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OUR STAFF:

Lynda Johnstone

Development Team

Lynda is an experienced community development practitioner and has worked within community development, social justice, disability and social housing fields since 1986.  Prior to working with Community Enterprise provided tenant participation and scrutiny support, research, training and development with social landlords, tenants and communities throughout Scotland.

 

Bridget Macrae

Admin Team

Bridget is our expert in systems development and data handling. She ensures that our essential processes run efficiently and we have the accurate information we need to run our fast moving business.

Douglas Westwater

CEO

Douglas is an expert in project development and financing and has worked in Scotland’s third sector for 25 years. The development of capital projects in relation to local regeneration is a particular area of his expertise.

 

Andrew Rogers

Development Team

Andrew joined the Development Team in late 2018, with previous experience as a solicitor and in bid management. He now works across a variety of projects, supporting clients with strategic planning, business development, capacity building, and community engagement and research.

 

Doug Summers

Design Team

Doug lives and breathes branding and design, there’s no doubt about that. He knew early on he wanted to create art with purpose and has been the go-to-person for pics, posters and logos all his life. He studied Marketing with branding at University, gaining a degree with honours and continues to read and write widely on the subject. He found a niche in the fast moving world of the Glasgow music scene in the 90s and was inspired to delve deeper into Graphic Design where he qualified, excelled and developed an enviable and varied portfolio. He spent several years living and working in Hong Kong moving into web development  and spent several years in high-end digital design.

 

Doug has great vision and is never short of ideas on clients behalf, immersing himself in their world. Since it’s inception in 2013 he has been designing for Bold and now leads the studio, helping a wide range of third sector clients to evidence their impact and strengthen their position through good intelligent design, branding, websites and more.

Kate Morris

Development Team

After graduating with a degree in Politics and International Relations, Kate has worked in a range of private and third sector organisations. She has a background in public policy, youth work, volunteer management and human resources. 

Will Kelly

Design Team

Will is an exceptionally talented designer with 7+ years design experience and has worked in many areas of the design industry, from collaborating on high-end conceptual projects as part of a design agency to freelancing for small businesses and start-ups. He has many strings to his bow including, branding, illustration, motion graphics and digital design.

Sara Bayo

Design Team

Sara is a skilled graphic designer with over 13 years of experience in branding, web layout design and illustration. She obtained her BA with Hons. from the prestigious ELISAVA, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. Since then, she has designed for organisations of all kinds focusing mainly on projects for the cultural field. Four years ago Sara left her home town of Barcelona to start a new adventure in Scotland where she has felt really welcome. Since her arrival, she has focused on developing her design career and is dedicated to working with young people. Sara loves design, not just for its own sake but for what it can do for people.

Maria Sherrington

Admin Team

Maria provides admin support across the organisation with a particular focus on keeping Creative Natives operating efficiently. Her attention to detail and editing skills are put to good use ensuring that our written documents are of the highest standard.

Judith Eele

Development Team

Judith has worked with social enterprises in Scotland and overseas since 2013. She spent several years in Chile, where she managed skills development programmes for micro and social entrepreneurship and is a highly experienced business assessor.

Victoria Pearce

Development Team

Victoria has over 15 years’ experience working in the social enterprise and third sector supporting social entrepreneurs, charities and community based enterprises to become more effective and sustainable. Victoria manages the development team

Kylie Fagan

Development Team

Kylie has worked across the Scottish academic and third sectors on issues relating to; health and wellbeing, public participation, and rural development. Currently undertaking a part-time PhD in Social Policy, she brings her research experience and commitment to participatory working to her role at Community Enterprise.

 

Wilma Brown

Development Team

Wilma has experience in developing organisations in community settings, having worked in the public and third sector for many years. Partnership building and locally derived solutions to development are her particular areas of expertise and she has worked in the University and College field in a rural setting for many years.

 

Fiona Maclellan

Admin Team

 Fiona specialises in project support with particular attention to supporting the development team. She also assists with events planning and office administration.

Dani Horton

Design Team

Dani has 7+ years’ experience as a Graphic & Web Designer for the public, private and third sectors as well as a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. Dani’s keen interest within contemporary design keeps herself and her clients ahead of the competition with fresh and innovative ideas.

Following the completion of Ayrshire Business Women’s (ABW) re-brand and website design in 2016, she was asked to join the Committee - serving as the Website Administrator, Membership Secretary and Vice President. The networking group for ‘Women in Business’ has 100+ members from varying specialisms, meeting once a month in venues across Ayrshire.

