Board of Directors

Sharon Ellen - Chair

Sharon was born in Glasgow and a few years later, moved to Nairn, where she still lives with her son, Fraser.  She worked in the local oil fabrication yards of Ardersier and Nigg for 10 years and has spent the last 12 years working for Bank of Scotland, currently heading up the Commercial Business team in the Highlands.  In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with family and friends, fitness training and she loves music.

Jane Campbell

Jane Campbell is currently the Development Manager for ITP Training. As a part of her role, she is responsible for the quality assessment for SVQs across retail, management, business administration and customer service within ITP. She also develops and delivers all of the Management Training including workshops, Institute of Leadership and Management Programmes, and bespoke programmes. She is also a Business Mentor for the Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

During the last 25 years, Jane has worked in Management Consultancy (Project and Change Management), Training and Sales Management, which has had her working in a diverse range of organisations from the GEC in Shanghai to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, from Marco Polo Hotel Group in Hong Kong to Autotrader in Belfast!

What she loves most about her work is seeing people develop and begin to achieve things they never thought possible!

John Dunlop

John Dunlop began his social work career in 1968, when he worked as a support worker in a training centre for people with learning difficulties in Wakefield, Yorkshire. After gaining a degree in sociology and a social work qualification at Keele University, he worked as a social worker in Cheshire, Cornwall and as a team manager in the Scottish Borders. He obtained a management diploma at Edinburgh University and has specialised in both child care and community care. He came to the Highlands in 1980 and has worked as an area social work manager for the Inverness and Nairn areas. He retired in 2007.

John currently lives in Nairn, has three children, two grandchildren and is writing books. He likes sport, music and hill walking. In the past he was a football referee and a marris and rapper dancer. When not helping in the board at Cantraybridge, he can be found on the terraces at Tynecastle, Edinburgh. 

Carol Elliot

Carol Elliot joined the Board late in 2013. She currently works for Foundation Scotland’s Community Engagement Team as well as being informally involved with Able Care (a business specialising in providing stairlifts, disabled adaptations and daily living aids) which is part owned by her family.

Previously, she worked for the The Highland Council as a Ward Manager and in a tenant participation role supporting many tenants and residents groups across the  Highlands. Carol has an honours degree in Psychology and an HNC in Business Studies. Carol has been a volunteer for Girlguiding for over 25 years and now edits and produces her community’s regular newsletter.

Carol lives on the Black Isle but was brought up in Caithness and has lived in Sutherland. Having also worked in most corners of the Highlands, she understands the challengers of rural communities. Carol is married and has one son and loves to travel across the pond whenever she gets the opportunity. 

Alastair Noble

Alastair Noble worked as a GP in Nairn from 1973-2006. As well as his work in Nairn, Alastair has also worked in Nepal, Australia, New Zealand and America. Alastair is currently working with the Scottish Executive of Commissioning of Integrated Care and their strategies on community hospitals, rural general hospitals, care of the elderly, rehabilitation, changing the balance of care and the community hospital improvement network with NHS Education Scotland. He is also currently working with the Social Work Inspectorate and NHS QIS (Quality Improvement Scotland), the Joint Improvement Team and the Care Commission on quality standards/accreditation/revalidation for extended primary care teams including social work and local authority.

Alastair was previously chairman of the Scottish Association of GP community hospitals and Scottish representative on Association of community based maternity care.

Alastair’s special interests are in mental health – working with the information services division on shared mental health information system and locality budgets-cost cube, integrated resource frame work, health costs, local authority costs and resource transfer. 

Henry Sleigh

Henry Sleigh gained a BSc (Agri) at Aberdeen University in 1979. After 2 years in farm management, Henry started his own business in landscaping. Henry’s key area of interest is machinery and this has led to spending much time in the USA over the last 20 ears sourcing and shipping specialist equipment. Henry’s main hobby has been designing and building equipment and shooting.

Having successfully run his own business for 30 years, Henry has increasingly been involved with other organisations, assisting young individuals to achieve their potential. This has involved presentations about work and employment to a number of schools, prison and Barnardos Works. He has worked closely with the Shirley Project, Barnardos Works and The Haven, where e has created opportunities for employment in his business. HE has worked on the Chirlren’s Panel for 2 years, has been on the Machinery Ring board for 8 years and joined the Board at Cantraybridge in 2014.

Over the last two years, Henry has become increasingly disabled due to a progressive condition and this means that he has understanding of some of the difficulties of physical disability. Henry lives at Moyness and is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.  

Supporting young adults to reach their potential

About the College

Cantraybridge promotes the skills and talents of young people with disabilities. We champion the rights of young people by creating opportunities to learn and grow.


We support our students to develop skills equipping them for work. We empower our young people through a managed transition from college to enhance their employability.

Independent Living

We provide accommodation for 20 students attending College. Residents develop their independent living skills whilst they are here in preparation for living in a place of their own.

Social Enterprise

Our Social Enterprise includes Cantray Park Cafe and Venue Hire, our Market Garden and the visitor facilities at our Aviary department. We are open from Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

If you think that you would to come to Cantraybridge College we will ask you to complete our application form. You will also have to discuss this with your social worker.

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