Our Volunteer Board Members

KASP'S BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Here at KASP we have an incredible team of experienced, competent and committed individuals who deeply care about KASP’s cause and values. 

Anne Aberdein – Chair

Anne is now retired and joined KASP as a trustee following a long and diverse career in health and education within Fife. Prior to becoming a trustee she had worked closely with KASP as chair of the Fife Domestic & Sexual Abuse Partnership - Prevention Group on behalf of Education and Children’s Services. Anne brings a vast range of knowledge and experience from caring for patients within the NHS, supporting mothers and babies as a Midwife and then children and young people as a school nurse. The well-being and protection of children and young people has been a key focus for Anne throughout her career. This subsequently led her into an Integration Managers Post when New Community Schools (NCS) was being developed across Fife by Children’s Services. This multiagency post gave Anne even more opportunity to work closely with the voluntary sector in supporting vulnerable children and their families. From here there was a natural progression for Anne to become one of the lead professionals in Education for Health and Wellbeing & Child Protection. In her child protection role she attended multi agency discussions with police, social work and health on individual cases for children and young people affected by sexual, substance and domestic abuse. Once retired, Anne was approached and asked to become a Trustee for KASP. Due to her previous connections with KASP and the voluntary sector, and her passion for providing services in the local community Anne joined the Trustees for KASP in 2018 and has been a driving force in taking the service forward delivering services to people affected by childhood sexual abuse.

Berenice Gallacher – Vice Chair

Berenice is now retired after many years working as a social worker with Fife Council. She has always worked with children and their families and for thirteen years she worked with the police at Fife's Child Protection Unit. While there she helped children talk about their experiences but she also came across many parents and relatives who had kept quiet about their own childhood trauma. It was therefore with great interest that she attended the Public Meeting twenty five years ago in Kirkcaldy organised by members of the steering committee. As we know this meeting led to the establishing of KASP. Always supportive and interested in the Project's work, Berenice referred parents for much needed support and counselling then she joined the Board. She has always been a strong advocate of KASP's values and commitment to those who have suffered childhood trauma and she has fully supported the KASP's policy of offering an open door to all. Berenice is really proud to be a part of KASP and its place not only locally in Fife but as part of a bigger voice at the parliament. She is also proud to be on the Board seeing the work as integral to ensuring a well-supported staff team who is then able to maintain their impressively high standard of counselling, support, care and educating.

Abbey Taylor

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Ryan Bittenger

After finishing my first degree in Colorado, USA, at Colorado State University, I realised I wanted to do more to contribute to the healing process of others. I began my career in mental health working in the Substance Abuse Disorder field in a triage and residential detoxification facility. In order to pursue the long time dream of becoming a therapist, I moved to Scotland to study a Doctorate in Psychotherapy. In the first two years of this programme, I took up a placement at KASP. After becoming a qualified counsellor, I decided to remain at KASP as a volunteer offering individual sessions to clients. These years at KASP were an important step in understanding the type of work that was valuable to me - namely, empowering survivors and listening empathically as they come to a deeper understanding of themselves. After completing my doctorate, I applied to join the Board of Directors as a way to give back to this incredible organisation and the clients I have been so fortunate to work with. I bring along experience in managing mental health organisations, creating policy and procedure, and experience in the therapy fields of bereavement, complex trauma, and substance use disorders. I am also able to offer experience and knowledge about counselling research, particularly qualitative research. I also bring experience in advocacy for LGBTQ+ people from many years of organising, campaigning, and educating in this area.

Jaclyn Meisel

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What they do for KASP

Trustees are the final decision makers of a charitable organisation and have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, a charity’s management and administration. They play a very important role in a sector that contributes significantly to the character and wellbeing of the country.

KASP Board of Trustees meets six times a year to oversee the most important issues facing the charity. KASP Trustees are the people who lead KASP and decide how it is run. Being a Trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives and making a difference to the local community or to society as a whole.

Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims.

The role of KASP Trustees is to:

  1. Ensure KASP is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  2. Comply with KASP’s governing document and the law.
  3. Act in KASP’s best interests
  4. Manage KASP’s resources responsibly
  5. Act with reasonable care and skill.
  6. Ensure KASP is accountable