I have over 35 years’ experience in business and community development, management and leadership, developed through working in the private, public and third sectors in Scotland since 1983, and complemented by post-graduate level qualifications in social sciences and leadership.
I am a highly motivated, dynamic person, with direct experience of economic development in a rural setting, partnership working, community engagement and capacity-building.
With a strong interest in dispersed and collaborative approaches to leadership, I have recently persuaded my Board at tsiMORAY, where I have been Chief Officer since 2013, to merge his role with the Operations Manager role to form a new collaborative and largely self-managing Leadership Team, which I am enjoying hugely.
Discovering the joys of facilitation 20 years ago changed my life and career direction; while I continue to consider everyday ‘a school day’, I am seldom happier than when facilitating participative peer learning in a room full of social entrepreneurs and community activists.
I have hands-on experience of developing and supporting networks, and of community and organisational development, underpinned by a good understanding of a range of social policy issues, and a strong belief in the importance of social justice and community involvement.
With the proven ability to plan, develop, promote, secure support for, manage, monitor and evaluate a wide range of projects, including social research, public consultations, partnership development and community initiatives, I also brings eight years of direct experience managing geographically dispersed teams.