The Mellow Parenting Team

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From left to right: Archie Dalrymple, Christine Puckering, Ruaridh Malcolm, Rosemary Mackenzie, Raquib Ibrahim, Rachel Tainsh, Kristin O’Neill, Maria O’Neill, Justine Cocozza, Alan McMaster

(1st February 2016)

Rosemary Mackenzie

Rosemary Mackenzie

Chief Executive Officer

Rosemary Mackenzie is the CEO of Mellow Parenting with over thirty years of experience in NHS Administration and the voluntary sector in events/training and management roles.

Rosemary is also involved in a voluntary capacity with the European Board of Paediatric Surgery, administering and invigilating paediatric surgery examinations throughout Europe. This travel allows her to promote Mellow Parenting to differing audiences in major European Cities.

Working with the Mellow Board, her role is to lead the organisation strategically however one of her most important roles is to ensure that healthy edible goodies are regularly brought into the Mellow Office.

Dr Christine Puckering

Dr Christine Puckering

Programme Director

Dr Christine Puckering is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Full Practitioner member of the Division of Neuro-psychology of the British Psychological Society.

She has more than thirty years of experience of working with children and families both in clinical and research positions.

As one of the original authors of the programme, Christine is Programme Director in Mellow Parenting which involves developing new programmes, teaching and supervision. Her strong interest in early infant experience and its effects on the developing child drives all that she does.

She is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the University of Glasgow, Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the Glasgow Caledonia University and also works with PS Partnership (Psychology and Communication Services).

Alan McMaster

Alan McMaster

Development Officer

As Development Officer, Alan is responsible for optimising the reach of Mellow Parenting across the globe in order that families and services can benefit from its content. Working with services to support the delivery of Mellow Parenting programmers to the families they work with, evaluating these programmers and then taking these findings to influence policy and approaches to family work.

He is often seen at conferences and events representing Mellow Parenting, either at our exhibition stands or presenting. Evidence based practice is at the heart of what the organization does, Alan is focused on ensuring that every programme, group and service is confident that the work they are doing is effective. The Mellow Model is a new way that we can support services to deliver interventions and evidence their effectiveness, supporting more families and for a lower cost. Alan was involved in the design of this system and is actively involved in its ongoing roll out.

Alan is creative, dynamic and passionate about supporting families to improve outcomes for children. He has a particular interest in highlighting the benefits a positive male role model can have on child development and raising awareness of the need to engage male carers through current service provision. With a real belief in equality and opportunity for all families, Alan looks to ensure that programmes and services are universally accessible and often looks to address gaps for some of the most marginalized sections of society.

Alan also spent 7 years as a foster carer and is experienced in caring for children with complex emotional needs which has given him an in depth knowledge of child development, as well as the needs of children who are looked after or in substitute care.

Rachel Tainsh

Rachel Tainsh

Project Co-ordinator

Rachel joined Mellow Parenting in January 2015. She has been involved in supporting the development of a number of new Mellow Programmes as well as continuing her role as a Mellow trainer.
In addition to this she coordinates our international work in Moldova and Tajikistan.

Rachel is a trained physiotherapist and in 2001 completed an MSc in Community Disability Studies at the Institute of Child Health in London. Following this she went to live and work in Tajikistan, Central Asia where she was based for 9 years.

She gained experience setting up and managing Community Based Rehabilitation projects for and with children with disabilities and their families. On return to the UK she worked with the international organisation HealthProm as a project manager focusing on deinstitutionalisation of vulnerable children particularly babies and toddlers.

Currently Rachel is coordinating the development of Mellow Ability a new programme that aims to support parents and their children with additional support needs enjoy resilient, emotionally thriving family lives.

Rachel is passionate about the importance of good quality Early Childhood Development and sees it is a key foundation for sustainable development.

Raquib Ibrahim

Raquib Ibrahim

Evaluation Officer

Raq is extremely passionate about the early years as it is where the Mellow journey begins influencing who we become and which path we go down in life. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Children and Young People Mental Health. He has over 8 years’ experience in working with vulnerable children and young adults with learning disabilities within Scotland. He is also a father himself and has a particular interest in early father-child attachment, as he believes a secure attachment early in life can provide greater resilience in later stages of development.

