We have four members of staff work who from our main office at the Birnie Centre at Raigmore Hospital and our additional office base at The Pines, Drummond Road, Inverness.
After starting her career teaching English, most of Christian's working life has been in the third sector, always in work with children, young people and families. She has worked in various development, training and management roles for a range of organisations, including as Education Officer for a youth training project in Nottingham and for WWF Scotland; Principal Officer (Scotland) for Save the Children Fund, and as first Director of a residential youth centre on Iona. She also spent a couple of happy years driving a playbus in Glasgow early in her career and still has a passion for playbuses! Christian has worked with CHIP since 2005. She lives on the Black Isle with her husband, has two grown-up children, and loves being outdoors in wild places, music and cooking for friends.
Karen has been working as an Information and support officer with CHIP+ since 2009. Having qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1992 she has worked in a variety of roles within the childcare sector from private Nanny to Crèche Manager. Having really enjoyed the chance to work with children with additional support needs and their families through these different roles when the position as Information & Support officer with CHIP+ was advertised, she jumped at the opportunity. She feels her role is very diverse and gives her the chance to support the families in a variety of different ways; one day is never the same as the next, an element of the role she really enjoys.
During her holidays and weekends she enjoys her family time going on picnics, swimming, walks and travelling.
After a career break to look after her three children, Karen Macknight started work for CHIP eight years ago. As a parent/carer herself, Karen can understand the issues faced by families when they contact CHIP. Being the admin and support officer, each day is varied which is an aspect of her role that Karen enjoys. Outside of work, Karen likes reading, cooking and ice-skating.
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