Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive
Fiona is on secondment to The Promise for a year, returning in July 2022. During that time Carolyn Sawers is Acting CEO. This reflects Fiona, and Corra Foundation’s ongoing commitment to helping #KeepThePromise. Given Corra’s role as a grant maker, including in managing The Promise Partnership, clear arrangements are in place to ensure Fiona is not involved in any aspect of Corra’s grant making or governance whilst she’s seconded. More information on management and governance of the Promise Partnership can be found here.
I have over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector in Scotland and overseas. At Corra I have driven a new strategy for the organisation that includes supporting communities to drive lasting change in systems, practice and culture. Prior to joining Corra Foundation, I spent seven years at THINK Consulting Solutions, a leading international consultancy dedicated to not for profits where I was responsible for strategic planning assignments, working mainly overseas.
Carolyn Sawers, Acting Chief Executive
I deliver Corra Foundation’s strategy, supporting the team to ensure we are making a difference for people and communities in Scotland. I have worked for 20 years across political, academic and public sectors in Scotland. Most of that time has been with organisations awarding grants to community and voluntary groups - a privilege and joy. Corra Foundation is an inspiring place to be. It is a place where good ideas can develop, grow and take flight.
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Luke McCullough, Chair
Luke McCullough became a trustee with Corra Foundation in August 2015 and chairs the Communications and Engagement Steering Group. Luke is BBC Scotland’s Head of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy. Luke has held a number of previous appointments, including Trustee of Northsound Cash for Kids and as patron of the Kincardine and Mearns Special Needs Play Forum. He recently stepped down as Chair of the Royal High School Parent Council. Luke is married with university-aged children, and lives in Edinburgh.
Jude Turbyne, Deputy Chair
Jude Turbyne became a trustee in 2018. Most of her professional life was spent working in the charity sector, primarily international development. For much of that time she worked in Latin America and the Caribbean with Christian Aid, ultimately managing at regional level. She returned to Scotland to become Head of Engagement with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) before joining Children in Scotland as CEO. Judith has studied in Edinburgh and Bath, culminating in a PhD looking at empowerment in development.
Joy Barlow, MBE
Joy became a trustee in 2013 and was appointed Chair of the PDI Steering Group in 2016. Currently Joy is advising the Health Service Executive (Social Inclusion) and Child and Family Agency (TuSLA) of the Irish Government on work-force development and the progress of the ‘Hidden Harm’ agenda, supporting children and families affected by substance use. She holds an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at Glasgow Caledonian University and was awarded an MBE in 1998.
Elizabeth Carmichael, CBE
Elizabeth became a trustee in 2016. Over the past nine years she has served as a Non-Executive Director on several Non-Departmental Public Bodies, and is currently a member of the State Hospital Board. Before this, she was a civil servant in the Scottish Government/Scottish Executive where she worked on policy development in education, health, finance and voluntary sector issues before heading the Community Justice Division in 1999. In 2006 she was awarded the CBE.
Claire became a trustee in 2016. Her career was built in social work, working with and for those most excluded and disadvantaged. She has fifteen years’ experience delivering and leading work aimed at supporting those multiply excluded. She was previously the Chief Executive of homeless charity Streetwork, which delivers specialist support to people facing severe and multiple deprivation. Claire is a graduate of The Robert Gordon University, The University of Edinburgh and the Open University.
David became a trustee in 2016. In 2011 David joined the Scottish Government as National Coordinator for Sexual Health and HIV. As the policy lead in this area he was able to continue influencing the way HIV is perceived in Scotland and how those living with the disease are treated. He stood down from this in September 2015. David is Chair of Children’s Parliament and the adoption panel of St Andrew’s Children’s Society.
Fiona became a trustee in 2015 and sits on the Audit Committee. She is currently Chief Executive of Visionary which is a membership organisation for local sight loss charities across the UK. Fiona has held several senior posts in the third sector for over 25 years. Currently she is a trustee of Blindcraft and has been a trustee of Scottish Council on Visual Impairment. She is a graduate of the Open University with an MBA.