Now as Evaluation Officer for Mellow Parenting, Raq is responsible for implementing the Research and Evaluation Strategy. He works closely with professionals and academics in the UK and overseas to evaluate the Mellow Family of Parenting Programmes using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. In addition to this, he is responsible for identifying potential research opportunities and building relationships with universities and professionals who have an interest in early intervention and research. Sharing knowledge and disseminating data from the research via publications and national/international conferences is also central to his role, as well as delivering seminars/workshops on the importance of evaluating parenting programmes and the methods used to effectively conduct and report the findings with a focus on child and parent outcomes.

Kristin O’Neill

Kristin O’Neill

Programme Support Officer

Kristin O’Neill is the Programme Support Officer, assisting with the development of new Mellow Programmes and supporting services who are running current programmes. She is also a Mellow Trainer, delivering training in Going Mellow, Mellow Bumps and Mellow Futures.

Kristin is a registered Midwife who graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University and also has previous project management experience in Spinal Injury.

Through her experience as a Midwife and also being a mum to five children herself, she is a strong advocate of good parent-child attachment and also of the opportunity to develop such bonds being available to everyone from the time of pregnancy, rather than just from birth, particularly more vulnerable parents.

Archie Dalrymple

Archie Dalrymple

Finance Officer

Archie has over 30 years experience working in the 3rd, Public & Private Sectors.

In his role as Finance Officer Archie is responsible for paying the bills and getting the money in, amongst other things.

Maria O’Neill

Maria O’Neill

Administrator

Maria has over twenty years experience in the public sector focussing on providing support for community services especially adult education and youth work.

Maria’s great sense of humour and skill ensures the smooth running of the general office on a day to day basis.

As Administrator with responsibility for training, Maria organises and ensures the smooth delivery of our training programmes, providing ongoing support to Staff and Practitioners alike.

Ruaridh Malcolm

Ruaridh Malcolm

Evaluation Assistant

Ruaridh graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2013 with honours in psychology and from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Counselling Studies.

His role within Mellow is to assist with research and the evaluation of programmes. He has also taken on the task of increasing the number of terrible puns heard in the office. However, he will primarily be looking to develop the evidence base for all programmes by staying in close contact with Mellow groups, stressing the importance of evaluation and delivering with fidelity, and assisting in the collection and analysis of data.

Trish Dunlop

Trish Dunlop

Programme Assistant

Trish Dunlop is Project Assistant supporting development work on Mellow Futures and Mellow Ready.

Trish is an experienced trainer with wide experience in sexual health and relationships. She has worked with a range of professionals and parents in different settings to support them to talk to children and young people about growing up, relationships and sexual health and wellbeing.

Trish has also delivered sexual health and relationships courses to adults with learning disabilities and parents with learning disabilities.

She has experience of working with parents of children in early years.

Trish has project management experience in both the voluntary and public sector.

Office Assistant

Aigli Raouna

Aigli Raouna

Research Assistant

Aigli is passionate about bringing research and clinical practice a step closer. She is particularly interested in the early risk of offspring of parents with complex psychopathology and in early intervention/prevention strategies. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Athens in Psychology with hounours and in 2016 from the University of Edinburgh with distinction in the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice MSc.

As research assistant in Mellow Parenting she is involved in an exciting opportunity to evaluate the outcomes of the Mellow Babies programme for Mums and Dads in the UK. This research project will provide a holistic view of the effectiveness of the programme and its findings will have an impact to both future research and practice, with a common aim to provide parents with a high-quality intervention programme.

Sharon Kinloch

Sharon Kinloch

Voluntary Administrative Assistant

Sharon Kinloch is a voluntary admin assistant working two afternoons a week for Mellow Parenting.

Her background includes working within the NHS and Education Department. Sharon is also a Group Scout Leader and recently was awarded the medal of merit for outstanding service to the Scout Association.

Some of her main responsibilities include Mellow Bumps materials, practitioners’ certificates and working on the Mellow Intranet.