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The Team
DAY1...Creating community glue

DAY1 is a company limited by guarantee and has approved charity status.

There are three full time directors and a full time co-ordinator. Other people with suitable skill-sets and ideas for helping to develop DAY1 are invited on to the board as required.

The Team consists of:

Founder members
Board members
Social Enterprise Co-ordinator
Training personnel

DAY1 was first conceived by Robert Murray and Ed Ley-Wilson while huddled in their rain and wind lashed tent in southern Patagonia in 2005. Their journey was an unsupported 400 km sea kayaking adventure in this, one of the wildest and most remote parts of the planet.

The extreme nature of their time in southern Patagonia got them thinking about setting up a social enterprise back home (what else can you do when trapped in a tent in the middle of nowhere?) and DAY1 was the result.

A brief outline of the team

Robert R. Murray, M.A. (Hons); C.A.
An entrepreneur and chartered accountant. Qualifying with Deloitte & Touche, he has worked in London, Africa and France for Shell International before returning to the Highlands in 1988 to start up and build a number of businesses.

Robert was chairman of his local school board and is currently also a member of the Ardmore Partnership set up in 2004 to pioneer social enterprise activity in the Highlands.

One of his passions is to see the rekindling of an enterprising ‘can do’ culture within Scottish communities. He believes that engendering the spirit of economic self reliance through work and ambition are the building blocks to move from a position of social difficulty, to a state of spiritual, as well as, material well being. Day1 is a modest attempt to help young people kick-start their adult lives

Ed Ley-Wilson, B.A. (Hons) Anthropology;

With a working background of farming, manufacturing and service business in the north west coast of the Highlands, Ed is now a self employed businessman who, together with his wife, runs a niche Recruitment Consultancy business based in Inverness but operating throughout Scotland.

Ed’s voluntary activities have included acting as Chair of the Stratherrick & Foyers Community Trust, of a local Environmental charity and of a highly proactive and successful Highland School Board. The latter included founding and chairing a group of 80 Highland School Boards who came together to win extra funding for Highland Education from the Scottish Executive. He has also worked extensively with using the outdoor environment for young people’s personal development.

He is a firm advocate of Mentoring as an effective tool for helping young people to help themselves. With ten years of DAY1 experience to date, his focus remains on ensuring Scotland’s disadvantaged young people have opportunities to fulfil their potential, to get into work and to become net contributors to society.


Corrin Henderson B.A. M.Sc.
Corrin comes from a background in international business management. He has managed a UK export company, a recreational sports company in the USA and has founded and run a military training company in Australia for three years and a commercials production company in London.

A unique life experience participating on a 3-month youth expedition to Borneo, and a subsequent involvement as a selector of candidates on future expeditions, gave Corrin a passion for youth development.

Working as a social care worker for the Highland Council in a residential home for young people, Corrin has gained an insight into some of the problems encountered by young people today. He is excited by the opportunities which Day1 provides, not only for the young participants to unlock their true potential, but also for the wider community cohesion that results from bringing mentors and young people together.

Mr Jim Steven
Started teaching in 1983 at Fortrose Academy. Appointed Principal teacher of Maths at Eyemouth High school in the Borders in 1987. Moved back to Highlands in 1993 as Assistant Head teacher at Plockton High school.
Was seconded to Portree High school for a few months in 1997 before being appointed Depute Head Teacher at Invergordon Academy. Head teacher at Invergordon Academy - Appointed May 2001, seconded to Golspie High School November 2009 - May 2010 – returned to Invergordon Academy as Head Teacher.
Margaret Davidson
Margaret was elected as Highland Councillor in 1995 and has held senior positions in education, social work and housing for 10 years. She has been chair of the Joint Committee for Children and Young People and has contributed to the transformation of services for vulnerable children within the Highland region. She is proud of the fact that Highland is now a national leader in this area of community service.

Margaret’s family run the Abriachan Gardens on the north shore of Loch Ness and she played an active part in the purchase of Abriachan forest, one of the first Scottish community land purchases in 1998.

