TSEF Membership Biographies
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
You can contact Alastair here.
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
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
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 has held a variety of occupations in the private
with over 12 years' experience in the voluntary sector primarily
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
In addition to holding the Vice chair of the Third Sector
Forum, as the former Chair of the Edinburgh Joined Up for Jobs
he contributed to the development of a vibrant and valued
You can contact Dughall here.
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, of The Lennox Partnership has over 30 years
delivering employability services in Scotland. Blyth has had
within the organisation before taking over as Chief Executive in
2003, and has
since led the organisation's growth and expansion of its delivery
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
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 is Barnardo's Employment Services Manager for
Scotland and co-ordinates all of the Barnardo's Works services
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 is Chief Executive of Routes To Work Limited; an
focused social enterprise operating solely within the North
Authority Area. Robin joined the company as its inaugural
employee in October
2002 and has overseen its ongoing growth & development in the
years to the current position whereby it employs 75 staff, has an
turnover approaching £3m and assists around 1,500 local residents
employment each year.
Prior to joining Routes To Work, Robin spent 17 years working in
roles within the employability landscape in the Public, Private
Robin is a Trustee/Board member of the North Lanarkshire Third
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
at the TSEF. Robin also sits on a variety of North
Lanarkshire strategic groups
& networks including the local employability partnership,
group and community learning & development partnership
You can contact Robin here.
Stephen McConnachie has worked in DWP Work Services Directorate
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
For the previous 10 years Stephen has worked in Glasgow
covering both operations and external relations posts.
Prior to working in Lanarkshire and Glasgow, Stephen worked in
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 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
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
You can contact Finlay here.
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 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
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 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
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
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