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Senior Management

Paul McColgan Chief Executive

In 1991, Paul completed a degree in Economics from the University of Paisley and went to live in Barcelona where  he spent three years volunteering in the soup kitchens in the mornings whilst teaching in the prestigious EADA business school in the evenings.

He returned to Scotland in 1994 and began working for SCIAF, Scotland’s Aid Agency and later trained as a consultant to social enterprises at CEIS.

From 1996-2000 Paul completed a Masters degree where he deepened his understanding of poverty and marginalisation among disabled people and those living in areas of deprivation. This laid the foundations for his development of the Community Renewal methodologies, all of which are based on a Critical Reflection Process with compassionate listening at the core.

2003 was a very important year in Paul’s life,  his first child was born, he authored Disability Equality in Scottish Schools  – ( a training programme to support the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream schools), and he co-founded Community Renewal.

Paul is passionate about supporting people and communities to lift themselves out of poverty and is working to influence policy and decision makers at Scottish, UK and international level. Paul has recently been appointed as a board member of NHS Health Scotland.

To contact Paul email:  paul@communityrenewal.org.uk



John Halliday Director of Development

John joined Community Renewal in 2016, after finding that his passion for improving local services, listening to community needs and always working with partners reflected in the day-to-day approach of Community Renewal.


He was previously Policy & Development Manager at the Wise Group, another key Scottish social enterprise. Before that he worked as a social research and public policy consultant at Rocket Science. This included supporting social enterprises, managing grant funds, assessing social return on investment, and community consultation. His work has always spanned across criminal justice, employability, welfare, health and education.


John volunteers with Citizens Advice one day each week. He holds both an MA and MSci from University of Cambridge.


To contact John about new ideas, partnership working, communications or opportunities: john.halliday@communityrenewal.org.uk

Helen Barrie Finance & Human Resources Manager

Coming from a financial background, Helen’s key skills help ensure our services are efficient and cost effective. Since returning to work after raising her family, her career has been in the third sector and she previously worked with WRVS as an Operations Manager with responsibility for over 700 volunteers. She has been with Community Renewal for 8 years and has enjoyed seeing the changes, challenges and rewards generated within that time.

Working for Community Renewal in Helen’s own words, helps her to “feel that I am making a difference”.

To contact Helen email helen.barrie@communityrenewal.org.uk

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