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 is an experienced social care practitioner and leader, having worked for over 20 years in the area of homelessness. From 2006 until 2017 Paul was an Executive Director with Bethany Christian Trust and worked in the areas of Operations and more recently in Income Generation and Development. Prior to joining Bethany, Paul was employed by Blue Triangle (Glasgow) Housing Association, latterly as an Area Manager. Whilst at Blue Triangle Paul had responsibility for a wide area of its homelessness services, with a particular interest in young people who were leaving local authority care.
Paul has been a Board Member of EVOC since 2009 and also serves on EVOC’s Finance and Resources Committee. He has been Vice-Convenor since 2013. In addition to his Trustee role with EVOC, Paul is a member of the UK Board of the Charity Retail Association and has recently been appointed to the Independent Fundraising Standards & Adjudication Panel for Scotland.
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.
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.
Flora has more than 15 years’ experience of managing complex programmes internationally. After settling in Scotland nearly eight years ago, joined Thistle Foundation; a health and wellbeing organisation known for pioneering person centred approaches in a range of health and social care settings. She is currently the Alliance Manager for Future Pathways, a partnership of four organisation formed to help people who were abused or neglected as children while they were living in care in Scotland access person-centred support. She also brings board experience having served Penumbra for 5 years and currently supporting EVOC since 2014.
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.