Meet the Team
All of our Head Office staff have a background in specialist residential childcare, training and consultancy, working with children who have behavioural issues and the staff teams who care for them. They are committed to excellence and the advancement of success through personal development.
These guys are the newest addition to the Common Thread team and are looking forward to spending time with our young people, taking walks or just visiting the house for a while!
Julie Joseph OBE BA (Hons) MSc, RDMP Registered Movement Psychotherapist Chief Executive Officer
With a career in childcare beginning in the late 1980’s Julie has enjoyed a varied range of care and business experience and created Common Thread in 2004. In Common Thread she has invested in a highly talented team all of who have a passion for residential childcare.
Julie is a qualified Dance Movement Psychotherapist working in education as well as Common Thread. Her specialism is adolescents with behavioral issues working within a trauma model (Sensorimotor psychotherapy level 1). She has presented her work at conferences in the UK and Europe. She has recently published in 2 books, Handbook of Musical Identity, Oxford Press and Dance Movement Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Routlege. Julie is presently working on her PhD at Edge Hill University, looking at the use of Dance Movement Psychotherapy with adolescent with symptoms of depression, the results of which have been accepted as part of a Cochrane review into adolescent depression. Julie is also trained in the discipline of Authentic Movement, a practice which is fundamental to her own work.
Arlene Kyle BSc MSc Managing Director
Arlene Kyle has twenty years’ experience working in health and social care settings, ten of these years are management and leadership experience within children, young people and families sector. Arlene has had operational management and Head of Service responsibility for a diverse range of services including youth justice intensive support services, housing support, children’s residential and respite services, community outreach, addictions, carers and young carers, children’s rights, family support services, enhanced clinical care, acquired brain injury services and fostering and family placement. Arlene has a BSc Honours in Psychology and a MSc in Forensic Psychology. Arlene is passionate about children and young people having a ‘good life’ and promotes models of work, approaches and a positive mindset that supports this ethos.
Martin Evan - Finance Director/Chairman
Martin Evans, Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (part time) has more than 30 successful years experience at Board level across a range of industries. For the last seven years he has been providing consultancy services to predominantly the public sector. Having established the Carevisions Group to be the premier private provider of residential childcare in Scotland he consulted to a number of Local Authorities and Central Government on young people in care. Martin fervently believes that success is only achieved by empowering all to maximise their potential. This philosophy has been particularly crucial in ensuring the positive outcome for young people in the care of organisations he has been involved in.
Ray Alexander Head of Care
Ray Alexander’s career in supporting people started over 30 years ago. Having worked with both the English and Scottish Prison Services, where he was successful in obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies and was a facilitator for COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
In 2008 working along with the Police, he was the lead counselor for the NSPCC in a major child abuse enquiry in Jersey. Following on from there, he has worked with both the statutory and private providers using his skills in assisting both young people and adults.
Before joining Common Thread, he was the Operations Manager for a large independent childcare provider.
In addition to this Ray is also qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and has been a practice teacher for Paisley University. In his role of Head of Care, Ray believes that all young people should be given the opportunities to be listened to and then supported in participating in all that Common Thread do.
Jill Edgar - Education Co-Ordinator
Jill joined August 2017 as Education Co-Ordinator after working in the housing, homelessness, support and care sector in a variety of roles for almost 25 years.
Jill’s career started in Dumfries and Galloway as a Housing Officer where she gained valuable experience working in front line services. Her roles have taught her of the importance of providing person-centered services to individuals.
Outside work Jill studied housing and graduated from Glasgow University with a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Studies as well as completing an SVQ 4 in Health & Social Care.
Jill feels incredibly privileged to have been appointed Education Co-Ordinator with Common Thread. She has a strong commitment to young people with a real focus on ensuring they have a great experience whenever they access our services.
Wendy McQueen – Finance Manager
After graduating from Strathclyde University with a BA in Business Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy Wendy joined a local firm where she provided financial accounting support services to local businesses. After taking time out to raise her 2 sons, Wendy returned to work part time in the finance department of a local company. When the opportunity arose to use her knowledge to assist the Directors of Common Thread set up the financial procedures in the first months of operation, little did she realise that she would still be here 11 years later. Wendy believes it has been an honour to be involved at the beginning of Common Thread in 2005 and to have been part of its growth to become one of the leading providers within the sector. Wendy tells us ‘being part of the senior management team, working alongside like minded individuals who share a vision to put our children and young people first in everything we do and ensuring the best possible outcomes for their future, has been inspirational’.
Margaret Anne Haggarty - Referral Manager
Margaret Anne joined Common Thread early September 2016 following 7 years practising as a Child Care and Child Protection Social Worker for the local authority. Margaret Anne qualified as a social worker in 2009 and has over 15 years experience in the field of social care, including working in residential and secure care environments. Margaret Anne has a particular interest in the mental health of young people and is looking forward to not only sharing her knowledge and experience, but to expanding her own learning with Common Thread.
Mark Joseph BSc (Hons) NLP Master Practitioner
Prior to joining Common Thread Mark had gained experiences in a range of areas from the Royal Australian Navy to the Ski Industry. He has also spent time in the training role and information management. He trained as an NLP Master Practitioner and gives our care teams an initial level of NLP skills. We have found this to be useful to them in personal stress management and self-reflective insight.
Mark is most interested in ensuring Common Thread’s resources are well managed and IT systems run smoothly.
Joe Nee - Independent Consultant Psychologist
Joe Nee needs very little introduction given his long association with the sector and his impressive professional reputation.
Joe began his career as a teacher, then lecturer before training as an educational psychologist. Over the years he has worked with the majority of local authorities and some of the prisons in Scotland, England and Ireland, Voluntary organizations in The UK and Ireland and the Scottish Government.
We know Joe is hugely proud of his association with the police which includes working as a trainer and consultant to the National Police Child Protection Training Programme, the Strathclyde Police Protection Programme, The Joint Investigative Interview Training for Strathclyde, Stirling/Falkirk and Northern Police and Social Work Departments.
Working directly with clients or in training or consultancy roles he has a vast experience in areas such as fostering and adoption, child protection and sexual aggression, children and family work, attachment and the list goes on!
As an advisor to Common Thread’s Board Joe’s invaluable knowledge, insight and passion helps ensure the companies continued development of quality services for young people and support for those who work with them. As well as adding his own unique style to our organisations rich culture.
Dr Michael Paterson, Non- Executive Director
Michael has worked with Common Thread for the last seven years as the facilitator of our creative supervision groups. Michael, a psychotherapist, is a consultant to NHS Education for Scotland and co-architect of the Scottish Government backed Values-based Reflective Practice initiative, which is widely in use within the health and social care sector. He is additionally Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision & Reflective Practice and author of four books and many published articles. When not working, Michael is likely to be found roaming (and often lost) on the Scottish or French hillsides.
Heather Baird: Art Psychotherapist
Heather started her career in social work, working across England and in Scotland, for 20 years, supporting vulnerable young people.
Heather believes that understanding ourselves more fully lets us engage better in the world and respond to the challenges it presents. She began using art materials to explore her own personal journey, this led to formal training in art and design, opening the door to a professional qualification in art psychotherapy.
As a qualified therapist Heather works with individuals of all ages. She observes that using art materials, within the safe parameters of a therapeutic relationship, can make it possible for individuals to explore those thoughts and feelings which are otherwise difficult to talk or even think about, and through this process personal understanding and growth is possible.