Our People

Ms Sharon Taylor - Chair


I have been around horses from the age of three and been lucky enough to have experience in different horsemanship styles before developing my own style. My own style developed through the personal study of herd dynamics and behaviours, this further developed into ‘difficult’ horses, the basis of their behaviours and rectifying the behaviours by facilitating an environment where they could become whole again and be productive in helping people overcome issues. 


I have held many voluntary positions, some of which include:

·         Home-Start Mid-Argyll

·         Instructor for ‘The Horse Rangers’ on the Isle of Bute

·         Counsellor on ‘The Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline’

·         Money Laundering Office for ‘Kintyre Credit Union’


I also sat on several committees:

·         S.A.F.E ‘Substance Abuse Free Environment’

·         ‘The Substance Misuse Forum’

·         ‘Argyll & Clyde Substance Misuse Strategy Group’


I worked as a Strapper for Strathclyde Mounted Police and a MENCAP worker at Busby Equitation Centre in my teenage years.


I held a statutory post with Argyll & Bute Council ‘Substance Misuse Worker’ within the Social Work Dept. for 7 years.  This was a new post that I developed myself, my ability to connect with hard to reach young people was recognised by The Scottish Executive when the project I developed ‘Future Generations Youth Drama’ was picked as one of two projects seen as the best of the time in Scotland.

With the skills I have gained over the years, it made sense to put them altogether and Katie’s Cradle was born. 


Mr Steve Byrne - Treasurer


For over 25 years I have been volunteering on behalf of the community mainly in the social housing area. From the time of inception I was

·         Chair of the Regional Network of Tenant Organisations covering Highland and Argyll & Bute in this role I assisted in writing policy and met regularly with the Scottish Government up to Ministerial level.

·         I am chair of Kintyre Alcohol & Drugs Advisory Service

·         Vice chair of Kintyre Forum for Community Care.

·         I have been a Community Councillor for over 4 years.


I serve on many committees in the Kintyre area and have more recently been invited to serve on the Scottish Government ''Age Home and Community Committee. I have had extensive experience as a Treasurer in several committees. I have been involved with Katies Cradle even before it became a charity and am proud to be a Trustee.


Miss Shelby McWilliam


I started volunteering with Katie’s Cradle in 2016, I was looking for something different than the mainstream with horses and found it within Katie’s Cradle.   As I became more involved and more knowledgeable I was voted in as a trustee to represent young people that the charity would be working with.  In my time as a trustee I have gained many skills, some of which include:

·         Office Admin

·         Decision Making

·         Minute taking

·         Legalities of Charities


Over my time with the charity I have grown in confidence, both with people and horses, working with troubled horses opened my eyes to how we, as people, are quick to label difficult behaviour both in animals and people without taking the time to look a little deeper and find out what the causes are.  I am very passionate about what we as a charity stand for, I have seen through my own experience how effective bringing these horses and people together works for all involved.


Mr James Anderson-Smythe


I started with Katie’s Cradle as a volunteer to help me overcome some of the issues I was facing which was having a negative impact on my life.  I suffer from severe OCD, Social Issues, weight issues and high anxiety.  Over the course of 2 years my issues have drastically reduced, I am still working on my issues but have already lost 5 stone and have grown in confidence.  I was voted in as a trustee to ensure the board could have a representative for people who suffer similar issues. 


I like the idea that I am able to have a voice in the charity that will help other people who suffer issues like mine.


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