Sheila Thomson Service Manager and FInance/HR Manager

Sheila has a dual role – she is the Service Manager for our Grampian projects and the Finance/HR Manager.

Sheila who is originally from Aberdeen set up an IT consultancy business while living in the south of England. After returning to Aberdeen she became a business adviser and trainer,  supporting new small businesses including social enterprises.

Sheila returned to education gaining an MA Hons in Politics and Women’s Studies prior to being elected as a councillor for Portlethen North, Aberdeenshire where she served as Vice-Chair of the Social Work and Housing Committee. from 2007 to 2015 Sheila managed the office of Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine.

Over the years Sheila has held a number of voluntary roles including past chair of K&D Voice, vice-chair of Community Transport Association UK, chair of Community Transport Scotland, director of Aberdeen Foyer, director of Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership and a founder member of Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations.

Sheila joined Community Renewal in June 2015.

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Anne Docherty Project Lead - Govanhill

Anne leads our work in Govanhill, especially working with the Roma people in that community. This is for health and community development projects¬† – we have funding from People’s Health Trust to provide community-led activities in a project called Local Conversations and a contract with Glasgow HSCP to deliver Community Led Health Improvement in South Glasgow.

After graduating with a degree in Psychology from the Open University, Anne worked for the National Health Service in Lothian and Lanarkshire in community health and statutory sector partnership development.

Feeling she wanted to explore further, Anne then left the UK to go and work in international health in Cambodia and Yemen with UNICEF and the governments in each country developing adult and child and maternal health projects. Her international exposure is of great benefit to the perspective and experience she brings as Community Engagement Co-ordinator in her work with GP’s and communities across Scotland.

Anne also holds a Masters in Health Education and Health Promotion and a Master of Arts degree.

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Suzanne Bell Service Manager

Suzanne is the Service Manager covering projects in the West of Scotland. This includes project management of our Community Health Improvement South Glasgow project for Glasgow HSCP, our Community Canteen, and the Big Lottery Funded Our Place Ardrossan project. She has expertise in project management, asset based community development and training of allied health professionals.

Previous roles have included a stint in in facilities management, customer care, and working in the early years sector where she was a trainer and assessor in childcare and play-work.

Suzanne’s love of travel was inspired by an early career in the travel industry and she lived in Greece for some years.

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Marek Balog Local Conversations - Roma Govanhill
Ailsa Clark Community Canteen
William O'Connor Community Canteen

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