Richard has enjoyed a long career in managing pension funds, investment trusts and unit trusts. He also managed a family office for several years and was a director of several investment trusts as well as convenor of the Investment Committee of the National Trust for Scotland. Now semi-retired he advises two family groups and is a member of the Kilfinan Group which provides mentors for the heads of charities. He is a trustee of the Saltire Society Trust and the Peregrine Ardnamurchan Charity Trust.
Christine's career is in public finance, most recently as Director of Finance for Health in Scottish Government, where she was responsible for delivering value for the £14 billion annual budget. She has also held a number of senior finance roles within NHS Scotland and in UK management consultancy. Christine is a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Finance & Accountancy and is also a Carnegie UK Trustee.
Mildred Zimunya is head of operations with CBMUK, working with disabled people in areas of poverty across the world. Mildred brings with her a wealth of experience in working in leadership roles within the Third sector and health and social care. Mildred brings with her vast experience in working alongside marginalised and minority ethnic communities. Mildred is a member of various groups including Scottish Alliance for International Development and Gender Institute Research Advisory Group.
Michaela Collins, MBE
Michaela is Chief Executive of Peek (Possibilities for each and every child) and has over 13 years’ experience in developing, leading and managing community projects with children, young people and families impacted by poverty in Glasgow. Michaela was a UNICEF Flying Scot Ambassador during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and helped to raise over £6million for UNICEF UK. Michaela was recognised as one of YWCA Scotland’s 2019 ‘30 under 30’ - http://www.ywcascotland.org/30-under-30-michaela-collins/
Core Operations is focussed on delivering a high level of customer service and has responsibility for developing and running the foundation’s systems, processes, policies and procedures to enable effective delivery of our strategy.
Aileen Drummond, Core Operations Officer
I help make sure the foundation runs smoothly and that our systems support us in making a difference to lives in Scotland. I have over 15 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector as part of the foundation and have expertise across all aspects of administration, including: communications with stakeholders; office management; and database development. I have developed a rich knowledge of the voluntary sector and of the organisations we work with and support.
Barbara Zahra, Core Operations & Finance Manager
With experience across a range of accounting disciplines, my role at Corra is to oversee financial accounting, I have had the privilege to have worked in South Africa, Australia, UK and the US. My expertise covers Accounting, Auditing and Business and Financial management in different industries in the private, public and third sector Corra provides me with the opportunity to drive positive change across Scotland through uplifting disadvantaged communities.
Caroline Evens, Core Operations & Finance Officer (Financial Accounting)
My role at Corra is to take care of the money coming in and going out of the organisation, keeping it tidy and shipshape, so every colleague who needs financial information has it at their fingertips. I have previously worked in similar roles, nearly all in the voluntary sector, though this is the first time working for a grant-giving body. The positivity of Corra’s vision and mission is inspiring, and I am glad to be part of the team working towards these goals.
Karen Brown, Head of Core Operations
My varied role has led me to develop a broad range of skills including; governance; management, administration, facilities and events; finance and investments; HR; IT and database development; and change management. I love the variety of my job, and that of Corra’s continued evolution. It’s a privilege to work in the voluntary sector, and to see the direct benefit that our work brings.
Meilan Whiteley, Core Operations & Finance Officer (Project Management Accounting)
Having worked in different business sectors in both China and UK, I obtained a broad knowledge and work experience in accounting, marketing, management and administration. I joined Corra in March 2021 and my role is that of Project Management Accounting. I support our Programme/Grants Team to utilies and distribute resources efficiently and effectively to fulfil Corra's long term strategy. I love what Corra is striving to achieve - to encourage people to make positive change for a better life and to make a difference for a better community. I like working with Corra-ians and I am privileged to be one of them.
Natalia Best, Governance & Executive Support
I provide governance and executive support to both the Corra Executive team and the Board of Trustees. Before joining Corra, I held a number of Company Secretarial roles both in-house and in consulting. I enjoy using these skills and experiences in my varied work at Corra. I feel very fortunate to be part of Corra, an organisation that shares the same values as me, helping make changes to people and communities.
