Meet the Team — Our Board of (Volunteer) Directors
Please note that you can contact our Directors via our Acting Chief Executive, David Maxwell, on firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been volunteering since I was at school. I think it is really important to contribute to the community where I live. It always surprises me how small actions can make such a difference to people and organisations. I have made many friends and have benefited in other ways from my volunteering. I have gained all sorts of experience and expertise, all of which have been useful for my own career in academia and the civil service.
I feel very lucky to be able to help guide and steer Volunteer Glasgow as a member of the Board. I also think being a Board member is a very humbling experience, and during my time I have gained a lot of insight into the amazing volunteering people do for others.
Glasgow has been my home city all my life. I’m a graduate of the University of Glasgow and worked in the NHS for over a decade as a General Surgeon. I’m one of the Directors at Medics Against Violence (MAV) and help deliver our programmes in schools and elsewhere (such as young people attending courses at The Prince’s Trust.) In association with our partners, especially the Violence Reduction Unit, we have helped foster real change in Scotland and continue to work to improve things whilst advising and working with partners outside Scotland.
Throughout my NHS career I held several roles with the British Medical Association including Chair of the Scottish Junior Doctors Committee and a contract negotiator at both Scottish and UK level. This medico-political work led to appearances on TV including BBC News and Channel 4 Dispatches, as well as print media and national radio such as BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 4 You & Yours programme.
I’m excited to join Volunteer Glasgow and be part of something which both the staff and Glasgow can be proud.
My spare time involves singing, guitar playing, writing, being exhausted by my niece and nephew, and narrating audiobooks!
I’ve been involved in volunteering since I was a teenager, starting with the good old charity shop and have worked in volunteering, mainly in volunteering infrastructure for over 20 years now. Most of that time has been spent in two very different volunteer centres, one in Swindon, Wiltshire, the other in Dún Laoghaire, south county Dublin, doing everything from suggesting placements to potential volunteers to training volunteer managers in best practice. In between times I worked for Volunteering England in a regional role, supporting all the volunteer centres across the south west of England. I moved to Glasgow in 2015 and have spent the last couple of years gaining experience of directly managing volunteers, rather than just telling other people how it’s done. As I missed the world of volunteer centres, I applied to join the VG board when I saw they were advertising for new members.
I am an NHS Senior Manager, working as Head of Strategy and Performance in a specialist NHS Board. Having started my career in the NHS as a Physiotherapist, I have also developed a keen interest in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. This has led to me becoming a volunteer Schools Role Model for Stonewall Scotland, the LGBT charity, where I work with young people to build confidence in dealing with LGBT issues at school and in the workplace.
I have been volunteering since attending University in Glasgow, and specifically have been a Volunteer Befriender with the Young Persons Befriending Service for almost 11 years. I am now supporting my fifth young person and very much enjoy being part of work to make a real difference to a young person’s life. I’m delighted to join the Board of Volunteer Glasgow to support the important services they deliver for so many in our great city of Glasgow.
In my remaining spare time, I am a keen football fan, a samba drummer and Chair of SWAN, a charity which supports networking and inclusion for LGBT people in Scotland.
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I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and have worked in HR, in a professional capacity for over 15 years, having worked previously in recruitment and HR support roles. I have worked in a range of organisations, both commercial and not for profit. I currently work in HR in higher education.
I am driven by the contribution people can make to organisations and the contribution that work and the organisation can have on the people that make up the organisation. In my professional life I see first-hand the difference work can make to individuals and the communities they are part of. This gives me a strong belief in the work that Volunteer Glasgow does, particularly around community development and on demonstrating the value of volunteering. I am proud to be able to contribute to the great work of Volunteer Glasgow through membership of the board.