The Team

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Zara Todd

Stakeholder and Engagement Manager
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I’m passionate about people having a say in issues that affect them and have worked in a variety of organisations…
I’m passionate about people having a say in issues that affect them and have worked in a variety of organisations supporting people to be heard. I am a Londoner who’s escaped to Scotland and I’m enjoying it so far. I have volunteered since I was 11 and have pretty much volunteered consistently since. I spend a lot of my time advocating for equality for disabled people, women and children. In my spare time I love doing cultural stuff whether it’s going to an art gallery or a comedy gig. I also love to travel and have visited 32 countries so far.
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Caitlin Nisbet

Finance and Business Support Assistant
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After graduating in the summer of 2017, I knew I wanted to invest my time into something worthwhile and I…
After graduating in the summer of 2017, I knew I wanted to invest my time into something worthwhile and I decided to pursue a career in the 3rd sector. As well as working part-time in a pizza place I spent a lot of time volunteering in various charities. It was a great way of helping others and doing something for my community, as well as working out what I wanted to do. As part of my voluntary work I actually had a placement through ProjectScotland working for Disability Information Scotland. It was such a valuable experience, I gained confidence in an office environment and had opportunities to attend events and learn new skills. I was so inspired by the great work that PS does in Scotland to support young people and by the passion of the PS team members that when a job came up with them I had to go for it! In my spare time I still volunteer fortnightly as a befriender and I enjoy eating out (pizza obv) and spending time with friends and family.
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Katie Nairn

Youth Engagement Manager, Dumfries & Galloway
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Working as a freelance consultant to the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway has seen me team up with some…
Working as a freelance consultant to the third sector in Dumfries and Galloway has seen me team up with some incredible organisations and meet some truly inspirational people. No two days or experiences are the same. When the opportunity to work with Project Scotland presented itself in early 2018 I grabbed it with both hands. Knowing the raw talent and exciting opportunities that exist in the area makes the role of Youth Engagement Manager exciting and enjoyable. When I am not at work I can be found supporting our three children at various sporting events around the country or outside with our horses, dogs and chickens!
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Margaret Wallace

Head of Partnerships
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My career in the third sector began when I moved to Glasgow. The move from a small town to a…
My career in the third sector began when I moved to Glasgow. The move from a small town to a city proved quite difficult for me and my saving grace was volunteering as an Adult Literacy Tutor. This led me into working with a training company where I became particularly interested in working with people with disabilities and health conditions. My next move took me to Erskine (Charity) where I was the Training Manager. I worked with Veterans from the armed forces and managed an Employment Services, Supported Employment Contract. An initial offer of a secondment opportunity to work as a Placement Liaison Officer for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, on the New Deal Programme, led to fulltime employment and ultimately the role of Head of Employment Services. I thoroughly enjoy working with Project Scotland. Seeing and hearing how people flourish through volunteering is heart-warming.
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Lauren Plüss

Marketing Managerlinkedin
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I started working in the charity sector about five years ago and have worked at a range of charities helping…
I started working in the charity sector about five years ago and have worked at a range of charities helping them ensure their message is heard through a range of marketing and digital roles. Outside of work, you'll find me on the netball court, running or eating too much cheese!
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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

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

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

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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Kim Maxwell

Youth Engagement Manager (Edinburgh)
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I’ve worn a few different hats in ProjectScotland since joining them in 2013 but recently I’ve taken on the role…
I’ve worn a few different hats in ProjectScotland since joining them in 2013 but recently I’ve taken on the role as Edinburgh’s Youth Engagement Manager which  I’m over the moon about as I’ve always had a passion for working with young people and I couldn’t imagine being in a more rewarding role.  My role is to work alongside our amazing volunteers and help match them to exciting volunteering opportunities that are going to hopefully change their life. Every day is different and the people we work with never fail to amaze me, its so exciting to see the difference in them from one day to the next, it’s the most rewarding and exciting role I could have ever imagined. Prior to joining the team I spent quite a few years travelling and lived in Australia for a couple of years. In my spare time you’ll probably find me at the gym as I’m addicted to fitness classes but I also eat lots of cake so I’m still trying to find the balance!
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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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Graham Robertson

Development Director
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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. All leading to my amazing current opportunity here at Project Scotland which allows me to focus on both young people and fundraising – a truly inspiring combination! I manage our traditional fundraising where we generate support via key challenge events throughout the year. I’m also in charge of growing our Social Enterprise arm which specialises in our portfolio of commercial training products for businesses, based on our experience of working with Millennials and Young People entering the workplace. At home I have three 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 my two young children, Benjamin & Charlotte. On the rare occasions I find some spare time, I can be found on a cricket field, or out putting the miles in on my bike!
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