The Team

Mairi

Mairi Whannel

Youth Engagement Manager
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I have worked in the charity sector for fourteen years.  Administration was my first job role, however, throughout the years…
I have worked in the charity sector for fourteen years.  Administration was my first job role, however, throughout the years I have been involved with many different projects, job roles and have met some amazing individuals.  During my first few years in the Sector, I was involved in an employment programme that gave young people a chance to experience the working environment and move on in life.  Seeing the positive impact on young people was rewarding.  I have gone full circle in my career and I am now back working with young people and enjoying every minute of it!
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Emma Hanlon

Emma Hanlon

Youth Engagement Manager (Glasgow)
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I joined ProjectScotland in March 2017 as Youth Engagement Manager in Glasgow. I lived and worked here ten years ago…
I joined ProjectScotland in March 2017 as Youth Engagement Manager in Glasgow. I lived and worked here ten years ago and I love being back in this incredible city. I have spent many years supporting young people, mainly within a social work setting. However, my dream was to work within the charity sector and I feel very privileged to be a part of the ProjectScotland team. I have the exciting role of helping young people find amazing volunteering opportunities with our equally amazing charity partners. I continue to be amazed by the commitment, talent and passion of young people throughout Glasgow and I can’t imagine a more worthwhile job than the one I have now. When I am not working, I spend ALL my time running after my two mischievous twin boys. As a family, we love watching Toy Story (over and over again) exploring and going on adventures.
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Mark Allan

Mark Allan

Youth Engagement Manager (Highland)
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I spent 6 years travelling, and lived and worked in the USA, Ireland and the Channel Islands. On returning home…
I spent 6 years travelling, and lived and worked in the USA, Ireland and the Channel Islands. On returning home to Aviemore I worked as a postman for 12 years. During this time I also worked as a youth volunteer and quickly realised that working with young people was a path that I wanted to follow. Working as a youth engagement manager for Project Scotland is a dream come true for me. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my two children, Conor who is 20 and Brooke who is 16. I am also a keen runner and particularly enjoy hill and trail running, I'm lucky that my home in the Cairngorms has some of the best trails and running/cycling routes in Britain!
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Matt Sellar

Matt Sellar

Mentor Project Worker
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A varied background campaigning on climate change and studying law has led me to the conclusion that empowering young people…
A varied background campaigning on climate change and studying law has led me to the conclusion that empowering young people is pretty much the best thing anyone can do to improve the world. Working alongside young volunteers from around the world has shown me what young people can achieve when they are given the skills and confidence to follow their passions. I now work as part of the mentoring team to help volunteers and mentors get the most out their ProjectScotland experience. When not volunteering myself I enjoy attempting Chinese cookery and walking in Scotland’s spectacular countryside.
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Sheena Hunter

Fundraising Consultant
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Having spent over 30 years in the wonderfully varied charitable world in Scotland, 20 of those years raising funds for…
Having spent over 30 years in the wonderfully varied charitable world in Scotland, 20 of those years raising funds for all sorts of causes, I am now helping Project Scotland with approaches to Trusts and Foundations – finding funds for important employment programmes. Outside of work I can be found running, dancing, reading or enjoying the odd glass of wine!
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Kimberley Laidlaw

Kim Maxwell

Youth Engagement Manager (Edinburgh)
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I have the exciting role of bringing on new partners and creating great volunteering opportunities. Working for ProjectScotland has opened…
I have the exciting role of bringing on new partners and creating great volunteering opportunities. Working for ProjectScotland has opened my eyes to volunteering and how it changes the lives of so many people. Before ProjectScotland I spent two years travelling Australia and parts of Asia. In my spare time you often find me sweating it out in the gym/having cocktails with friends.
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Lisa Laidlaw

Lisa Laidlaw

Youth Engagement Manager (Dundee)
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I started my career many moons ago in the Army and after this was a mum to 3 children (which…
I started my career many moons ago in the Army and after this was a mum to 3 children (which is hard work in itself).  Although I am still a Mum, I swiftly became interested in helping people into employment and have been doing this work for the past 15 years. The last 5 years I have been based solely in Arbroath and Dundee. My spare time is spent walking, going to the gym and playing taxi for children’s events (they have a busier social life than I do!)
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Lee Toti

Lee Toti

Youth Engagement Manager (Dumfries)
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In the past I worked for a charity as a Retail Manager and helped young people to gain work experience…
In the past I worked for a charity as a Retail Manager and helped young people to gain work experience with training providers. I was so interested in helping them that I asked the training provider if they had any vacancies. I then joined them and for the past 6 years have been working for them helping young people with work placements, qualifications and improving their futures. I now have the opportunity through ProjectScotland in Dumfries to help more young people to become our future work force and responsible citizens.  In my spare time I enjoy baking novelty cakes, riding my motorbike and anything Italian, so much so I married one!
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Graham Robertson

Graham Robertson

Enterprise Lead
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Throughout my varied past as a professional footballer, then in media/marketing, and most recently for the past ten years working…
Throughout my varied past as a professional footballer, then in media/marketing, and most recently for the past ten years working in the charity sector, two common themes have prevailed – working with young people and finding creative ways to raise money for good causes. This has seen me playing football for Millwall FC in deepest darkest South East London – and then challenging world injustices with Global Human Rights Campaigns for Amnesty International. These colourful extremes led me to my amazing current opportunity here at ProjectScotland which allows me to focus on both young people and fundraising – a truly inspiring combination! My main remit will see me growing our support and relationships with our Corporate Partners and promoting fundraising via challenge events from Cycling, to Bungee Jumping or becoming a ‘Total Warrior’. At home I have two young boys so spend all of my spare time running after them, doing family day trips, and generally try to find ways to tire them out so I can actually get some sleep – a battle I’ve yet to find a winning formula for!
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Kasia Czarnecka

Mentor Manager
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My adventure with ProjectScotland began in 2014 when I became a volunteer mentor. I absolutely loved the experience and find…

My adventure with ProjectScotland began in 2014 when I became a volunteer mentor. I absolutely loved the experience and find it very important to my current role. Previously I worked with several charities supporting people with disabilities, both in Scotland and Poland.

Some people believe that as a psychologist I can read minds (sorry to say - I can’t) and that as a trainer I’m good at sports (actually I can only run workshop marathons). In my spare time I enjoy travelling with my lovely husband, learning Italian, reading fiction and going to concerts and exhibitions. Oh, and drinking tea!
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Paul Reddish

Chief Executive
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After completing most of my working life in the private sector, I now find myself in a dream role… being…
After completing most of my working life in the private sector, I now find myself in a dream role… being given the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of young Scots.  This is something I’ve always taken an active involvement in a voluntary capacity, and from personal experience have reaped the rewards from volunteering both to better myself and to help with a number of causes close to my heart.  When I’m not at work, I have my hands full with our new arrival Benjamin.  On the rare occasions I find some spare time, I can be found on a cricket field, a rugby pitch or down at the gym!
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