Meet the Team — Management, Finance, ICT
I have worked at Volunteer Glasgow for almost 30 years in a variety of roles and I am currently Finance/Personnel/Admin Manager, with overall responsibility for ensuring that all the organisation’s administrative processes run as smoothly as possible. My role means that I have to ensure that I research and keep up with all new legislation affecting accounting and personnel procedures and assist in ensuring that we comply with all current standards.
I studied law at Trinity College, Dublin and completed her MSc in Legal Studies (Criminology) at Edinburgh University in 1987.
In my early career,I worked for the local authority, developing and managing community safety initiatives and urban aid projects and co-ordinating the Safer Edinburgh Programme – one of five community safety initiatives in the Safer Cities Programme.
I joined the Government’s Central Research Unit in 1994 and was responsible for managing research on domestic abuse, substance misuse and alcohol and licensing. I also led a study on the third sector contribution to children’s services planning on behalf of Glasgow University. Between 1989 and 1998, I was a member of the children’s panel in Edinburgh and Depute Area Chair for two years.
In 1998, I became Head of Operations with Sacro, responsible for leading and managing a range of services to reintegrate offenders into the community and prevent offending in the first place. These included supported accommodation, group work, restorative justice, community mediation and diversion from prosecution services. I also took part in a year-long European Exchange Project that resulted in the publication of the book: “From Prison to Reintegration”, detailing the shared experiences and learning from the participating states.
In 2002, I became Chief Executive of Apex Scotland. One of my achievements in this role was to re-establish the Annual Lecture as a key event in the justice calendar in Scotland. During this period, I served on The Sentencing Commission for Scotland, the Reducing Re-offending Programme Board and played a key role in establishing the Community Justice Authorities and supporting them in their initial phase. I was also a longstanding member of the Advisory Group for the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime and Secretary of the Edinburgh branch of SASO.
I became Director of a newly established Third Sector Skills Partnership in 2009 and was appointed the first National Convener and Chief Executive of Children’s Hearings Scotland in 2011. In this role, I achieved a smooth transition of panel members to a new national Children’s Panel, negotiated partnership agreements with all local authorities and led the procurement exercise for a new, accredited training curriculum.
I was one of the three people who set up Families Outside and previously a Board member of Venture Trust. I am a lay representative on the Joint Standing Committee for Legal Education in Scotland and a longstanding member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Criminal Law Committee. I am also currently a Trustee of Dad’s Rock and a Non-Executive Director of Ypeople – formerly YMCA Glasgow.
I am passionate about justice, fairness and opportunities for those who are most vulnerable in society, to help them build confidence and skills and achieve their potential. I firmly believe that in giving through volunteering, we all receive – as individuals and communities.
In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, singing in a choir, playing my clarsach, reading, art exhibitions, modern dance and theatre, cooking and sharing good food, wine can conversation with family and friends.
Direct line 0141 226 2576
Personnel/ Finance/ Admin Officer
My remit includes: helping with the preparation and processing of the monthly payroll and other personnel issues such as recording sickness absence, staff leave etc; preparing monthly management accounts, paying and recording incoming invoices and issuing invoices on behalf of VG, and general administrative duties (including Saltire Awards administration).
As well as managing Volunteer Glasgow’s operations, I also lead on our work with the Poverty Leadership Panel, Glasgow 2014 Legacy Framework, campaigns/policy. Been known to help run outdoor education weekends, to get lost in books, and leave the field of play prematurely with blood injuries…
Direct Line: 0141 226 2561
I have been the in-house geek for Volunteer Glasgow since 2002. My role in the organisation is to manage and support the IT infrastructure of all of VG’s teams and managed projects at our head office in Bothwell St and at our two Carers Centres in West Glasgow and South-West Glasgow. Duties include managing and supporting hardware and software purchases and installations, Internet and email services, desktop user support, and LAN and server administration at each of our city locations. I’m also experienced at web design and development so I manage and develop the Volunteer Glasgow website, and design and facilitate the other digital and subscription services we provide. I also often get roped into other non-IT things such as graphic design, brand identity and social-media strategy.
Although I’m very much behind the scenes, I am very proud to be part of the Volunteer Glasgow team. The organisation helps to do so much good in our city, and the culture and ethos of the organisation is a credit to the staff. My interests include movies, football and other sports, music, reading, geek-culture, quizzes, comedy, socialising with friends, spending time with family, and sarcasm.