Sarah Brown represents the Church of Scotland’s Ministries Council on our Board. She seeks to live her life in all its fullness and encourages others to do the same. The arts are her hobby as well as her delight and everything from music and art to storytelling and theatre productions inspire her to live more deeply. “Every day is a school day” and learning new things, whether it be about the people whose lives she encounters as a parish minister or more formal education helps her to understand the world more each day. Sarah can often be found being dragged along by her two border collies Darcy and Annie
Liz Cameron’s career spans more than 30 years holding senior positions in the private sector where her strategic leadership and visionary focus are widely acclaimed. She is currently a Director/Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Limited. Liz is a much s ought after commentator on behalf of business, and recognised for her success in setting up and successfully running a number of small businesses. Her business expertise is widely utilised through a number of non-executive Directorships in Scotland and the USA. Liz has previously served as the Vice Chair of the Scottish National Lottery Committee.Liz is recognised in the Scottish Business Insider’s Top 10 Women of Influence in Scotland, shortlisted as Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2013 Scottish Business Awards and recently awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2014 for her outstanding services to business and commerce
Cam Donaldson holds the Yunus Chair in Social Business & Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a leading health economics researcher. Since taking up the Yunus Chair in 2010, his main focus has been in assessing impacts of microcredit and social business on health and wellbeing, funded mostly through a jointly-funded grant from the Medical Research Council and Economic & Social Research Council.
Aileen Higginson studied Mathematics and Statistics at Aberdeen and after an early academic career at both Aberdeen and Strathclyde University moved to PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), where she stayed for over 20 years, living and working in the USA, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands and India. Aileen recently retired from her role as Global Operations Director and is currently a Samaritan and a member of The Children’s Panel.
Jaqueline (Jake) Crawley is a single mother to three sons. Her sons are the most important part of her life. She has worked various jobs over the year which allowed her to be there to pick them up after school. Jake has been a member of Scotland’s first SRG called Women@Work in Provanmill SRG since March 2011. Now that her sons are older Jake has more flexibility and can work hours to suit herself. She is currently working towards becoming self-employed within Women @ Work in Provanmill SRG’s Laundry called ‘Fluff & Fold’. Jake is delighted to be on the Board to share her vast knowledge and experience of being part of the organisation’s longest running group.
Trishy Gannon was born in Maidstone Kent in 1978 and lived there until her late teens, working as a race car driving instructor and race marshal. She spent over 10 years working as Head Entertainer across various hotels and holiday parks in Mallorca and the UK. She met her husband while working in one of the holiday parks and relocated to Scotland in January 2010. They didn’t know anyone at first and with no support network of them and their four children it was hard going. Trishy is now part of the Rainbow Creations SRG, which is going from strength to strength.
Marie Therese, an active community member, is part of the Maryhill SRG where she has been a member for over 3 years. While she is not busying promoting the work of WEvolution, you will find her taking care of her three kids. She also sits as Commissioner on the Poverty Truth Commission adding her perspective to the dialogue around poverty in Glasgow. She brings with her years of experience working in the technology industry and is looking forward to using her experience as a voice for other SRG members. In her own words, “Having been out of work and a stranger to the area, I found being in an SRG has given me newfound confidence to get
Jim Spowart is a highly respected business figure in Scotland being the founder of Direct Line Financial Services, Standard Life Bank and Intelligent Finance. He was also a Commissioner to the Church of Scotland which examined the downturn in the economy. He has served on many Boards and has been described as one of the most innovative Bankers in the last decade.
Alasdair is leader of the Community Planning and Empowerment Unit in the Scottish Government’s Local Government and Communities Directorate. He led the development of the Community Empowerment Action Plan that was launched jointly with COSLA in March 2009. He also played a key part in developing the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Strategy launched in December 2011. He is currently responsible for policy on community planning and developing the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill. He also has responsibility for policy on community councils. Alasdair has been a civil servant since 1993 and has worked in the area of community engagement and regeneration for over ten years, having worked both in central Government and in the Regeneration Division of Communities Scotland previously. Before that Alasdair worked in various policy areas in Government, including Social Inclusion and Welfare to Work.
Martin is the Secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council, facilitating its social and political engagement across Scottish society. Previously he was Priority Areas Secretary, supporting the Church’s work in its poorest 68 neighborhoods. He helped to establish Faith in Community Scotland and Scotland’s Poverty Truth Commission and is involved in a range of agencies committed to tackling poverty and inequality. Martin is deliberately hopeful and passionate about the people who struggle against poverty being in the driving seat of the movement to overcome it. He acts as an adviser to the trustees.