Our Team

Staff Members

Patricia Kent

Manager

Patricia first joined CYP as the Head of Hospitality in 2014, to help oversee the development of our social enterprises. Prior to this, she had gained many years of experience working in the hospitality sector. During her time with the organisation, Trisha has become more heavily involved in the delivery of both the vocational and youth service elements of our work. She is now our in-house Internal verifier and as our SQA Centre Coordinator she oversees our delivery of SQA-accredited qualifications. Trisha became the manager of CYP in early 2020, so enjoyed quite the baptism of fire through multiple Covid lockdowns. On top of this, she has overseen the expansion of CYP social enterprises through the addition of our new luxury glamping pods.

Alasdair Macdonald

Assistant Manager

Alasdair arrived at CYP in January 2019 in a youth worker role. A psychology graduate, Alasdair has previous experience working with young people in residential care and volunteering with mental health charities. Since his arrival, he has been (reluctantly) expanding his hospitality experience in order to complete his Assessor qualification. He is now working through his Internal Verifier qualification and continues to help deliver CYP's youth and employability provision.

Jack Wardrope

Youth Worker

A former pupil of McLaren High School, Jack joined CYP in August 2019 as a Modern Apprentice in Hospitality and Outdoor Adventure Tourism. Jack quickly settled into the post and completed his Hospitality MA in March 2020, along with a variety of outdoor courses. Jack demonstrated a natural ability for youth work, and after becoming involved in the delivery of our youth clubs he stayed with the organisation to complete a Modern Apprenticeship in Youth Work. He now works in a full time role as part of our youth team. Jack's goal is to visit every country in Europe and so far he has managed 15.

Laura Kearney

Fundraising co-ordinator

Laura works for CYP 1 day a week applying for funding for the charity. With over 15 years of experience writing bids and funding applications, Laura brings a valued skillset to the team, helping to ensure the continued success of CYP.

Mark Nicols

Hospitality Assessor (Chef Training)

Mark has been the owner of Scott’s Bistro at Tigh Mor for almost 20 years. His experience in the hospitality sector allows him to lead our Catering for the Future sessions for local young people. Already an experienced chef, Mark has now completed his Assessor qualification with CYP, allowing him to support our delivery of SVQ units. Mark is part of the Killin Mountain Rescue team and also the Ski Patrol at Glencoe. Mark was nominated as Callander's Citizen of the Year in 2022, thanks to his various voluntary efforts around town and preparing meals for vulnerable residents during lockdowns.

Trustees

James Fraser, MA DipTP. MTS.

Honorary President

James is a qualified planner and a tourism specialist with a lifetime’s experience in tourism having held senior positions with tourist boards for almost 30 years.  He was Chief Executive of Tourist Boards and VisitScotland Regional Director, covering the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and a wider area from 1983 to 2006, after spending spells with tourist bodies covering the Thames & Chilterns and Grampian Region. He owns and manages a self-catering holiday business with his wife in the Cairngorms National Park, is CEO and a Trustee at Steamship Sir Walter Scott, Chair of Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre. Hon President of Callander Youth Project and a member of the Destination National Park Group.

Mark Griffiths

Chairman

Mark is a retired Chartered Accountant who has lived in Callander for over 20 years and has four grown up children, who went to school locally, and 3 grandchildren who led to his interest in helping young people develop. Mark joined CYP as a Trustee in 2015 and became Chair in 2018. Mark's career in business has spanned diverse sectors of the economy from the Drinks industry to Construction via hi-tech Manufacturing and White Goods. He spent 14 years at Balfour Beatty in a number of senior roles, latterly as Managing Director of their Power Systems operations. He is also Chair of Rural Stirling Housing Association. He is a keen rugby fan, enjoys walking in the local countryside, listening to rock music and is an enthusiastic motorist.

William Miller

Vice Chair

Bill has been associated with CYP since 2001, predominantly in a support role as a local authority representative. Having worked in the Voluntary Sector, Local Government and Public Health during his working career, Bill has a broad range of experiences that enable him to make an effective contribution to the organisation. Bill specializes in Youth Work and Health Promotion and has been involved with developmental work nationally and internationally. Bill is also Chair of Youth Scotland and PLUS Forth Valley. In addition to his trustee role, Bill lends his experience around the site completing a variety of repairs and maintenance. He has also completed a variety of renovation projects, including the creation of our art room and outdoor shelter.

Mark Everett

Trustee

Mark ran his own civil engineering and building business for over 30 years, before retiring in 2011. He is a former chairman of trustees at the UK-based Lighthouse Construction Industry charity and shareholder in the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey centre. Mark moved to Callander in 1999 and for several years, he and his wife ran a successful B&B in the town. Mark is now enjoying his second spell as a trustee with CYP and lends his experience to our capital projects.

Gael Robertson

Trustee

Gael grew up in the local area and her very first involvement with CYP came as a senior pupil at McLaren High School. She was part of a group who were trying to source funding to support young people in the area. Gael went on to work in education and she is now the principle teacher at Kippen Primary. She joined CYP’s Board of Trustees around 7 years ago and has enjoyed playing an active role in supporting our work. On occasion, she has even been known to get behind the bar to help out with events and functions!

Marc Fleming

Trustee

Marc has enjoyed serving McLaren High School and its wider community as Headteacher since August 2013. Previously he was the Depute Headteacher at Dalziel High School in Motherwell. His teaching career began in Galashiels Academy as Teacher of Home Economics in 1997. He is passionate about equality, fairness and respect and has an unshakeable belief that all students - regardless of background - have an absolute entitlement to the best possible opportunities.

Brian Williams

Trustee

Brian is a former work based learning manager for Scotland’s Rural College and has experience in the delivery of land based further education including SVQ’s/National Certificates and Higher National Certificates. Brian has a strong interest around social inclusion and expanding further education and practical skills training to disadvantaged individuals and groups. As well as his trustee role, Brian comes in a couple of times a week to look after the garden and outdoor spaces at CYP. Through this, he works 1-1 with some of our young people to help teach them the basics of gardening.