For the past six years Gail has been the National Development Officer for Scottish ClubSport (formerly the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils). This role involved managing the organisations operational and strategic direction, maintaining and growing partnerships and engaging key stakeholders. Gail is also an external grant assessor for Foundation Scotland and sits on the Board of Scottish Fencing.
Gail previously spent seven years working as the Development Officer for the Loanhead Miners Charitable Society delivering several projects including those addressing food poverty and community asset development.
Gail is originally from the Isle of Lewis and spent her last few school years in Thurso before studying in Glasgow, moving back up north to Inverness and has since been settled in Midlothian for the last 15 years. Gail took up her post at the beginning of August and is enjoying living the Highlands again. Her range of operational, strategic and project experience gives Gail a fantastic grounding for leading the new team for the next 21 months.
SACC Project Officer F/T
For the past two and a half years Jodie has been working for KoSDT, originally as a project officer in the Community Engagement Team which undertook the engagement, planning and creation of locality plans for the communities of Sutherland on behalf of the Sutherland Community Partnership. Since the Community Engagement project was completed in December 2019 Jodie has been providing Project Officer support to Lairg and District Community Initiatives (LDCI) helping to deliver new and existing projects for the community of Lairg.
Jodie is Dornoch born and bred and her experience of working in the Sutherland Community Engagement Project, and with the members of the SCP, will provide valuable knowledge to assist the new members of the team.
SACC Project Officer P/T
Laura has worked for the North West Highlands Geopark (NWHG) since 2014 and for the past two years has been employed as the Geopark Coordinator. Last year, Laura led the NWHG through its UNESCO Global Geopark status revalidation. Laura has also spent three years working as a project officer for Wester Ross Biosphere Ltd, working with community groups, industry and public sector to develop a Destination Management Plan for Wester Ross.
Laura lives with her family in Achiltibuie and takes an active role in her local community. Laura will continue to work part time with NWHG alongside this post. Her experience of project delivery, and working with the communities in North and West Sutherland, will be a valuable asset to the team as the project develops.
SACC Project Officer P/T
Rebecca has spent the past three years working as a Rural Development Officer for Common Good Solutions (CGS) in Nova Scotia, Canada. CGS is an organisation that supports community and social enterprises to start up and grow. Rebecca’s role gave her responsibility for business planning, socio-economic analysis, impact measurement, and workshop facilitation. This included providing project development support to established and aspiring social enterprises and community groups.
In 2019 Rebecca undertook a nine-week work exchange within the Strengthening Communities directorate of Highlands & Islands Enterprise. As part of the placement she produced a report with recommendations on how social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands can improve engagement with young people. During this placement Rebecca visited Sutherland where she was impressed with the sense of community and the innovative approaches taken to address local issues.
Rebecca is a native of Cape Breton Island in Canada and has moved to start a new life on a croft outside Ardgay. Rebecca’s experience of working with communities to develop projects will be a great asset to the team as will the fresh ideas she brings from Nova Scotia to the Highlands of Scotland.
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