For 35 years I worked in public service. While my role was varied the highlights of my career as a manager was a secondment as the first Assistant Director to a Scottish Business Centre to create safer trading environments; Area Manager where working in partnership within communities was a main priority and as a Project Manager on a number of joint agency projects where shared working and efficiency savings was the intended outcome.
Working with people to do the right thing has always been my ambition. While I can effectively utilise my past experiences to help move the enterprise forward I bring enthusiasm to seek out new opportunities and shall work with others to progress joint working solutions for the benefit of all involved.
My personal ambition is to take Wood Recyclability to the next level of success and be recognised for the good work we do. Working with others to develop training choices and build the commercial division will ensure we secure a long term future for our enterprise.
I am the mother of 3 children, one of whom had learning disabilities and severe epilepsy.
I was chairperson for Enable Scotland, the national charity for learning disabilities for 6 years. For 9 years I was a founder Director and chair of Inspire-Partnership Through Life, providing residential accommodation and work opportunities for vulnerable people.
I have undertaken short European study tours looking at services for people with learning disabilities, gathering information on the various approaches throughout the European union. From 1996 to the present a founder Director of Wood RecyclAbility Ltd, offering training for employment opportunities to vulnerable people.
Going forward Wood RecyclAbility must continue to expand the opportunities it can offer, to improve the individuals own work capabilities and help them reach their own desired potential.
My profession is a teacher. I work both in Primary and Secondary education, supporting young people with Social and Emotional Behaviour Difficulties. I work with a variety of professionals and good communication skills are very important.
I bring these skills to the board but perhaps more importantly I bring my experience as a mother of a young man with a Learning Disability. As a parent I have worked with many professionals to negotiate the best path for our son. I manage a Direct Payment and employ Support Workers to enable our son to live an independent life within the community.
My vision for Wood RecyclAbility is to develop this excellent workplace environment for our workforce and to provide them with a growing number of opportunities to learn and develop both personally and in work based skills.
My profession is a chartered civil engineer and I spent my working life in local government mainly in roads and associated departments. Initially I was involved in design and construction followed by management of the roads service responsible for multi million pound budgets and operational accounts. I had a staff complement of professional technical and operational staff and had a close working relationship with administration personnel and accounting staff.
I bring extensive experience in business management and skills include project management, continuous improvement and development, innovation, resource management and financial control.
My vision for Wood RecyclAbility is to build on the present business with a workplace and offer trainees other opportunities and experiences to enhance their working and personal life.