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TSEF Membership Biographies

Alastair Cameron 

Alastair Cameron has worked for 30 years in the Third Sector and was CEO of a Dundee-based social enterprise for more than 10 years. Alastair has many years of involvement in policy and practice in employability with a broad experience of funding and procurement. He was appointed Chair of the Third Sector Employability Forum in September 2015. Alastair is also a Board member of Dundee Social Enterprise Network and represents the network on the Dundee City Work and Enterprise Committee and Social Enterprise Development Board.

You can contact Alastair here.

Allan Boyle

Alan is currently a Member of the LUPS 2007-2013 Programme Monitioring Committee, Structural funds Monitioring and Evaluation Group, various working groups influencing the shape of the 2014-2020 Structural Fund Programme.
Alan has been involved in the design and delivery of structural fund employability intervenyions,built from the ground up for 28 years, accessing ESF and ERDF under various programmes.
Across this extensive engagement period he has participated in a variety of selection processes for projects, management and monitioring committees at a third sector, East of Scotland, Coalfields and National level, including many evaluations, consultations, design workshops and hosting visits from othermember states.
The organisation he is CEO of, specalises in helping a wide range of multiply disadvantaged groups from deprived former coalfield areas. It has one of the most successful track records in Scotland, has picked up an extensive range of best practice awards and has been re-cognised by the Scottish Parliament as an Employability model of excellence.
Prior to working in the the third sector Alan was a lecturer in FE on Employment law, Trade Union Studies and Industrial relations, and special needs. He also worked in heavy engineering and shipbuilding and was active in trade unions from an early age.
He is a Licentiateship Member of the City and Guilds Instiute of London, an Engineering Master Craftsman and qualified in Quality Control and Organisational Studies.

In the New Years Honours List 2014 Alan was awarded and MBE.

You can contact Alan here.

Dughall Laing 

Dughall Laing has held a variety of occupations in the private sector along
with over 12 years' experience in the voluntary sector primarily as an
employability professional with several organisations.

This has involved working with clients who face a large selection of barriers
including Ex-offenders, Mental health, disabilities and other support needs.

In addition to holding the Vice chair of the Third Sector Employability
Forum, as the former Chair of the Edinburgh Joined Up for Jobs Partnership Forum
he contributed to the development of a vibrant and valued network.

You can contact Dughall here

David Cameron 

David has been working for ENABLE Scotland since 1995. 

He is responsible for strategic planning, business development and financial management of their employment and enterprise services. David manages 5 teams of employment workers who offer a range of services across Scotland.  They support people aged 14-60 to learn about the world of work, gain work experience and make a successful transition to paid employment. 

ENABLE Scotland offer ground-breaking projects in schools, colleges and local communities which support 300 people who have learning disabilities or other long term conditions to gain paid employment each year. 

David is the Treasurer of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment and a board member of the Scottish Training Federation in addition to his role on the TSEF executive.

You can contact David here.

Blyth Deans 

Blyth Deans, of The Lennox Partnership has over 30 years experience of
delivering employability services in Scotland. Blyth has had various roles
within the organisation before taking over as Chief Executive in 2003, and has
since led the organisation's growth and expansion of its delivery portfolio,
which now includes programmes in 10 of the 32 Local Authority areas of Scotland.
turnover of £1.6Million and over 40 employees.

As a keen supporter of the Social Enterprise Sector he sits on the Third
Sector Employability Forum's Executive Group at a National level and the Third
Sector Partnership Forum at a local level in Dunbartonshire.

You can contact Blyth here.

Tommy McDade

Tommy McDade is Barnardo's Employment Services Manager for Scotland and co-ordinates all of the Barnardo's Works services across Scotland.

He has been working with Barnardo's for two years, prior to this he worked for over 20 years with JCP/DWP in a variety of roles including Jobcentre Manager and FJF Partnership Manager.

Barnardo's Works currently delivers services across 9 local authority areas and has centres in Paisley, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Elgin. The service also operates a rural model across the Cairngorm National Park.

You can contact Tommy here

Robin Turner

Robin Turner is Chief Executive of Routes To Work Limited; an employability
focused social enterprise operating solely within the North Lanarkshire Local
Authority Area.  Robin joined the company as its inaugural employee in October
2002 and has overseen its ongoing growth & development in the ensuing 10+
years to the current position whereby it employs 75 staff, has an annual
turnover approaching £3m and assists around 1,500 local residents into
employment each year.

Prior to joining Routes To Work, Robin spent 17 years working in various
roles within the employability landscape in the Public, Private and
Third Sector's.

