Meet the Workforce Development Network Team

Meet the team

Alison Christie

Alison joined CCPS as Policy and Development Officer (Workforce) in April 2016 and will take over responsibility for reporting to the Scottish Government and CCPS Board as well as collaboration with SSSC and other key partners. Alison has a background in health and social care policy and previously worked in a membership organisation. She will work with the team and social care providers in the voluntary sector to progress the workforce development agenda and priorities.

Yvette Burgess

Yvette Burgess, Director of the Housing Support Enabling Unit since 2004, is working in partnership with the WDN  on the registration, regulation and fitness to practise work. With housing support/care at home workforces next to be registered and the voluntary sector workforce disproportionately comprised of workers in these two parts of the register, we are delighted to have the expertise of Housing Support Enabling Unit. With an excellent understanding of this part of the workforce and well developed networks with employers, Yvette and her staff are guiding and supporting voluntary sector employers to comply with SSSC and Care Inspectorate requirements, make use of workforce planning tools and enabling them to influence policy and practice developments in these areas.


Katherine Wainwright

Katherine is the Head of Human Resources at Turning Point Scotland and also a Workforce Associate at the Coalition of Care Providers Scotland. Turning Point Scotland is a leading provider of social care services in the fields of: criminal justice, mental health, autism, learning disability, substance misuse, homelessness and social enterprise. Turning Point Scotland provides support to around 10,000 people in Scotland each year (excluding needle exchange) and employs 1,200 people across Scotland. She is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and has extensive experience in senior management roles across a range of social care providers and of board/committee membership for other charities and working groups. This currently includes leading the Voluntary Sector Recruitment Working Group and attending the national Working Group on Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination on behalf of CCPS.

Victoria Knox

Victoria is an Executive Team member of ARK Housing Association and her role is Director of People and Organisational Development. ARK provide adult services mainly in Learning Disability with some specialist Autism and Dementia Services throughout Scotland and in 12 Local Authority areas. Victoria is the depute chair of the HR Voluntary Sector Forum who have 80+ member organisations and is also a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Steering Committee Member of the West of Scotland Branch.

Victoria is a CCPS Workforce Associate and leading on the Retention Working Group.