TSEF Membership Biographies
1. Grant Alexander
Grant Alexander is the Employability Development Officer with
the Link Group, a group of award winning social enterprise
companies. Operating across 26 Local Authority areas, it is one of
the largest social landlords in Scotland.
After holding senior public sector positions in social care, he
moved to the third sector in 2014 where he realised "the
opportunity to make a real difference" - a passion that has guided
his career to date. Grant leads on the development of Links
employability strategy and was instrumental in establishing Link
Academy in Falkirk as an award winning centre of employability
support and personal development. He has a particular interest in
the promotion of Community Benefit as a means of improving the
economic, social and environmental well-being of specific areas or
Grant has Chaired the Third Sector Employability Forum since
2019 and is an active champion of the third sector, contributing to
many policy and practice forums at national and local level. You
can contact Grant
2. Pegs Bailey
Pegs Bailey is Employability Development Manager at
Fife Voluntary Action. Pegs and her team represent the third
sector on the Local Employability Partnership, support local
employability partnerships, publish a monthly employability
e-bulletin and host the local Fife Employability Forum, Third
Sector Employability Conversations and annual Know Your Network
Pegs has worked with whole systems approaches, and staff and
service user engagement using models relating to the
Scottish Approach to Service Design. She has used this to lead
on work to improve employment support for those experiencing mental
health challenges through
Delivering Differently and the commissioning of local services
No One Left Behind.
She has two young children and is studying for an MSc in
Mindfulness & Compassion - something she feels is at the core
of so much of what we all do. You can contact Pegs here.
3. Jayne Chappell
Jayne has worked in the third sector since 2003, initially with
Social Firms Scotland (SFS), then SENScot when the 2 organisations
merged in July 2020.
The main focus of Jayne's role is managing the Employability SEN
(Social Enterprise Network) - a national network of over 300 social
enterprises delivering employability outcomes (in their broadest
form) with a particular emphasis on supporting people furthest from
the labour market. Her role involves engaging, informing,
supporting and connecting member social enterprises, and
representing their interests and experiences in relevant policy
Within SENScot, she also manages the finances of the
organisation and fulfils the Company Secretary role. Previously she
has worked in Accommodation Services at University of Edinburgh,
and with a number of organisations in IT recruitment. You can
contact Jayne here.
4. Blyth Deans
Blyth Deans, of The Lennox Partnership(TLP) has over 32 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 6 of the 32 Local Authority areas
of Scotland, with a current turnover of £2 Million and over 60
employees. In addition to his CEO role with TLP, Blyth is also
Chairman of a joint venture company StartScotland, which currently
delivers the biggest market share of the Scottish Governments Fair
Start Scotland contracts, across three Contract Package Areas.
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 and North Ayrshire. You can contact Blyth
5. Lorna Forrest
Lorna is Head of Service Delivery and Improvement for SCVO. She
Community Jobs Scotland, an employability programme which, in
2021, will have created 10,000 new jobs for vulnerable young people
in the voluntary sector, and
goodmoves, advertising over 3500 jobs a year and promoting the
value of a career in the voluntary sector.
Lorna also sits on the No One Left Behind (NOLB) Service Design
Group, Operational Group and the Young Persons Guarantee
Implementation Group. Before joining SCVO in Feb 2020 she was a
senior programme manager at SQA and worked 12 years at the National
Lottery Community Fund in many roles, including Head of Funding. In
addition to her voluntary role as a TSEF Executive member, she is a
trustee of Epilepsy Connections.
SCVO is the national membership organisation for the voluntary
sector, they champion the sector, provide services and debate big
issues. You can contact Lorna here.
6. Louise Goodlad
Louise is Senior Head of Partnerships with The Prince's Trust.
She is responsible for developing relationships across the public
sector, securing critical funding and advocating on behalf of young
people in policy development and implementation. As one of the UK's
largest youth charities, The Prince's Trust annually supports over
10,000 young people in Scotland into education, training,
employment or self-employment.
Louise is an experienced fundraiser having held a variety of
posts in the third sector over the past 15 years. In addition to
her voluntary role as a TSEF Executive member, she is a Trustee of
the mental health charity Penumbra.
Louise currently represents TSEF on the Scottish Government's
Young Person's Guarantee Implementation Group. You can contact
7. John Hinton
With a background in housing, community work and homelessness,
John Hinton established Move On in 1997.
With a mission to support vulnerable people to achieve personal
goals and make positive lasting change in their lives, Move On's
vision is a Scotland where every person can confidently navigate
through the ups and downs of life and achieve their potential.
Services include: employability (including work experience and paid
traineeships), personal development and pre-vocational training,
mentoring, befriending, volunteering, advice and information.
Services are delivered in a manner which is trauma responsive,
person-centred and asset-based, with a commitment to supporting
people where they need it, when they need it and for as long as
they need it.
Move On has established two successful social enterprises;
FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland and Move On Wood
Recycling, both of which offer a growing range of employability
opportunities, particularly work experience.