Seonaid Tennent, Core Operations Support
I have a varied role at Corra supporting the foundation’s systems, processes and procedures. Day to day I am involved in office management, administration, health & safety, IT and database support. Corra is a very rewarding organisation to work for and I enjoy being part of a dedicated team that is driving positive change in peoples lives.
Victoria Olu-Audu, Core Operations & Finance Manager
My work experience has spanned the private, public & third Sectors over the last 20 years in the UK and overseas. In that time I have worked in Finance, Project Management, Operations, Business Process & Systems Management. I enjoy my work at Corra because it maximises my skillset. Also, it is hugely rewarding to hear stories of the change we are both igniting and supporting across Scotland.
We make sure that people know about our work and that Corra Foundation has a strong, positive profile.
Ania Kolman, Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Intern
I joined Policy and Communications Team as a part of Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme organised by John Smith Institute in the autumn 2021. My background and interest are in Psychology and Mental Health, especially in Minority Ethnic Communities. As well as my internship with Corra, I work part-time for Feniks a charity providing counselling and support to Polish and other eastern Europeans living in Scotland.
Katrina Eves, Communications Support Assistant
I support the Policy and Communications team with day-to-day administrative and communications tasks, including helping to promote and produce events, blogs, news releases, social media content, and newsletters. My role also includes the support of Corra’s website champions, where I assist staff with web development and updates. I have a passion for Scotland and its people, and so I love being a part of Corra which holds both at the heart of its work!
Ffyona Taylor, Policy and Communications Manager
I support Corra's policy and influencing activity, including through developing a programme of events and supporting Corra's thinking on relevant issues. As a team, we work creatively to include the voices of people and communities at the centre of Corra's activities and vision for positive change.
Shasta Ali, DEI and Engagement Officer
I support our diversity, equity and inclusion work as well as leading on the community stories at Corra. I have 18 years experience in the Third sector and have worked in race equality and addressing hate crime at a national and strategic level. I have a background in community development, especially working alongside Ethnic Minority communities. I am inspired by Corra's commitment to strengthening people’s voices and shifting power to communities to address inequalities and create positive change.
Shelley Gray, Head of Policy and Communications
I support our engagement, ranging from individuals to organisations. My background is in policy and strategic development; communication and engagement, including creative approaches; and partnership working. I have over a decade of experience in the voluntary sector, and I’ve worked closely with Scottish Government on several pieces of legislation and until recently chaired the SNAP Health and Social Care Action Group. I believe passionately in Corra’s message: that people are experts in their own lives.
We have been working on restructuring our grants team in the last year and as a result there have been some staffing changes. This includes Connie, our Head of Grants, stepping back to reduce her hours and have more family time, and Tom, who was our Grants Development Lead, taking up this role. We said a fond farewell to Sarah, who has been a Grant Advisor with Corra for the last 13 years, as she went off to start a new chapter in her life and enjoy some valuable time with her grandchildren. A number of staff have also taken up new roles and we will have some new staff joining our growing team very soon. Please feel free to get in touch with any of the team – we are always happy to chat!
Anne Gribbon, Grants Advisor
I recently joined Corra am part of the Community Grants Team. I’ve worked in the voluntary sector for over 10 years for a variety of organisations, mainly in finance roles. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with organisations across Scotland who are making positive changes in the community.
Catriona Henderson, Programme Lead
I manage Corra Foundation’s administration of the Scottish Government’s CYPFEIF and ALEC Funds. I am a Professional Member of the Association for Project Management (APM) and a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations (CIPR). I also hold a qualification in executive coaching and mentoring. Having worked at the foundation for over ten years it is still inspiring to see funding being used to make a positive difference.
