I'm a friendly and motivated professional with over 10 years experience working within the third sector and academic institutions such as Dundee University and Newcastle University.
My fundraising and awareness development skills were developed during my employment at Play England, where I provided consultancy to the local authorities on strategy development as well as advice on completing grant applications, securing around £10 million for children's play in the region through the BIG Lottery Fund. Developing local authority and third sector partnerships was key in the role as well as promotional activities on TV and radio broadcasts and developing training, workshops and conferences.
I completed the Great North Run in September 2010 for Cancer Research UK. Over the past few years I have been involved in fundraising in my free time for charities including a Moulin Rouge Night for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research, which attracted over 300 people and raised over £3000. I also volunteered for Chest Heart Stroke Scotland – Home visiting service from 1999-2000.
I am a dedicated and committed team member with a wide range of skills. I have worked with a number of charities and been heavily involved in securing funding and fundraising on a number of levels. My background in Community Education also gave me the experience of grant applications, working in partnership with other organisations as well as developing and running a wide range of projects.
I worked for L’arche a charity in Edinburgh assisting adults with disabilities to lead as independent lives as possible. I have experience working with young children with disabilities and those who from hard to reach groups through work in Barnardos and the Highwayman Youth and Community Centre. I have travelled extensively including a volunteering trip with the Mercy Ships in Africa helping local people build and decorate a hospital.
Before joining ACK, I was treasurer in the local playgroup and an administator in my family business. This experience developed my knowledge in bookkeeping, maintaining financial records and delivering reports to committee which have proven to be invaluable in my role with ACK. Additionally, I have been I have been involved in organising and managing a number of charity events.
I am an outgoing and committed member of the team who brings a wide range of skills and experience to projects. I have a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies with a knowledge of marketing, project management, business strategy, economics and accountancy. I went on to achieve an MSc in Energy and Environmental Systems with distinction. I gained experience of accounting during my time working in Aberdeen but my main area of expertise is the implementation of managements systems within both large and small organisations including supporting them through the process of accreditation to European and International Standards. It was due to this experience that I was head hunted by an international consultancy firm and worked for them in this area but was also involved in other projects including assessing training programmes for a Government department. I have worked with clients such as Marks and Spencers, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), West of Scotland Water and Scottish and Southern Energy.
I have fundraised for many local organisations particularly during my time as chairperson of the local Playgroup which operates as a charity and have committed many hours to volunteering in my local primary school supporting, in particular, children with additional learning requirements. I have also been involved with a local group taking sick and disabled children and adults on holiday to France and helping to care and support them on their travels.
Since becoming an ACK team member, I have been involved in organising and managing a number of charity events.
Along Came Kirsty was set up in February 2012 and since then we already have raised just over £450k for charities and social enterprises across Scotland.
Additionally, we have been involved in organising and managing a number of charity events, setting up a networking for charities and social enterprises in partnership with Glen Strathie Partnership called Charity Chit Chat.