John is currently Treasurer of the Scottish Mentoring Network, a
board member of FareShare UK and also a board member of the
Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC). You can contact
8. Tommy McDade
Tommy McDade is the Barnardo's Assistant Director for
Employment, Training and Skills for Scotland and is responsible for
the successful delivery of the Barnardo's Works services across
He has been working with Barnardo's for 10 years, during which
time the service has grown to support over 1100 young people per
year across 12 local authority areas, including Edinburgh, Glasgow,
Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Paisley.
Having worked for over 30 years in the public and voluntary
sector Tommy has over 30 years experience in developing and
implementing support for unemployed jobseekers, helping to develop
Barnardo's employability and skills portfolio which now include
Modern Apprenticeship offers.
Recognising the importance of effective partnership working,
Tommy has been a member of TSEF Executive Group since 2012. You can
contact Tommy here.
9. Leona McDermid
Leona is Chief Executive of Aberdeen Foyer
responsible for upholding an agile culture and ensuring effective
strategic leadership and management of the organisation that is
informed by lived experience. The Foyer supports over 1500 young
people and adults annually from across North East Scotland move on
from tough life challenges to live, learn and flourish. At the
Foyer we believe that a person's unique strengths and capabilities
determine their journey not their limitations.
An inquisitive and engaging individual, Leona is a firm believer
that people can and do make remarkable changes in their lives. With
a background in employability, social enterprise and community
mental health, Leona also has significant experience in partnership
working, developing commercial social enterprises and in designing
and implementing client led services across employability, housing,
health and education and training.
Leona currently chairs Firstport,
Scotland's leading support agency for start-up social entrepreneurs
and is a board member of SCDI North East and
the national End Youth
Homelessness alliance. Leona currently represents TSEF on the
Scottish Government's Young Person's Guarantee Implementation
Group. You can contact Leona here.
10. Gerard McEneany
Gerard has been with Apex Scotland since 1997 when he joined the
CueTen project as a Councillor/Trainer. This project, for 14-16
year old persistent offenders, was based in Fife and was widely
acclaimed for its innovative approach to the issue of youth
In 1999, Gerard moved to Stirling to manage Apex services in
Forth Valley. These services included an employment and guidance
service, prison based services in HMP YOI Polmont, HMP YOI Cornton
Vale and HMP Glenochil and several contracts with Forth Valley
Enterprise and Triage. He was also responsible for the first
mentoring project within the organisation, matching volunteer
mentors with clients who required additional support.
In 2001, Gerard was appointed Service Manager with
responsibility for the organisation's strategy for youth services,
staff development and volunteering. In 2002, he took responsibility
for child protection and sex offenders strategy.
In 2012, Gerard was appointed as Head of Operations with
responsibility for all of Apex services and operations including
health and safety and workforce development and planning. As a
member of the Corporate Management Team he contributes to the
governance and strategic direction of the organisation. In 2014, he
became Director of Operations.
Outwith Apex, Gerard has been a member of Fife Children's Panel
since 1993, Chair of Fife Children's Panel 2001-2010 and national
Children's Panel Chair 2007-2010. He is also the Chair of
Re-employ, a social enterprise that support people with a
disability and a board member of All Cleaned Up, a social
enterprise commercial cleaning company. You ca contact Ged
11. Ashley Ryan
Ashley is the Assistant Director of Development for ENABLE
Works, part of the ENABLE Group, and is responsible for driving
their ambitious business development programme, developing new and
existing services that support disabled people to gain and retain
Passionate about supporting young people to achieve their goals
through Inclusive Education, Ashley is the national lead for all
ENABLE Works Education programmes including Stepping Up, our
national Schools Transitions Project, delivered in over 80 schools
and achieving a 98% positive destination rate for learners with
learning disabilities. Ashley developed the accessible versions of
both the SQA Accredited Introduction to Workplace Skills and
Certificate of Work Readiness, recognised as best practice and
utilised across Scotland by teachers and practitioners alike.
In 2020 Ashley was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship in
Education from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. In 2021 Ashley
hopes to travel to the US to look at innovative ways to support
young people who have learning disabilities to transition
successfully from school.
Ashley is also a non-executive Director and Chair of Paws for
Progress, an organisation which supports young people in custody
and rescue dogs to work together to build better lives. You can
contact Ashley here.
12. Dougie Stevenson
You can contact Dougie here.
13. Robin Turner
Robin Turner is Chief Executive of Routes To Work Limited; a
skills & employability focused social enterprise operating
primarily 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 18 years to the current position whereby it employs 85
staff, has an annual turnover in-excess of £4m and supports around
1,200 local residents into employment each year.
Prior to joining Routes To Work, Robin spent 17 years working in
various roles within the employability environment 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 was
instrumental in establishing the local Third Sector Employability
Network. Robin sits on a variety of North Lanarkshire strategic
groups & networks including the Local Employability Partnership
and Community Learning & Development Partnership group of which
he is the vice-chair. Robin has served on the TSEF Executive since
inception in 2011 and acts as the formal link for TSEF with
Employment Support Scotland. You can contact Robin here.