Chrissie Hirst, International Specialist
I lead Corra’s international work. This involves supporting organisations during application, ongoing administration, and evaluation of funded projects, as well as learning and engagement on international development funding, which includes my participation in the Policy Committee of Scotland’s International Development Alliance. My career has been in international development, mostly based overseas and including roles with several different organisations (ranging from voluntary and community-based work to programme and policy posts with international NGOs and the United Nations). Corra’s ethos of partnerships and prioritising communities provides an excellent framework for international funding, it’s exciting to bring my experience to this role.
Christine Kennedy, Grants Support Co-ordinator (maternity cover)
Hello, I’m Christine and have recently joined the CYPFEIF & ALEC Fund covering Maren while she is on maternity leave. I will continue to provide support to 116 community-based organisations receiving funding, assisting with reporting, finances and coordinating a programme to build capacity. I am new to the Voluntary sector having previously worked in the private arena, however I frequently worked alongside third sector organisations creating powerful partnerships. I am delighted to be working with Corra, contributing in their mission to make positive change for people and communities.
Connie Williamson, Grants Advisor
I have been working with Corra for over 20 years, spending time as an assessor, a grants manager and latterly as a member of the senior management team. I now work part time as a Grant Advisor and really enjoy being involved in assessing and supporting charities which deliver a vast range of interesting and vital services for our communities. After 20 years, I am still constantly inspired by the dedication of the people who work in the Scottish voluntary sector.
David Cameron, Grants Advisor
I joined Corra as a Grant Advisor in March 2021 and I’m part of the Partnership Drug Initiative and Wellbeing Team. I have over 20 years experience of working across Scotland’s Third Sector, in the fields of HIV, Hepatitis C and Sexual Health, Advocacy, and Mental Health, both as an operational Senior Manager and in Income Generation. I feel passionate about individuals and communities and that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to live well and flourish.
Debbie Kaney, Grants Advisor
My job is to support organisations applying for grants: helping them explore their goals, their plans, and understanding their impact. I have extensive voluntary sector experience, including as a trustee and chair of a small organisation. I love meeting people, finding out what communities are doing and helping to make new connections. I am inspired by people getting together to do something good, and often discovering and developing new skills along the way.
Fiona McIntosh, Grants Support Worker
My role is to provide admin and data management support to The Promise Partnership and other funds within Corra. I have 30 years experience working in the public sector and have enjoyed the variety of the roles throughout that time.
Garry Donegan, Grants Advisor
My role is to listen to and support organisations funded through the CYPFEIF & ALEC, working as part of the Corra team to plan and deliver a wider programme of capacity building, learning and engagement events for funded organisations. An experienced fundraiser and business development professional, with an MSc in Social Enterprise, I am passionate about Scotland’s committed, dynamic and diverse Third Sector in all its forms. My biggest joys in life are my two sons, my partner and the time spent playing on the floor or in the woods.”
Hana Graham, Grants Support Worker
I've worked in the charity and public sector for over 10 years, initially working as a Support Worker in community-based services, before moving into administrative roles. At Corra, I work to provide administrative and general support to the Grants Team. I live in an area of Glasgow where people often experience isolation and stigma associated with poverty, and I value the importance of community and connection. Outside of work, I like Freddie Mercury, making zines and befriending everyone’s dogs.
Iain Rorke, Grants Advisor
My job is to work with charities funded through the CYPFEIF & ALEC Funds while developing a programme for building long term capacity in the organisations we work with. I have extensive third sector experience, working as; a grant seeker, grants advisor and grant programme manager for various organisations. I am motivated by the Corra’s positive and forward-looking ambition to be an excellent grant maker that collaborates with others to get the programme right.
James Alexander, Salesforce Support Worker
My role is to provide support across the grants team, offering administrative assistance, as well as aiding organisations through the online application process. I am a graduate in the digital arts and I’m currently studying Computing IT and design with the Open University.
Jane Rosegrant, Grants Development Lead
My role is to help develop #ShiftthePower Scotland, especially supporting applicants and grant holders to make the most of this new programme. I bring to this work long experience of being both a grant seeker and a grant maker and managing social, education and environment projects. Corra’s approach excites me for the open-minded way the grant process is developed and I am delighted to work with diverse community groups across Scotland to support their projects.
