Joan has been a Board member since 2009 and Convenor since 2013. She also chairs EVOC’s Network of Voluntary Organisations for Children, Young People and Families and represents the Network on a number of multi-agency partnership groupings, including the Children’s Partnership. She is also Chair of Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund, and a Trustee of the Energy People Trust which funds projects aimed at alleviating fuel poverty, especially in relation to children, young people and families. She is Chair of the Edinburgh TSI. Recent past experience includes being Chair of The Yard, a non-executive Board Member of NHS Health Scotland and Vice-chair of Polmont Prison Visiting Committee.
Joan has considerable experience in the charity sector and a particular interest in support for disadvantaged young people. She has a background in health, education and social policy development in the public sector.
Paul joined Bethany Christian Trust in 2006 and is employed as director of Operations, North within the organisations, and as such is a member of Bethany’s Executive Management Team and also an Executive Member of Bethany’s Unitary Board. Within Bethany, Paul has operational responsibility for Bethany’s Edinburgh Visiting Support Service, its 20 social furniture projects, and also for Bethany’s operations in the North of Scotland. Paul is also Project Director for Bethany’s Gateway consortia which provide commissioned services to the City of Edinburgh Council, in partnership with 4 other voluntary sector organsiations.
Paul has a wide experience of working in the field of homelessness, and prior to joining Bethany was employed for a number of years by Blue Triangle (Glasgow) Housing Association, latterly as an Area Manager. Whilst at Blue Triangle Paul had responsibility in a wide area of its homelessness services, with a particular interest in young people who were leaving local authority care.
Adam began his career with Deloitte, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1999. Whilst in practice, he worked with a range of clients in both the public and private sector. Subsequently Adam has pursued a career in senior Finance roles for Financial Services organisations, firstly with Lloyds Banking Group and currently with Virgin Money, where he is Head of Group Planning and Analysis.
In 2006 he took a 6 month career break to travel with his wife, finishing up in rural Malawi where he volunteered with several organisations to help them develop more robust financial systems. Upon his return to Edinburgh Adam became a member of the Scotland Malawi Partnership going on to serve as an active member of their Finance and Audit Committee for 6 years.
I’ve been actively involved with voluntary organisations in a paid and unpaid capacity for 25 years and for the last 5 years as Chairperson of Citadel YC. I previously volunteered with the Children’s Panel and worked for 10 years with Youth Scotland. I’m currently a senior manager with NHS Lothian.
Born in Edinburgh, Andrew currently works for ScotRail, heading up collaborative working and the Partnership Centre of Excellence.
He has extensive CSR experience gained as Group Head of Corporate Responsibility for Standard Life plc (Joining in 1997, responsible for developing and implementing the group’s CSR strategy, board and executive committees and running the various charitable committees and funds). Other roles include Interim CEO of the Financial Services Skills Council, Scottish Business in the Community (Developing CSR with SMEs) and Subject Matter Expert to Ernst & Young (establishing the Ernst & Young Foundation). His work in CSR has seen him working with the EC on issues such as Active Ageing, speaking at closed policy debates with the EC, UN and governments. He has been a Board Director of several charities: Waverley Care, Standard Life Anniversary Appeal, The Pregnancy Support Centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Standard Life Charitable Trust, Resilient Scotland Limited and Voluntary Action Fund. He currently is a member of the Development Advisory Group for Place2Be.
Anne has worked for many years in the Charity sector in Edinburgh both in front line roles and latterly in strategic leadership roles, working closely with Charity Boards on developing services and supporting people. Anne’s background is in HR and she is a Fellow of CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
Chris is lead partner in the corporate department at Gillespie Macandrew and is dual-qualified in Scotland and in England & Wales. He joined the firm as a trainee in 1992 and became a partner in 2002. He has substantial experience assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions and corporate structures for projects, as well as expertise in intellectual property matters and advising businesses in the high tech and food and drink sectors.
Chris has a particular interest in advising family businesses, having grown up in a family business. He works in concert with our land, succession planning and tax specialists to ensure an integrated approach to our advice for family businesses.
Chris is actively involved with Business Gateway’s support services for early-stage businesses, and acts as a volunteer mentor to young entrepreneurs for the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland.
Outside the office, Chris’s interests include singing in a choir, creative writing and live music, particularly the blues.
After working in the international development sector for ten years, Flora moved to Scotland in 2009 and works for Thistle Foundation as their Head of Business Development. Thistle is a long established charity that has pioneered holistic, person-centered support for people with long term conditions. Flora’s interest in person-centered approaches started when she worked at a Montreal based charity that supported people with learning disabilities to live independently. She also serves as a trustee for Penumbra, an innovative mental health charity.
I’ve been Chief Executive at Health in Mind for thirteen years, finding it both challenging and interesting, with good insight and learning. I’ve kept myself updated on wider strategic issues through my current involvement on the Board of Royal Blind and until recently, Volunteer Scotland. I am a great believe in the power of volunteers and felt privileged to work with so many fantastic and impressive staff and volunteers over the years.
I hope my local experience, combined with my previous experience with RNIB, Capability Scotland and OXFAM, where I worked at national level, give me a strategic perspective and local insight which would be useful on the EVOC Board. I would like to contribute to the sustainability of local organisations, which play such a vital role in our communities today.
Jan-Bert has worked for Artlink for over 25 years. Artlink supports the right to participate in cultural life regardless of disability and promotes diversity by drawing on lived experiences to inform arts responses which are relevant and enduring. He is a member of the TSSG and Compact and firmly believes that the Third Sector has an important role to play in constructively and assertively contributing to building sustainable communities. He also likes to run marathons.
As Head of Fundraising and Communications at The Yard, I lead a small team with a target of over £1 million this year. As part of the Senior Management Team, I am responsible for leading the strategic direction and growth of both fundraising and communications. In the five years in post I have overseen the significant growth of income, averaging 30% increase per year. I have also developed a sound understanding of the needs of children and families with disabilities. Prior to my role at The Yard, I was Head of Fundraising at Fairbridge in Scotland, so I have a clear passion and understanding of the needs of the youth sector. I recently completed a three-year tenure as a Trustee of Venture Scotland.
Rhona qualified as a social worker 30 years ago. The first half of her career was in statutory social work (children and families) working for Fife Council before taking up posts with the City of Edinburgh Council. Rhona moved to the voluntary sector in 2001 where she worked for Action for Children, setting up and managing a young people’s drug and alcohol service. Rhona then moved to Scottish Drugs Forum to their Quality Development Team before coming to Circle in February 2012 initially as Project Manager with the Harbour Project. Rhona took up the post of Operations Manager in September 2015 and has now been appointed to Chief Executive and will be taking up her post in January 2017.
An entrepreneurial and creative leader, Vicki has worked in the charitable sector for over 25 years and has proven skills in nurturing and developing organisations and people to deliver results. She is currently CEO of Canongate Youth.
Key achievements have included growing an organisation from scratch, as well as architecting necessary change in more established organisations. A strong skill set, includes the ability to work in challenging environments, including motivating others to drive organisational development.
A visionary with a long and successful track record in strategic thinking and partnership working with good interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and encourage others through change, Vicki is interested in making a difference.