OUR BOARD:

Richard Bowes

Richard is systems change facilitator and consultant.  Following a period of time in a large finance institution, he now works internationally helping organisations find better ways to achieve their objectives.

Chris Growcott

Chris has been a member of the management team at the Bike Station since 2010.

He was a co-director of The Graphics Company, a workers’ co-operative for ten years before that and has been involved in various social enterprise and co-operative networks during this time.

Nick Addington

Nick is Chief Executive of the William Grant Foundation, a grant-making body linked to one of Scotland’s leading family-owned businesses. He was formerly Head of Philanthropy Services at Foundation Scotland where he spent a decade delivering and designing funding programmes to support community groups and local charities.

Lorna Edwards

Lorna is the Head of Business Engagement at Abertay University. She has worked across public, private and third sectors as part of the team at Nesta, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Social Enterprise Academy, Scottish Human Services Trust and the Scottish Leadership Foundation.

Peter Rae

Peter is a senior manager in Link Housing, one of the largest social enterprises in Scotland. His career in the third sector and with one of the most innovative housing associations brings the team invaluable experience.

OUR ASSOCIATES:

Becki Lancaster

Prior to becoming freelance in 2012, Becki worked as a performance audit project manager at Audit Scotland (the public sector ‘watchdog’) and, before that, as a researcher in both private sector research consultancy and central government. She is highly experienced in qualitative and quantitative research design, data collection, data analysis and report writing. She has worked across a wide range of subject areas, including education, employment, young people, health, justice and housing.

Alice Firebrace

Alice has carried out research and project development work for community support networks, foundations, and social documentary companies. She holds a masters degree in Environmental Politics and also has experience in community empowerment and the arts. 

Karen Fitzsimmons

Karen is a dedicated and professional manager with over 17 years experience in the funding environment most recently as head of Community Assets at the Lottery.  Her key skills include excellent customer care and relationship management skills, developed while working with a range of organisations from the voluntary and community sector as well as staff, committees and wider stakeholders.

Caitlin Hardie

Caitlin joined Community Enterprise after having worked for a leading digital marketing agency in an account management role where she specialised in the development of ‘communities’ of social media influencers to support global brands. After graduating with a degree in Sociology and Criminology and a particular interest in gender studies, she supported an Edinburgh based charity working with loneliness amongst older people, developing and managing a major communications campaign for them.

 

Meena Bhagat

Meena has worked in market and social research for over 20 years and her clients include the National Association of Link Workers, Living Streets and many others.  She has an in-depth knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation techniques.

Karen MacMillan

Karen is a chartered accountant with a sound and detailed understanding of financial systems, budgeting, accounts and cash flow projections.  She uses this technical knowledge to support community groups who often don’t have that expertise on their team or board.

Lucinda Jeffery

Lucinda is an experienced marketer, with a 12-year work record spanning both the private and charity sector, agency and in-house, organisations large and small. She has a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma, Experimental Psychology BSc and Gastronomy MSc under her belt, covering a diverse range of skills, knowledge and interests. Her expertise lies in marketing strategy, branding and project management.

 

Marion Macdonald

Marion has over 20 years’ experience working in the community environmental sector in the Highlands on waste, transport and energy projects. She has considerable experience of project planning, fundraising, event management, volunteer support, community engagement and partnership working.

 

Pamela Redpath

Pamela is a chartered accountant but following an initial career in banking and accountancy, chose to transfer those skills into supporting the development of third sector organisations.  As well as having a detailed and formal financial knowledge, she is also a specialist in legal and management models for charities and social enterprises.

Cara Gillespie

Based in rural southwest Scotland, Cara has over 25 years' experience working in charities, social enterprises and community groups. Most recently, she was Community Engagement Manager for Foundation Scotland, working with local communities to distribute a £3m portfolio of community benefit funds. Her areas of expertise include governance, business planning, fundraising, financial management, stakeholder engagement and rural community development.

 

OUR PARTNERS:

Design Teams: We have a close working relationship with around 6 design teams with different specialisms eg in heritage, rural, community or energy efficiency

French Duncan: We have a partnership arrangement with this, the biggest accountancy firm in Scotland to provide detailed and relevant VAT advice and guidance to our clients

Unlocking Potential: We work in partnership with UP with many of our impact assessment because we believe relationship and networks are key to the strength of communities and the happiness of individuals

Scottish Community Alliance: We work alongside SCA in the delivery of the Accelerate programme.

Artis: Our preferred coders and web builders who construct our websites to the bespoke instruction  of our in-house designers.

Movement: Practitioner led Sport experts who work with on the more in-depth sports projects.

 Unlocking PotentialArtis Digital Ltd Movement