John Hamilton, Drugs & Alcohol Specialist
I’m one of the two Drugs and Alcohol Specialists working in the Wellbeing Team. I have specific responsibility for the Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI), Children and Families Fund, and Supporting Birth Parents whose child(ren) have been permanently removed from their care. I provide guidance and support to Grant Advisors within the team. In addition to grant management experience I worked for a long time in statutory and third sector services supporting people who use alcohol and drugs.
Julie Aitken, Community Grants Specialist
My role is to manage a number of our grant programmes focused on housing, communities, and mental health, amongst others. This includes our Comic Relief Shift the Power Fund and Henry Duncan grants. Our team are here to support organisations to make positive change in their communities alongside developing participatory grant making approaches in Corra. I hold an MSc in Social Policy and Research Methods alongside over 10 years experience across the third sector in arts, environmental, and community development roles.
Kelly McFadden, Promise Partnership Manager
Children, young people and families are important to me therefore it is a privilege to manage The Promise Partnership and The Listening Fund. Both funds recognise the importance of listening and collaborating with those who the services are aimed to support. I have over 15 years experience in the voluntary sector, working with drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and criminal justice. Working at Corra is a real pleasure, we are an organisation who understands the importance of challenging power imbalance and encouraging positive change.
Lawrence Bicheno, Grants Advisor
I joined Corra team in October 2021 and have joined the Partnership Drugs Initiative, reviewing applications to the Local Support and Improvement Fund. I have worked as a Fundraiser since 2019 and I am enjoying seeing fundraising from the grant making side. Working alongside, helping and learning from the many organisations that Corra support has been very rewarding so far and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to lend my skills to such important causes.
Malcolm Dunn, Grants Advisor
I support third sector organisations funded through the CYPFEIF and ALEC Funds, building relationships with and supporting organisations. I have skills in fundraising, marketing and project development and significant grant making experience from the public sector and BBC Children in Need. I have worked as a community development officer for 6 years. I have been fortunate enough to work with many inspirational individuals and organisations. I am particularly motivated to address inequality and collaborative working.
Maren Thompson, Grants Support Co-ordinator (currently on maternity leave)
Maren is on maternity leave from May 2021.
I provide support to 118 community-based organisations receiving the CYPFEIF & ALEC Funds, assisting with reporting, finances and coordinating a programme to build capacity. I have over ten years of experience working in the third sector including Oxfam, Mercy Corps and Transparency International, and experience of coordinating and delivering development projects, primarily in Asia Pacific. Currently I’m a Trustee for the Nepal Education Foundation. I am proud to be part of Corra’s approach to grant-making.
Matthew Gilbert-Straw, Drugs and Alcohol Specialist
I am responsible for the Challenge Fund and am part of the PDI team. This involves providing guidance, reviewing applications, and working with successful applicants to capture the value of their work. My role has given me the opportunity to see the development of innovative projects all across Scotland. Qualified in Community Education, I have over 16 years’ experience of working in the third sector, primarily with individuals and families affected by drugs including alcohol.
Natalia Lewandowska, Grants Advisor
I work primarily on Drugs Services Funds, helping organisations make an impact on the most pressing challenges in our society. I came to Corra with wide experience across the third sector, community and arts. After graduating in law, I moved to Scotland and shifted my career into fundraising, working with third sector organisations and major cultural institutions. I currently sit on the board of Craft Scotland, where I’m part of the equality & diversity committee. I’m inspired by Corra’s commitment to driving and supporting social change, and proud to be a part of that constant mission.
Peter Gilpin, Grants Advisor
I recently joined Corra as a Grants Advisor and I will be primarily working across the Partnership Drugs Initiative and Children & Families funds. I come to Corra with 10 years of experience of working in Scotland's Third Sector, in various roles from Youth Worker to Fundraising Manager. I'm looking forward to building strong relationships and working closely with organisations who are supporting children, young people and families affected by drugs and alcohol.
