Simon Jaquet

Our Associates

Anne Gibson

Anne brings a wealth of experience, with a professional background in education and community learning and development.  As an HM Inspector, Anne had a lead role for inclusion and developing the young workforce nationally.  She has contributed to the development of inspection frameworks including 'How good is our school?', 'How good is our community learning and development?', 'How good is our third sector organisation?, and the Care Inspectorate’s Joint inspection of children’s services framework. Her commitment to improving outcomes for Scotland’s young people has driven her career.  She has contributed to several ministerial groups and led the Scottish Government’s National Development Programme for Youth Work and Schools, including the production of ‘Bridging the Gap’.  Anne has four years experience in the role of Chief Executive of a residential care and education organisation.  Her expertise lies in areas relating to organisational development including culture change, quality assurance, self-evaluation and strategic planning.  Anne can also offer executive coaching and mentoring, conflict resolution and mediation. Anne serves as a trustee on the board of Youth Scotland.

Ali Grant

Ali has worked in the field of youth work, in the voluntary sector, for over 30 years, firstly as a grass-roots practitioner and progressing to senior management roles. She has been responsible for establishing services from the outset as well as managing change and growth in organisations - including RUTS, The Rock Trust, Streetwork, and Muirhouse Youth Development Group. Ali is an experienced fundraiser, having successfully secured £2.4 million whilst at RUTS motorbike project through Inspiring Scotland. She has been part of inspection teams for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education and has continued to conduct external evaluations on behalf of organisations, including Venture Scotland and MY Adventure. Ali has a BA Degree in Community Education, a Diploma in Addiction Studies and a Masters in Applied Social and Educational Research. She is passionate about ensuring that the voices of marginalised groups are heard.

David Heavenor

David is an experienced Arts Administrator and Fund Raiser, currently working as Development Manager for The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh’s mid scale concert hall. He has developed corporate and individual giving schemes for The Queen’s Hall and Perth Theatre, and has a successful track record raising funds for both capital and revenue projects from public and private sources. He successfully raised funds for The Queen’s Hall’s vibrant Education programme over a five year period. As a freelance he has raised funds for The Dunedin Consort, Moorfire Productions, and a music and film project on Scottish Scientist James Clerk Maxwell featuring music by PJ Moore of the Blue Nile. His interests in music include song writing, recording and concert promotion.

Tom Houston

Tom has a wide range of strategic and practice based experience in Public Health, Youthwork and Community Development. He is a qualified Improvement Adviser and Change Agent  with the internationally renowned  Institute of Healthcare Improvement and the NHS Horizons Group. He led and managed the innovative and award winning project INTER-ACT for 27 years which worked across : schools, communities, social work , prisons and Further Education in Forth Valley. Tom sometimes describes himself as a creative adventurer and cultural warrior.

Sally Jaquet

Sally is a freelance community musician who specialises in music making with children, young people, and vulnerable groups. Her work centres around the belief that music and the arts have the power to improve wellbeing, build strong communities, and shape socially inclusive and thriving societies. Whilst receiving a First in her Masters at SOAS in Music in Development, she worked for various charities and organisations that focused on music making for social inclusion and wellbeing such as Pan Arts, Music in Detention, Music Action International, and Hartbeeps. She creates and facilitates her own music workshops around community wellbeing and protest music. These have been successfully received around the world including the RRAP hub (Rajasthan), Tagore Ashram (West Bengal) Goldsmiths University, AWOMENfest, and CARAS Refugee Centre (London).

Cathy Maclean

Originally qualified as a biologist and teacher, Cathy returned to Scotland to work in educational research and consultancy before joining the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) as Head of Training in 1991. Promoted to Assistant Director she founded, and launched the portal in 2002. For the past five years, she has worked independently and undertaken repeat assignments for the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Scottish Arts Council, Crown Agents, African Development Bank and many of Scotland’s national voluntary Organisations. A chartered member of CIPD, she brings training and organisational development skills, IT and e/procurement expertise as well as overseas development experience gained in Sri Lanka, Nigeria and North Africa.

Junior Mukile

Mukile is a UK certified freelance translator (English, French, Russian) and a researcher. He is currently conducting a study on the import and translation processes of selected francophone African novels in the Soviet Union. He spent four years living in Russia and believes there is a need to study translation involving Russian language and African textualities as little research has been conducted on the import and translation processes of African novels in Russia/Soviet Union. His PhD project will potentially contribute to a greater public understanding of the Soviet Union and its cultural exchanges with Africa. HIs main interests lie in the intersection of feminist translation, translation theory, linguistic hybridity, Francophone studies, Russian studies, African studies, and Postcolonial studies.

Mukile also teaches Russian and French to undergraduate students (all levels). He has previously worked in the financial sector before completing his BA (2:1) in Accounting and Finance at the University of Northumbria (2011). Outside of academia, Mukile enjoys volunteering and participating in youth and community projects. He worked as a volunteer interpreter for the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic games and currently works as a volunteer translator for Translation Without Borders, a US-based charitable organisation.

Maureen O’Neill

Maureen has been involved in the voluntary sector in Scotland for over 30 years. She is currently the Director of Faith in Older People. Previously she was Director of Age Concern Scotland and has held posts in organisations within the fields of mental health, community development and homelessness. She has experience and expertise in governance training for charity trustees; organisational review and mentoring for senior staff in the sector. In addition Maureen has served on a range of management boards including SCVO and EVOC, and was a UK appointee to the European Economic and Social Committee.

Donald Scott

Donald has worked in both adult and children’s local authority social work - as a senior manager since 1990. He left the City of Edinburgh Council in 2016, and has since been working on a freelance basis. He has undertaken research for Barnardo’s and Families Outside. Having been committed to participative development, planning and learning approaches, he became interested in the potential of quantitative modelling to increase understanding in the context of complex interacting systems. Clients have included Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board and the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Council. Currently he is in the early stages of a joint project supporting learning in two local authority areas to improve support for children ‘on the edge of care’.

Jennifer Waterton

Jennifer has 25 years experience within research, research management, policy development and policy evaluation, mainly within the fields of public health, health care, housing, education and the arts. From 1999-2007, she worked at the Chief Scientist Office within the Scottish Executive Health Department where she had responsibility for commissioning, managing, and developing health services research across Scotland. Since 2007, Jennifer has worked freelance, undertaking policy development, research and analysis predominantly for public sector clients, in the fields of public health, health care, and education, with clients including the Scottish Government, Royal College of Nurses Scotland, the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh.


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