Meet the YouthBorders Team

Welcome to the YouthBorders full team page.   We are a small friendly organisation, currently with 5 members of staff (full time and part time) and a Board of 8 Trustees and Advisors.  We are all dedicated to the aims and vision of YouthBorders and passionate about making positive changes to the lives of children and young people and providing them with new and exciting opportunities.   Whether a volunteer worker or Trustee, a core or project staff member – we are all working together to support and facilitate the work of our members and to speak with one voice in the Scottish Borders, always bearing in mind our motto:  “Where young people come first.”

Clare de Bolle

Chief Officer

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As Chief Officer I oversee the management and workings of YouthBorders, from line management to core skills around finance, PR, personnel, policy development, governance and strategy. I hugely value the way we all work together as a team and promote new and innovative ideas to support our members and young people. My key role over the past year has been strategic representation – speaking as one voice on behalf of our members, youth work, the third sector and most importantly young people at a local, regional and national level.

Jemma Laidlaw

Administrator and Membership Support

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In my role I can help you with membership support, PVG guidance and ID checks, and training opportunities. I am the administrator for YouthBorders and deal with all banking and finance issues, daily correspondence and team support. I help manage the website and social media and also collate and send out the e bulletin each week filled with news, job opportunities, funding information and training courses. If you would like help or information about any of this please get in touch.

Kris Chapman

Volunteer and Membership Development Officer

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I am here to help support and develop your youth organisation, tailored to your local needs. I provide bespoke one-to-one support, meeting each member at their premises and gaining a first-hand understanding of the services provided. I am then able to help develop training programmes, identify funding streams, and support your strategic development as a youth organisation. Alongside this I support youth clubs develop their volunteer recruitment strategies and induction programmes to ensure volunteers gain the best experience possible whilst at the youth organisation.

Julie Middlemiss Brown

Health Improvement Practitioner

(Sexual Health & Relationships)

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I am here to engage in lots of conversations and training around how to support young people to make sense of relationships and sexual health. I deliver training to Youth Workers and Practitioners to upskill them to have these sensitive conversations. I also work directly with young people as they are the experts on how I can deliver more effectively. It is also part of my role to sit on the Child Protection Training Group and link in with other services.

James Mackintosh

Youth Music Forum Coordinator

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The newest member of the team joining in November 2015, I am responsible for the Youth Music Forum Sound Cycle project working 12 hours a week. My main responsibilities are to set up and maintain a Sound Cycle website including a music directory for the Borders, create a youth forum of adult experts and young people and promote and provide as many opportunities for young people to experience, learn and get involved with music.

YouthBorders Board of Trustees

The Board of YouthBorders is made up of Trustees and Advisors taken from a broad spectrum of skills, interests, backgrounds and locations.   All are volunteers and we are very grateful for their time and commitment to the values and best practice of YouthBorders.   Some Trustees have been on the board for several years, others are fairly new but all work together to steer YouthBorders and provide the right environment and strategies for young people to thrive in the Scottish Borders.   The Board meets at Langlee or at members’ premises up to 10 times a year including an AGM in October each year.  The Board has a Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer and a subcommittee on finance.

The Board is currently seeking new trustees and a new treasurer. For more information please see the details below.  

Colin Easton


Jean Gray

Vice Chairperson

Lorna Notman


Roger Barrow


Jane Harvey


Deirdre McKendry


Gary White


Chris Dunning

Advisor to the Board

Clare de Bolle

Chief Officer

Jemma Laidlaw

Minute Taker

Application Forms for the Board

YouthBorders is always looking for new trustees to ensure it has the most effective Board of Trustees and Advisors from across a range of expertise, interests and ages. We are currently recruiting for new Trustees, as well as a new Treasurer from December 2016, so please see the forms and job descriptions below.

Any questions please contact Clare de Bolle, Chief Officer on 01896 755110 or

Youth Borders Director Application Form 2016

Equal Opportunity and Diversity Monitoring Form

Chairperson Role Description

Treasurer Role Description