Chief Executive Officer
I joined CVS Falkirk in July 2018, and have supported and advocated for the third sector for over 15 years as part of the Volunteer Centre and subsequently the TSI networks.
As an experienced senior strategic leader on behalf of the third sector within community planning partnerships, I have held lead or co-lead roles in many multi-agency partnerships and projects focused on addressing health inequalities, improving participation and engagement in service planning and Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP).
I’m enormously proud of the impact of the third sector in supporting resilience and wellbeing. I’m also passionate that all partnerships recognise and pro-actively enable the third sector organisations working in, and with, communities of geography and interest as key partners in improving health and wellbeing.
I have been with CVS Falkirk for the last 9 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.
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.
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 develop rewarding volunteering placements for people who are engaging with the Local Authority Employment and Training Unit (ETU) 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.
Saltire Awards Administrator
As of December 2019, I manage the multi-faceted Saltire Awards, and am an ambassador for them in the community.
I trained to achieve my Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration, serving placement at Salvation Army New Future Employability & Training Centre. I have experience in admin, reception duties, retail, and various customer service roles.
I myself volunteer in my community, assisting with active outdoor sports competitions, children’s events, and other family-oriented functions.