Chief Executive Officer
I have been with CVS Falkirk for the last 8 years, moving from Volunteering Development Manager to Operations Manager, where my focus is on developing, promoting and supporting our four core functions.
Before joining CVS Falkirk I was with Volunteer Centre East Dunbartonshire for 7 years, developing volunteering both operationally and strategically. I am passionate about volunteering and have been instrumental in developing new youth initiatives and projects. I bring experience in events management, employability, training and development, retail and customer service as well as operational and business development.
My role as Partnership Manager is to own, implement and continually evolve the organisation’s strategic partnership.
I have experience of working in both the private and voluntary sector in operational management roles and currently volunteer as a Director with Fife Carers Centre. My skill set includes designing outcome focussed solutions, managing change, stakeholder engagement and project management.
I am the Finance Officer and responsible for the day to day finances of the organisation. My role involves maintaining accurate financial records for CVS Falkirk and ensuring we have robust financial practices in place. My background is in accountancy, having worked in private practice before moving into the third sector.
Development Officer – Social Enterprise
In my role as Development Officer for Social Enterprise, I provide support to social enterprises at all stages of their development. This covers a wide variety of support needs from start-up information and guidance, business development support and identifying training opportunities, through to providing a voice for the Falkirk social enterprise sector at both local and national levels.
It is a challenging role but ultimately a very rewarding one, where I get to work with some fantastic and inspiring social entrepreneurs that are committed to improving peoples life chances, enhancing communities and protecting the environment.
Development Officer – Fundraising, Governance and Training
I am a Development Officer for Capacity Building at CVS Falkirk. I provide organisational development support to third sector organisations in the Falkirk area. This includes assisting voluntary organisations to identify and apply for grant funding, guidance and support on setting up a new charity or voluntary group, governance and training support, and helping organisations to be more effective in their management and service delivery.
Forth Valley Top Toes Volunteer Coordinator
I began my volunteering journey early with the Red Cross as a child, then through high school initiatives. After graduating from the University of South Wales, I took time out from my career to bring up my children. I also became the Chair of an environmental community group and volunteered with an environmental funding body.
On returning to work I helped to set up a community transport and good neighbours scheme, before taking over Forth Valley Top Toes. In my personal life, I am a keen reader and love spending time with my children, dog and gerbil.
As the Office Manager with CVS Falkirk, I am tasked with providing high quality administration services to the organisation, the CEO and the officers of the Board.
As well as managing administration services (such as telephone and personal enquiries, mail and email as necessary and respond to correspondence as applicable), I am tasked with ensuring the day to day duties within the organisation run smoothly.
Development Officer – Partner Communications
As Development Officer for Partner Communications, I am responsible for collecting and disseminating information regarding the organisation and the Falkirk area, and maintaining our social media presence. I create and distribute a weekly e-bulletin and update our website on a regular basis; I am also responsible for event planning and press relations.
My background is rather varied, with a degree in journalism and a HND in business from Forth Valley College. I came to CVS Falkirk through my college course, completing my work experience with them and returning to volunteer, before I became an employee, as I enjoyed not only working in the third sector but with the team as a whole.
Saltire Awards Administrator
I have recently started working for CVS Falkirk as a Saltire Awards Ambassador. The Saltire Awards is recognises young people’s volunteering, they can log their volunteering hours via Saltire Awards website and gain reward certificates!
I can relate to this as I have volunteered as a Kelpie ambassador down at the Helix, at Link Housing, as a season ball attendant for Falkirk FC, and at Callendar Park bonfire night collecting donations. I really enjoyed these opportunities as it let me meet new people, gain more knowledge and learn new skills.
I studied NC Admin at college, and I have recently graduated with an HND in Travel and Tourism, which I was really proud of myself for.
In my spare time I go to the gym, walk my dog or hang out with friends, or I will be at my favourite restaurant eating nachos.
Development Officer – Champion the Sector and Volunteering
As Development Officer – Championing the Sector and Volunteering, I engage third sector organisations in order to empower communities in line with local priorities and needs. This is achieved by managing and facilitating a number of forums based on local outcomes, attending stakeholders meetings and facilitating sector participation.
I have varied experience as a business owner, working in mental health, youth work and co-founder of a charitable organisation aiming to increase participation in mountain biking.
I completed my degree in Community Education and Development in May 2018 with a 2.1 Honours.
Development Officer – Improving Employability Through Volunteering
I develop and implement the Improving Employability Through Volunteering project. In this project I will develop rewarding volunteering placements for people who are engaging with the Local Authority Employment and Training Unit to improve their employability skills.
I am passionate about volunteering and I believe that the right opportunity can be a life-changing experience. In my spare time, I volunteer for a children’s activity group in my local community.
Forth Valley Top Toes Administrative Support
My role within Forth Valley Top Toes is to offer clients support and assistance and provide them with information on our invaluable service.
I maintain Top Toes clinic diaries (currently, we have clinics in 6 locations), and deal with all associated administration duties. My background has mostly been in reception and administrative positions.