Rayana Mohammed, Assistant Grants Advisor
Hello, I am the 2027 associate who joined Corra in August 2021. I work in a few different funds which has been great for my learning and understanding of grant-making and this sector as a whole. I am excited and very motivated by my peers and the organisations we work alongside. My background is in health studies, however, over the years my idea of health has shifted from being very clinical and scientific to more of an applied and social understanding. It is a pleasure to work for an open-minded and forward-thinking foundation, and I hope I can apply what I know, and what I will continue to learn to make a difference.
Rosalind Becroft, Grant Support Co-ordinator (Maternity Cover)
I joined Corra in October 2021 to provide support support across Corra’s suite of drugs services funds. Having begun my career in arts marketing and admin, I transitioned to grant administration in 2013 and have since enjoyed seeing the depth and breadth of projects happening across Scotland. I'm delighted to be a part of Corra's relational approach to grantmaking and look forward to learning more about the projects being supported.
Rowan Anderson, Programme Lead
I manage the Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI), working closely with colleagues at the Scottish Government and beyond. I also represent the foundation in a number of national groups. My experience is varied, ranging from strategy development to qualitative research. I have also managed public health programmes. I have had the privilege of working closely with inspiring, dedicated community representatives and believe strongly that lived experience and community voices should be central to policy and practice.
Shaunagh Jones, Grants Advisor
I’m a Grants Advisor in the Wellbeing team and I work on the Children and Families Fund, and Supporting Birth Parents Whose Child(ren) Have Been Permanently Removed From Their Care. I provide guidance and support, assess applications, and manage grants. Outside of work, I volunteer on a national helpline supporting survivors of gender-based violence.
Tom Baughan, Head of Grants
I work across Corra supporting core grant programmes and those delivered on behalf of other organisations, as well as providing additional services as part of Fortify. I hold an MSc in Grant-making, Philanthropy and Social Investment from the Centre of Charity Excellence at Cass Business School, as well as qualifications in Charity Finance (ICAEW), Fundraising Management (IoF) and Charity Management (ICSA). I believe in Corra’s dedication to philanthropy and whole-hearted commitment to empowering people.
Veronica Hetherington, Grants Advisor
I’ve recently joined Corra as part of the PDI team. I have over 20 years experience working in the voluntary and public sector, mainly for grant giving organisations. I’ve met some wonderful and dedicated people in that time and seen a lot of positive change. I’m passionate about fairness, equality and tackling disadvantage so people and communities have equal chances in life, and I’m looking forward to supporting organisations to help make that happen.
Learning and Development helps the organisation and our partners understand the differences and impacts our funding and delivery of our programmes has for people, communities and groups across Scotland.
Elaine Wilson, Head of Learning & Development
I work closely with colleagues to collate knowledge and evidence, letting us learn from our past work and contribute more in the future. I also oversee the development and training programme for all of our staff. I have strong analytical skills and can look outside the box, developing supportive approaches to monitoring and evaluation. The people I meet every day inspire me in their commitment to new and innovative ways of working.
Melina Maiworm, Evaluation & Learning Officer
At Corra, I help to collect, collate and analyse data and evidence to allow us to better understand the impact of our funding and programmes with a focus on listening to the people, communities and organisations we support in order to shape and inform our work. I have a background in community education, and a key belief that underpins all my work is to actively listen to people and communities to understand their experiences and needs.
Through People in Place we are Getting Alongside Communities that traditional grant funding has struggled to reach; working in places with an Appetite for Change; and sharing our learning to help create an enabling policy framework to enhance place-based working.
Allan Farmer, Head of Place
I lead the development and delivery of the People in Place programme. I have over 15 years’ experience within the third sector, working to support community-led change. Prior to joining Corra I held positions such as the Director of WHALE Arts the cultural anchor organisation for Wester Hailes in Edinburgh. I am inspired by my amazing colleagues and by Corra’s ambition and commitment to innovation and systemic change.
Angela Smith, Community Co-ordinator
My role is to work with communities that grant makers traditionally don’t reach by supporting the community of Langlees, Falkirk. I do this by supporting the community to identify assets and build links with partners. Supporting areas where confidence is a barrier is my starting point in mapping out the community needs and aspirations. I believe you must work with communities on a grassroots level for any valuable change to happen.
