Meet the Team — Management, Finance, ICT
Following the departure in June 2018 of Bernadette Monaghan, our former Chief Executive, to a new post in Glasgow City Council, the Board conducted a recruitment process for an interim CEO to complete our business improvement and strategy development processes during the second half of 2018: processes that Bernadette began with the Board in 2017. Having successfully facilitated our strategic planning for 2019-24, internal system reviews and navigated an extremely challenging carers support services re-tendering decision, I was appointed to the post on a permanent basis in June 2019.
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1991 with an MA (Hons) in Social Policy and worked initially for Venture Scotland as Co-ordinator and Fundraiser before securing a permanent post the following year as Volunteer Organiser (Drumchapel) with Volunteer Glasgow. I have an Open University Professional Certificate in Management, and a number of out-of-date qualifications in outdoor activities from my Venture Scotland residential volunteering days. I have also been known to get lost in books, to undertake research projects volunteering for the Woodland Trust, and to set-up and help run the odd sports club.
More recently, I have facilitated Volunteer Glasgow’s partnership work with the Poverty Leadership Panel, Third Sector Interfaces’ work with the DWP, the refresh of Glasgow’s Volunteering Strategy with Community Planning Partners and our contributions to the Legacy 2014/2018 Frameworks.
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).
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.