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OUR STAFF:

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Dani Horton

Design Team

Dani has 9+ 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 for 4 years as the Website Administrator, Membership Secretary and Vice President. She is currently the Website Administrator and Membership Secretary for ABW's umbrella organisation Association of Scottish Businesswoman (ASB). 

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.

 

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.

 

Claire Martin

Development Team

Claire has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the public, private and third sector.  She has worked in human rights, restorative justice, international development (mostly in India) and community development in Scotland and England. She holds a MSc in International Development Studies and She a LLB.  She is a qualified solicitor, with experience of private and legally aid funded court work in family law, child protection, housing, adults with incapacity and mental health law. Claire has also worked as a researcher, and Children’s Reporter. 

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

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.

Annie Nickolay-Blake

Design Team

Annie co-ordinates the activities of the studio and keeps the wheels turning. She has a background in Art History and balances work between project support and her own practice. She has a particular interest in the impact of design and the environment on wellbeing, and has explored this within organisations including Grizedale Arts and ONCA.

Celisse Macaulay

Development Team

Celisse has 10 years’ experience working with communities of both place and interest. From a background in international education and fundraising, Celisse has most recently applied these skills to the support and development of community organisations in the Southside of Glasgow.  She works on a range of projects using her research and analysis skills to provide project support to our Development Team.

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.

 

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.

Kate Sarti

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. 

OUR BOARD:

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.

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.

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.

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.

OUR ASSOCIATES:

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.

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.

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.

Chris Sutherland

Chris has over 30 years' experience of working in third sector and public sector organisations, undertaking a wide range of roles within regeneration, skills and employability, community engagement, youth work, health, and social care. Chris’ areas of expertise include business development, bid and tender writing, skills and employability, stakeholder engagement and capacity building. 

Wilma Brown

Wilma has experience in developing partnerships with organisations in community settings, having worked in training and education and the third sector for many years, mainly in rural areas.  Stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and supporting locally derived solutions to development are her particular areas of expertise.

Nicola Hanssen

Nicola is an RMN to trade and has lived and worked in Health and Social care settings in both Norway and Scotland for over 30 years. She has both a background in Health and Social Care commissioning and led a registered charity and social enterprise for 10 years.

Margaret O'Connor

Margaret has supported a wide range of third sector and public agencies to achieve community, social and business objectives.  She worked as a chief executive of a small charity and spent around 20 years as a senior manager in local government.  Her background is in community development, the arts, social housing and health and she is MBA qualified.

Ben Williams

Ben is a Project Manager by trade and his areas of specialism include project planning, programme management and business development. After leaving the private sector, he developed a keen interest in Social Entrepreneurship and spent 5 years working as a development officer, for Ullapool Community Trust, on a range of regeneration projects. Ben also lectures in Business Management at UHI.

Kim McAllister

Kim has been with Community Enterprise since 2016, working on a diverse range of projects. Her areas of expertise include marketing and communications, business planning, strategy development and project management.

Aidan Pia

Aidan was Executive Director at Senscot from 2001 until 2020 - overseeing activities which included the establishment of local and thematic SENs – as well as, with others, the formation of a number of the organisations that are now part of our social enterprise support infrastructure in Scotland. Aidan continues to do some freelance work on a part-time basis.

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