Cath McNally, Programme Officer & Promise Partnership Participations & Connections Officer
My role is to work with communities that grant making traditionally doesn’t reach. I work with the residents within Fernhill to build capacity and support them to create and shape the community in which they live.
Emily Wallace, National Programme Manager
I manage the Appetite for Change programme. Before I joined Corra I managed independent advocacy services for people affected by the Mental Health Act in Glasgow and Lanarkshire. I’ve worked with a wide range of community groups and organisations. Most recently I was Country Manager in Scotland for Eden Project Communities. I’m inspired by systems change and collective impact. I believe working at Corra Foundation gives me real opportunities to put these ideas to work.
Fraser Stone, Community Co-ordinator
My role is to support the community of Cumnock in East Ayrshire. Through this work I help facilitate positive change by supporting community-led ideas. I will work alongside the community, encouraging and building upon their strengths and aspirations.
I have a background as a musician and educator and currently lecture at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Previously a project manager, I have worked with organisations, developing and delivering creative programmes to improve outcomes for groups experiencing disadvantage.
Gordon McLean, National Programme Manager (Getting Alongside Communities)
I support Getting Alongside Communities, ensuring it is on track and adequately resourced. My background is in Community Learning and Development, providing a range of informal learning opportunities and supporting individuals. I have been responsible for the operation of community centres, libraries and led community planning. I’m passionate about effective partnerships placing individuals and communities at the centre of services and resources. Corra is a company which shares my values and commitment to positive change.
Janice O’Connor, Community Co-ordinator
My role is to support the community of Castlehill in West Dunbartonshire. I identify assets and help build their confidence. My background is Community Learning and Development Youth Services. I have worked with young people and communities for over 15 years in settings such as The Princes Trust, Youth Action, and inter-generation work. We need to listen to the local community and what they would like to change and achieve. Corra aims to achieve that.
Laura Mathieson, Community Co-ordinator
I work alongside members of the community in Dunterlie, Barrhead in East Renfrewshire. My background is in community development. For the last five years, I have supported community-led initiatives exploring sectarianism, hate crime and discrimination in Inverclyde. I am an experienced facilitator of experiential learning, supporting personal and life-skills development. I am inspired by Corra Foundation’s commitment to place-based innovation, providing the time and flexibility to build relationships and engage with people in communities.
Louisa Cocris, Community Co-ordinator
I joined Corra in July 2017 as Community Co-ordinator in Buckhaven Fife. Previously I had been working for local authority in Neighbourhoods and Communities and prior to this have enjoyed various roles in the community development both here in Scotland and in Eastern Europe. away from Corra, I am proud to be a registered Marngalitza pig producer and mother to three wonderful young adults who in these strange times, i have been lucky to be sharing a workspace with.
Louise Shaw, Community Co-ordinator
My role is to support the Blacklands community in Kilwinning. My background includes Community Health, Community Development using an Asset Based Approach, working specifically with Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities. I joined Corra as I believe we share principles of giving everyone the opportunity to make a positive change. My role allows me to engage with groups and individuals who are often ignored and to contribute to them having a voice in their community.
Marion Thomson, Community Co-ordinator
I work to support, co-build and engage with Methil communities by continually learning from the rich history and legacy of community engagement and leadership within the area. My past experience involved education and program development with communities, social housing, schools, community organisations and unions in Scotland and overseas.
I joined Corra as I believe in their underlying values to work alongside communities impacted by austerity and social inequality.
Shazia Riaz, Community Co-ordinator
I work with the people of Carbrain, North Lanarkshire, to facilitate social change through removing barriers and supporting local people. My background encompasses university research socio-economic status; working with statutory and voluntary organisations, working with mental health services and working with black and ethnic minority communities. I was inspired to join the Corra Foundation because I am passionate about the importance of community led initiatives to address inequalities and improve the quality of life.