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Name:
Alisdair Barron MBE
Title:
Chief Executive & Executive President of Copii in Dificultate
Department:
Operations
Location:
Glasgow
Alisdair had a career as an HR professional and Director in industries as diverse as brewing, avionics, premier league football and the NHS in Scotland   Throughout his career he has maintained an interest in the care, education and development of disadvantaged children and young people with disabilities, particularly Autistic Spectrum Disorders. He is the longest serving member of the juvenile justice system in Scotland and  the Vice-Chair of the Board of City of Glasgow College the newest and largest college of further education in Scotland . He inspires  the teams delivering  innovative care projects for thousands of Romania's children abandoned as being chronically, incurably or terminally ill, touched by HIVAIDS or living the daily challenge of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. In 2006, Alisdair was honored for service to the "forgotten"  children of the Balkans Contact Alisdair on 0141 5595695 or email abarron@childrenindistress.org.uk
Name:
May Biggam
Title:
Funding Development Manager CID UK
Department:
Operation's Support
Location:
Glasgow
May’s long and very successful career include roles as PA Secretary. in alcohol and drugs counselling,   events management, fundraising, membership development and visitor liaison with  both the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Her interest in the arts led to active participation in Glasgow’s famed  Apollo Players  and  roles in numerous amateur production as diverse West Side Story and Sweet Charity. May is acutely aware of the challenges and needs faced by the incurably  and terminally ill children cared for by Children in Distress in its hospices and community programmes and bring a lifetime of experience to finding the funds needed to give them the care they deserve. She  is  on mission and would welcome  the help and support of the charity friends and supporters knowing what can be achieved by working together. May would welcome your call on 0141 559 5693 or email her at may.biggam@childrenindistress.org.uk       
Name:
Christina Borza
Title:
Administrator CIDRo
Department:
Copii in Dificultate
Location:
Bucharest
  Christina Borza is key to the administration  of the charity in Romania , she joined the team over nine years ago having studied law today as CIDRo’s Administrator she handles all aspects finance, purchasing and administration .She is the essential link between the Directors and Romania’s burgeoning social care bureaucracy. Christina is the right handoff the charity’s Vice-Presidinte and Regional Director and has been affectionately christened CID’s“Keeper of the Faxes”.    
Name:
Tina Connelly
Title:
Administrator
Location:
Glasgow
A new member of the CID team in Glasgow is Tina Connelly. Tina joined in September 2015 having returned to work after surgery and a long period of post recuperation. Previously,  Tina’s career has included working in the banking industry and with social work services. In her most recent post she spent seven years as an administrator for another community based children’s charity near her home in Glasgow. She has bought a wealthy of knowledge in administrations and is blessed with a high attention to detail and is never deterred from learning the operations of new computer software. Since joining the charity she has honed her skills by quickly picking up the intricacies of the charity’s the donor database system and revamped the charity’s child sponsors newsletter and acquired new design skills using Publisher and Adobe design Tina has a large family and is blessed with nine grandchildren and a long suffering partner. After Easter Tina will pay a familiarisation visit to projects across Romania and looks forward to knowing not only the projects and meeting the children she has already learned so much about.
Name:
Sandra Kinloch
Title:
Administator CID UK
Department:
Administration and Finance
Location:
Glasgow
Sandra joins the Charity bringing a wealth of experience built up in a lifelong career as a senior secretary in Local government and retail. Latterly, Sandra provided secretarial and administrative support to the local Community Councils throughout the City of Glasgow   she has wide experience in working with and helping volunteers. Contact Sandra on 0141 559 5693 or email her on sandra.kinloch@childrenindistress.org.uk
Name:
Paul Kubaszky
Title:
Regional Director & Vice-Presedinte CIDRo
Department:
Copii in Dificultate
Location:
Bucharest
A graduate economist and highly experienced finance director, latterly business entrepreneur and consultant, Paul had an exceptional career and played a key role in the modernisation and development of the power generation industry in both Romania and Iran. In 1990, he first set his talents to ensuring the success of Children in Distress projects and was instrumental in delivering projects in Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia and in Romania. Without Paul and his network of contacts and exceptional administrative ability Copii in Dificultate would not be the success it is today.
Name:
Jane Russell
Title:
Funding Development Manager North and Midlands
Department:
Operation's Support
Location:
Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire
With long and distinguished career as a Personal Assistant, Secretary and gifted Administrator in  education, commerce  and industry. Jane long since successfully master the challenge of being a very active working mum and doting grandmother . She also plays  a very active role in the local Kirkbymoorside community. Jane has single handedly pioneered the development of grassroots support for the charity across the North of England.   Contact Jane at janerussell@childrenindistress.org.uk or call on 01751 432089 or 07775 695611
Name:
Caroline Wilkie
Title:
Funding Development Manager(North)
Department:
Fundraising
Location:
Pickering
Caroline Wilkie recently joined the CID team to take over as Funding Development Manager in the North of England, a role which she will fit into her already hectic schedule as an active mum. Caroline, who lives in Pickering, thrives on the challenge of juggling a career with a very busy family, social and sporting life, caring for her husband Paul and their three children Thomas, Isabell and Georgina.  Caroline, relishes the challenges ahead. After a career in account management, recruitment and most recently in schools as an Examination Manager, she hopes to bring the skills and experience  gained to build on the tremendous legacy of grass-roots support  built up in the local community. 
Name:
Gillian Wilson
Title:
Thrift Shop Manager
Department:
Charity Thrift Shops
Location:
Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire
Gill, the charity’s most recently appointed thrift shop manager, recently joined the team having gained a wealth of experience as a volunteer and latterly assistant in Kirkbymoorside’s other charity shop. She managed the shop upgrade and opening presides over a very successful shop that has been taken to the heart of the community. Gill with her ever warm welcome and winning personality runs a very successful shop, whilst still developing her volunteer team and being a very busy mum.
Name:
Valentina Zaharia
Title:
Exective Director & Project Director St Margaret's Complex
Department:
Copii in Dificultate
Location:
St Margaret's Bucharest
Valentina is a graduate social worker, who joined Children in Distress in1998 and is the inspiration for many of the charity's projects and programmes delivered from St Margaret's Care Complex. In her wider role as Executive Director,she was instrumental in achieving full National Authority for Child Protection registration for all of Copii in Dificultate's projects and she has organised the Charity's acclaimed Autism Conference programme. She sponors the drive ot develop progammes that meet theneed of the terminally and incuribly ill , desitute and disavantagedand work tirelessly to champion their cause  Vali would welocme your call on 0044212193121 or you can emial on vali@cid.org.ro

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