This community forest has been run as a recreation and education resource for 12 years which includes the setting up of a pioneering rural skills SVQ and forest school. Much of education work is targeted at youngsters struggling with school and involved with crime.

In the 1970s and 1980s Margaret and her husband lived in New Zealand and in the Falkland islands where they ran a sheep farm, a market garden and a hotel. They still visit the southern hemisphere as often as they can.

Day 1 Mentors

DAY1 is nothing without our mentors. We now have an ever growing number of people (70 at the last count) in the local community aged from 21 to 45 years, who have acted as DAY1 mentors and this number is ever growing. Our mentors come from all walks of life and include engineers, nurses, call centre managers, health promotion specialists, mechanics, business development managers, retail assistants, fire-fighters, sports coaches, administrators, production workers and many more.
All are fully trained in the skills required to act as a mentor and most find that their DAY1 training impacts positively and directly on their working life too.

Many of our mentors are now beginning a second or even a third year of mentoring and they are providing a wonderful focused and positive contribution not only to their individual young person but also to the wider community as well.

Training Personnel

Our trainers include: youth work experts, a training coordinator, an educationalist, business people, a clinical psychologist, a child protection expert, an ‘inspirational’ speaker, past DAY1 mentors, outdoor instructors and more.
Gillian Newman (BA Hons Child and Youth Studies)
Gillian has over 20 years experience in children’s services. Working with the “Highland Children’s Forum” from 2004-2011, Gillian has supported the participation of children with additional support needs involving them in service evaluation and policy development.

She was seconded on the to Getting it Right for Every Child Highland Pathfinder team, developing the business processes, guidance and training programme for the voluntary sector.
Gillian now works as an independent participation professional carrying out consultation and action research with service users and other stakeholders as part of influencing policy and service provision. She is also a part-time lecturer with Inverness College, provides staff training to other organisations in participation and person-centred planning and mentors young people with additional support needs. 

Currently Gillian is working towards an MSc Health and Wellbeing and a Further Education Professional Development Award.

Dr Emma Burton BSc. Hons, D.Clin.Psychol.

Emma started her working career as a French Polisher then quickly developed an interest and skills in advanced woodworking and ran her own fine cabinet making business for five years.  Looking for a new challenge, Emma became a volunteer mentor with “Off the Record”, an agency set up to support people through the transition from school to work and independent living and this lead to further work as a mentor in schools running workshops for children and young people experiencing hardship. This experience triggered an application to Stirling University and a career in Psychology, eventually leading to her gaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.
Emma’s experience is broad, having worked in the NHS mental health service since 2004. This has involved adult mental health, older adult’s mental health, adults with learning disability, autistic spectrum disorders and neuropsychology, with occasional medico-legal work thrown in for good measure. Her current and specific interest is in clinical psychology for children, young people and their families. She currently holds a part-time post in the NHS and runs her own private practice offering therapeutic interventions to help improve the physical and or mental well being of individuals experiencing psychological difficulties.

Patsy Thomson, MA
With qualifications in education and social work management, Patsy worked for local authorities in social education and community assessment. She trained as a marriage counsellor and more recently as a solution-focussed practitioner. Previously she was a mentor with Save the Children's Millenium Project, and now tutors for the Workers Educational Association.
Patsy taught Family and Community studies for Scottish Churches Open College and is currently training as a spiritual director. She has a particular interest in principle-centred methods and the ethical work-place. As a community volunteer , Patsy is presently supervising a developmental youth-worker.

Dr Tracy McGlynn, D. Clin. Psychol, BA (Hons)
Tracy is a Clinical Psychologist. She works with children and young people affected by a range of issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bereavement, chronic illness, trauma and self-harm. She offers teaching to DAY1 mentors on understanding adolescent development and aiding communication with young people.
She has a background in oncology having spent two years working in Magggie's Highlands supporting families coping with cancer. She faciliatates online support groups and is working on a project to develop internet based support services to young people living in the Highlands. She completed a doctoral thesis in the area of self-harm and has a specialist interest in this field of research.

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