the University of Dundee, a post I held until the end of 2014. I now work part-time as an independent mediator, supporting various organisations and the Sheriff Courts.
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.