Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
has become a household name for many people in Scotland and the UK, due to her dynamic contributions to the documentary film Resilience. A dedicated paediatrician, her approach to practicing medicine changed dramatically when she discovered the ACE Study. Her passion led her to found the Centre for Youth Wellness in San Francisco in 2015. She will serve as our headline speaker at this two-day event, sharing with us her experience in disseminating the message of toxic stress to the public. We so look forward to hearing the lessons she has learned and to welcoming her, for the first time ever, to Scotland.
If you would like to hear Nadine talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime
describes himself first and foremost as husband to Anita, dad to Laura and Rachel, and now papa to Georgia. Along the way he was also, for 39 years, a police officer working in Strathclyde Police, until his retiral in February 2013. John Carnochan has been a leading force for change in Scotland since 2005, when he established (alongside colleague Karyn McCluskey) the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. The SVRU were amongst the first to begin boosting awareness of ACES amongst the Scottish public. John will be contributing to the event by reflecting on that decade of ACES effort.
If you would like to hear John talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdksONSGCjQ
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is by training a research scientist and developmental psychologist, and was based for 20 years at the University of Dundee. Since 2011, she has worked with the public, disseminating an understanding of the science of connection – and why we all need more emotional connection in our lives. She has become of the leading advocates for ACE-Awareness and attachment-led practice in Scotland and beyond. She will be contributing to the event by reflecting on the key challenges that Scotland will need to tackle in our aim to become an ACE-Aware Nation.
If you would like to hear Suzanne talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur8BRS3ewts
Sir Harry Burns
served as Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer for 9 years (2005 – 2014). It was he who, arguably, first awoke Scotland to the pressing problem of our children’s distress. ACES were at the core of his message to the thousands of people he spoke to publicly during his tenure. “We will not solve our obesity problems or reduce our smoking rates simply through public health initiatives. We will do this by thinking about the way we love our children.” Sir Harry has become a beloved figure throughout Scotland because of his insistence on the power of love. There could be no one more appropriate to be speaking on the platform at this event.
Updates on Sir Harry’s current activities at Strathclyde University, as Professor of Global Public Health, can be found on www.strath.ac.uk/research/internationalpublicpolicyinstitute/sirharryburns/.
If you would like to hear Sir Harry Burns talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEh3JG74C6s
is the founder of ReAttachment, a social enterprise that aims to raise awareness of attachment and how it influences the behaviour of all our young people. Tina spent 16 years as a police officer working in one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow – followed by new levels of on-the-job training when she became a kinship carer to two traumatised girls. Her experiences in parenting her girls led her to found ReAttachment, as a way of disseminating her knowledge more widely. She has become one of the leading voices in Scotland for the Adverse Childhood Experiences Movement, seeking to ensure that the voices of those with lived experiences of ACES are widely heard. She will be contributing to this two-day event by highlighting the importance of Scottish communities in receiving and being able to act on ACEs insights.
If you would like to hear Tina talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: http://reattachparenting.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SUMMERMag-Page12-13-Reattachment.pdf
is the Headteacher of Burnside Primary, located in Carnoustie, Angus. Alongside his staff, Nicky has been working hard to place relationships, attachment and ACE-Awareness at the centre of the school’s approach to education and community leadership. The school has gained a reputation as a creative and cutting-edge thinker, through blogging about their innovative changes in practice, including meeting families at the school gates every single morning, ensuring staff feel confident in their understanding of relational neuroscience, and ensuring children have plenty of oxytocin and laughter scattered through their day. Nicky will contribute to the day by describing what has motivated such changes in their daily practice and explaining how it has transformed the community that Burnside Primary serves.
If you would like to hear Nicky talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/an/burnsideprimaryschool/?p=753
is Acting Director for Children 1st
, Scotland’s national children’s charity. Children 1st
has taken a leading role in trauma prevention and recovery for young people and families across Scotland. They have placed trauma awareness at the centre of their organisation’s values, service delivery and policy efforts. Mary Glasgow will contribute to the event by providing insights into the practical steps that Children 1st
has taken to reform their organisation so that they are best placed as a leader helping Scotland to become more robustly trauma-informed.
If you would like to hear Mary talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.children1st.org.uk/blog/resilience-starts-with-relationships/
has become one of the leading voices in Scotland when it comes to describing what it is like to live a childhood filled with violence and neglect. The power of his story is based in the fact that he tells it with total compassion and non-judgement – and he asks the same courage of his listeners. James has brought his insights to his work with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, helping them to shape their work with gangs, familes and communities. He will contribute to this event by ensuring that children’s pain stays at the forefront of our thinking. We will all act with more determination for change after hearing James’ story.
If you would like to hear James talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z291kqjKMo
is Director of TIGERS Ltd. Since taking up a leading role in the company, Pauline has worked hard to ensure relationships occupy a central role in the values, practice, policies and vision of the business. Her team’s enthusiastic embrace of the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences has led her to believe in the power of this information to transform not only the lives of young people but also the wider business community. It is for that reason that she embrace the opportunity to co-host this event. She will contribute as a speaker by setting out a vision for an ACE-Aware Scotland.
If you would like to hear Pauline talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUPWp8ngTiA
, known affectionately as ‘The Real David Cameron’, is a leading commentator on education. His passionate argument that care is a strategy for attainment makes his interests of direct relevance to an event on Adverse Childhood Experiences. His experience as a teacher, a senior manager in schools, and most recently as Director of Children’s Services for Stirling Council enable him to bring insights as to the changes that are needed to achieve societal transformation. Consistently described as “inspiring”, David Cameron will be helping attendees reflect on the key change that are needed for cultural shifts.
If you would like to hear David talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg_SaWQ7WPE
is well-known throughout Scotland for his skills as Master of Ceremonies. As founder of Gary Robinson Communications, he has worked with a range of sectors, from radio to education to commerce, helping them to communicate their message with panache and style. His interest in supporting young people to achieve their potential is at the core of his work, which makes his commitment to the success of this two-day event particularly strong. He will be contributing by ensuring we keep the energy high and everything running to time!
If you would like to hear Gary talking about why ACE awareness matters to them, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLjj0lKD4Os