Our People

Thrive, Connect and Fit for Purpose

Our staff structure is based on a common framework through which we report to our members and funders and the Scottish Government.  We categorise all our activities into 3 broad agendas –  Thrive, Connect and Fit for Purpose (Chief Executive team & Board).

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive team is responsible for ensuring that GCVS is ‘Fit for Purpose’. This agenda reflects the internal activity we undertake to ensure that as an employer and lead Third Sector organisation we have strong, effective governance, leadership and management and robust financial and organisational systems and processes.

Helen Macneil

Chief Executive

Pietro Sabatini

Director of Finance

Liz McCall

Finance Manager

Farah Portela

Human Resources Manager

Angela Raeburn

Third Sector Payroll Coordinator

Tracey Burton

Payroll & Finance Service Coordinator

Patricia Scott

Payroll Administrator – Personal Care

Philip Horsfield

Finance Administrator

Sarah Chisholm

Finance Assistant

Erica Clark

Finance & Payroll Assistant

Avneet Mann

Finance & Payroll Assistant

Magloire Sanou

Third Sector Payroll Team Leader

Sarah Stewart

Third Sector Payroll Administrator

Toni Watson

Third Sector Payroll Administrator

Pat Quin

Third Sector Payroll Administrator

Fiona Muir

Third Sector Payroll Administrator

Connect

Through our Connect agenda we seek to support the sector’s collective voice and improve collaborative working by co-ordinating and linking organisations together, providing opportunities for networking and joint working, and finding common cause in the best interest of their wider community.

Liz McEntee

Director of External Affairs

Gillian McCamley

Community Connectors Programme Manager

Suzie Scott

Everyone’s Children Manager

Deborah Mooney

Digital Engagement Officer – Comms Team

Kate Henderson

Information and Communications Officer

Laura Dover

Everyone’s Children Research Worker

Robert Ball

Information and Admin Assistant

Colin Vincent

Community Connectors Programme Co-Ordinator

Susan Clark

Community Connectors Practitioner (North West)

Jane Monan

Community Connectors Practitioner (North East – Maternity Cover)

Emma Hodge

Community Connectors Practitioner (Southside)

Katherine Nicol

Community Connectors Practitioner (North West)

Mhairi Ross

Community Connectors Practitioner (North East – Maternity Leave)

Michelle Higgins

Community Connectors Admin & Client Liaison Officer

Fiona Mowat

Community Connectors Admin & Client Liaison Officer

Thrive

Our ‘Thrive’ agenda reflects the extensive work we do with Third Sector organisations, providing them with an expanding range of practical and technical support services, to improve their management, governance and sustainability.

Ruth Farquharson

SVQ Centre Manager

Carrie Shearer

SVQ Administrator

Linden Stables

Employers’ Advice Service Manager

Sallie Condy

Community Learning and Development (CLD) Service Coordinator

Karen Armstrong

Community Learning and Development (CLD) Service Worker

Phil Broadley

Capacity Building Officer

Melissa Duffy

Customer Services Team Leader

Debbie Ray

Customer Services (Administrator)

James Rodger

Customer Services (Facilities)

Samantha Moran

Customer Services Front of House

Christina McEwan

Customer Services (Assistant)

Andy Heede

IT Support

Jamie Farquharson

Albany Café

Sharon Rae

Albany Café

Malcolm Mill

Capacity Building Volunteer

GCVS Board

GCVS is a registered charity and is voluntary-managed by board representatives from our member organisations and partner organisations.

Shona Stephen

Chair
Organisation:
Queens Cross Housing Association

Shona joined our board in 2012 and was elected Chairperson at our AGM in December 2014. Shona took up post as Chief Executive of Queens Cross Housing Association in February 2011 after seven years as a senior Civil Servant. Within Scottish Government she advised Ministers on a wide range of policy areas including Homelessness, Fuel Poverty, Older People’s Housing and Housing Support amongst others and oversaw the introduction of The Home Owners and Debtor Protection Act 2010.

Prior to this she held the posts of Director for Glasgow and then Director of Regeneration within Communities Scotland as a member of its Corporate Management Team. Before that spent 5 years as Director for Policy and Development with The Prince’s Trust and was responsible for amongst other programmes the national roll out of XL aimed at those at risk of exclusion from school. This post also saw her delivering a number of national projects for Scottish Government.

Her career in housing began 25 years ago in the Woodlands area of Glasgow where she worked for the Woodlands Community Development Trust providing low cost housing for sale. She then spent 11 years setting up, and working for, a range of Housing Associations in Easterhouse, latterly as Director of Lochfield Park Housing Co-operative.

Shona is passionate about community regeneration and community control and has particular interest and experience in arts and regeneration and issues facing excluded and vulnerable young people.

Janis McDonald

Member Director
Organisation: 
Scottish Council on Deafness

Shona joined our board in 2012 and was elected Chairperson at our AGM in December 2014. Shona took up post as Chief Executive of Queens Cross Housing Association in February 2011 after seven years as a senior Civil Servant. Within Scottish Government she advised Ministers on a wide range of policy areas including Homelessness, Fuel Poverty, Older People’s Housing and Housing Support amongst others and oversaw the introduction of The Home Owners and Debtor Protection Act 2010.

Prior to this she held the posts of Director for Glasgow and then Director of Regeneration within Communities Scotland as a member of its Corporate Management Team. Before that spent 5 years as Director for Policy and Development with The Prince’s Trust and was responsible for amongst other programmes the national roll out of XL aimed at those at risk of exclusion from school. This post also saw her delivering a number of national projects for Scottish Government.

Her career in housing began 25 years ago in the Woodlands area of Glasgow where she worked for the Woodlands Community Development Trust providing low cost housing for sale. She then spent 11 years setting up, and working for, a range of Housing Associations in Easterhouse, latterly as Director of Lochfield Park Housing Co-operative.

Shona is passionate about community regeneration and community control and has particular interest and experience in arts and regeneration and issues facing excluded and vulnerable young people.

Sandy Farquharson

Member Director
Organisation: 
Marie Trust

Sandy is currently the Director of the Marie Trust in Glasgow having been appointed in 2008. He was previously a General Manager Scotland for Age Concern, Enterprises Scotland having joined them in 2000 after a long career in business namely with Nationwide eventually becoming Scottish Manager. He has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 40 years mainly as a volunteer and through his activities as a Rotarian. He is also currently a Director/Treasurer (Voluntary Position) of Plus in Stirling, a children and young people’s charity providing social activities for both mentally and disabled children and young adults. He is also a Board Member of ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations). He was awarded a Civic Award for contributions to the voluntary sector in Stirling at a function in Stirling Castle in 2008.