Robin is a Trustee/Board member of the North Lanarkshire Third Sector
Interface (Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire) and chairs the local Third Sector
Employability Network.  He represents the network on the local Voluntary Sector
Partnership Group (a formal sub-group of the North Lanarkshire Partnership) and
at the TSEF.  Robin also sits on a variety of North Lanarkshire strategic groups
& networks including the local employability partnership, lifelong learning
group and community learning & development partnership group.

You can contact Robin here

Stephen McConnachie 

Stephen McConnachie has worked in DWP Work Services Directorate and its
predecessor organisations for over 30 years, covering both the benefit and the
Jobcentre sides of the business.

Over the last year Stephen has held the post of Group Partnership Manager for
DWP Scotland.

For the previous 10 years Stephen has worked in Glasgow and  Lanarkshire
covering both operations and external relations posts.

Prior to working in Lanarkshire and Glasgow, Stephen worked in Edinburgh on
various projects, supporting Jobcentre Plus Districts across Scotland with the
implementation of new Government programmes and IT systems.

You can contact Stephen here

Finlay Laverty 

Finlay Laverty is the Senior Head Business Development at The Prince's Trust Scotland

He is responsible for developing public sector (political and civil servant) relationships in Scotland which support the Trust's goals. Secures £4m of income for The Prince's Trust Scotland each year. Leads a Third Sector Team with Scotland wide focus on Policy, Public affairs, and National, Regional and Local Public Sector funding. 

His experience ranges from economic development work within a range of sectors in Scotland and overseas to education and skills development in local communities. From building businesses start up strategies and infrastructure (leading European Business incubator near Glasgow Airport), securing Scotland's competitive position for for inward investment (IBM's Pan European tech call centre at Spango Valley) to creating new solutions for matching Scotland's SME's with graduate labour (Graduate Into Business).

He sits on a number of Voluntary Sector representative groups in Scotland -  Third Sector Employability Forum Executive Group, National Voluntary Youth Work Organisations (Scotland), represents the Third Sector on Scottish Government's National Delivery Sub Group (skills and employability) and on Scottish Government's Strategic Delivery Partnership for Competitiveness, Innovation and Jobs

You can contact Finlay here.

Donna Mackinnon

Donna Mackinnon is SCVO's Director of Employment Services.  She has worked for SCVO for over 15 years and has led work on urban regeneration, accessing large scale funding for the third sector and a range of strategic capacity building programmes. 

She has been working in the employability field since 1998 and led work on ensuring a key role for the sector in the delivery of the New Deal Voluntary Sector Option in Scotland.  Since then she has been involved in a range of employability programmes including New Deal Prime Contracts, Progress2work, LinkUp and a range of other specialist programmes.  She has a particular knowledge of DWP procurement.

In 2009 she was involved in leading the establishment of the SCVO led Third Sector Future Jobs Fund consortium which was awarded 2,187 FJF jobs.  She became Director of Employment Services in 2009 and her team cover an expanded portfolio of work including Community Jobs Scotland, Creative Interns, Equalities Interns and Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS). Her particular priorities are the engagement of the Third Sector in the delivery of the new European Structural and Investment Funds 2014 - 2020.

At a policy level she sits on the ESF Programme Management Committee for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland Programme area.

You can contact Donna here.

Laurie Russell

Laurie Russell has been Chief Executive of the Wise Group since 2006. The Wise Group is a Glasgow based social enterprise established in 1983. It supports people on benefits into sustainable employment, regenerates communities, and delivers sustainability and criminal justice projects in Scotland and north east England.

Laurie was Chief Executive of Strathclyde European Partnership Ltd and managed the programmes of European funding for the economic and social regeneration of western Scotland from 1989 to 2006.  He was previously employed by Strathclyde Regional Council and led a community regeneration initiative in Clydebank in the early 1980s. 

Laurie chaired the board of Social Enterprise Scotland for six years from 2007 to 2013.

You can contact Laurie here.

Jamie Rutherford

Jamie is the Head of Employability at ENABLE Scotland, responsible for training and employability services for people who have learning disabilities in 24 local authorities across Scotland.

These range from youth advocacy services, transitions projects in schools and colleges, the Employability Fund, Work Choice and supported employment services that include services for people through self-directed support.

Amongst his key achievements have been leading a successful campaign to reform employment support in FE Colleges, launching Scotland's first self-directed support employment programme, designing an accessible version of the SQA Certificate of Workplace Readiness and partnering with the Scottish Government to extend national ERIs to support over 500 disabled young people into work.

As well as his role with ENABLE Scotland, Jamie sits on the board of both the Scottish Training Federation and the Scottish Union of Supported Employment.

You can contact Jamie here