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.
Sarah has been working as Chief Officer for CHIP+ since July 2017. She has worked in education and for the NHS, but feels most at home within the third sector. She has had both Project Worker and Management roles in young people's health and well-being services and worked as a Health Improvement Practitioner supporting services to be young person friendly and accessible. She enjoys seeing the hugely positive impact services like CHIP+ can have on people's lives. Outside of work Sarah enjoys drinking tea, eating cake, and spending time outdoors with her husband and son in the beautiful Cairngorms and beyond. Her dream is to have a van for family adventures in the Highlands.
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.
Catherine comes from a background in Social work and for the last ten years has worked for third sector organisations supporting families who have a child with additional needs. She started work with CHIP in 2013.
Catherine really enjoys being able to use her skills to try and ensure parents and carers have access to good quality information and support at the time they require it and that they are able to challenge the system when necessary.
As a former carer, Catherine has an understanding of the issues carers can face.
In her free time, Catherine really enjoys the freedom of the summer to go away in the camper van and see new places and, in the winter, being cosy by the open fire, with a good book or film to watch and the family cat curled up on her lap!
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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