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Relational Leadership

Invited guests:
Steve Slessor, Regional Director, Morrison Construction
Mike Stevenson, Founder & Director of Thinktastic

The grassroots ACEs Movement in Scotland has worked hard to keep relationships at the centre of its message.  The harm created by ACEs occurs within relationships, and so does recovery from it.  What does it look like when an appreciation of the importance of relationships is reflected in organisational leadership?  Please join us as two Scottish business leaders reflect on how they have used their knowledge of trauma to shape the way they lead their organisations. 


International Perspectives on ACEs

Invited guests:
Elizabeth Perry, ACEs Canada
Marianne Vanderveen-Kolkena, ACE Aware Netherlands

The ACES Movement originated in the USA, picking up speed as the millennium has progressed.  Following key moments, such as the establishment of the ACES Connection site in 2012, the TED Talk delivered by Dr Nadine Burke Harris in 2014, and the release of the documentary film Resilience by KPJR films in 2016, the movement has expanded internationally.  Please join us to hear from leading voices in two other countries about their motivation for establishing a national ACES presence.


Memorial Conversation for Tina Hendry, Scottish ACEs Campaigner

Invited guests:
Karyn McCluskey, CEO Community Justice Scotland
Jade Kilkenny, Friend

Tina Hendry has been one of Scotland’s most vocal ACEs Campaigners.  She was talking about adverse childhood experiences long before there was a Scottish ACES movement, and she had a massive impact on the spread of awareness of ACEs science across the country.  She brought both professional knowledge of trauma, from her time as a police officer, and also personal knowledge, as a kinship carer.  Tina’s death in February 2020 from cancer came as a great loss to the Scottish ACEs community.  This Conversation is intended as a memorial to her.  We will hear from those who worked with her, who benefitted from her kindness and who joined her in her efforts to educate the public about ACEs.  The photo we have chosen features the badge that carries her signature quote: “Poor outcomes are not inevitable.”  This quote badge was amongst other badges at the 2018 ACE Aware Nation Conference, and images of that badge appeared across social media to mark her passing. It seems very fitting to feature it as the image for this memorial event.