I've had a thirty five year career in the energy industry, enjoyed some wonderful opportunities and achieved things I never dreamed of when I started out. During this time I've been an operations manager and project manager, working on a wide range of projects and technologies. More recently I've moved into the third sector and apart from being chair of the Maxwell Centre I run my own organisation, Phoenix Development, which provides career support in the energy sector for aspiring project professionals.
There are a number of reasons I love working with the Maxwell Centre – feeling that I'm part of something that's making a difference; working with the other board members, staff and volunteers; seeing people come in and benefit from the services we offer. The part that really gives me a buzz though is when I'm in the centre and especially in the garden and seeing the energy of it all, that's what does it for me!
I have been involved with the Maxwell Centre since returning to Dundee in early 1995. During this time I have been a client, a customer and for the past 15 years I have been involved in the management of the Centre. During this time I have been Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair and am currently Treasurer.
I am involved in a number of groups within Coldside Ward including the Regeneration Forum and the Coldside Forum. I am a great believer in community empowerment and local people being involved in running local services.
I currently work at DEAP ltd as a senior administrator. My hobbies include going to the cinema, watching sport and reading.
My first encounter with Maxwell Centre was as a mentor to the then project manager. It turned out she did not need a Mentor, having all of the necessary skills and support, but she did need a board member and twisted my arm to join. That was nine years ago and I have enjoyed various roles on the board since.
Having a business background enables me to examine closely the relationship between costs and funding: which is very useful in planning. I am currently involved with two businesses in the medical and health industries giving me some insight into the obligations of the board from a legal and governance point of view.
I like to think of myself as a "plucky trier" never willingly ready to give up!
Hi, my name is Jerry and I joined the Board of Directors a few years ago after volunteering for a pilot scheme to do Social Accounting for the centre. I enjoyed spending time there and decided that I would like to become part of the team because I believe the centre really helps people in various ways and I decided I wanted to be part of it. After receiving my Accounting and Finance Degree I joined a company as a full time Production Controller but still volunteer when I can.
Drawn to Character Animation from an early age I studied BA (Hons) Computer Arts and Professional Masters in Games Development at Abertay University. Along with 4 other developers, I founded my own company; Future Fossil Studios LTD. Working on game production and commissioned projects, we also had great experience running workshops with local schools, Dare to be Digital and Princes Trust, teaching children and young adults about the development process and making their own games.
I discovered the MAXwell Centre when I began attending a craft class here, made to feel at home and supported by the lovely staff here I decided to become tutor of two craft groups. I also volunteer to help the centre run its social enterprise; MAXcrafts. Working with a variety of people and vulnerable adults I find creativity greatly aids mental wellbeing in many ways and I believe it should be accessible to everyone. I want to help others as much as I can with my experiences and encourage skillsharing, bringing people together.
Being familiar with the great work that the Maxwell Centre had been doing to date, I was eager to get involved. I look forward to its continued success in the years to come.
I am currently a software architect for a Fortune 500 company. I have spent over 11 years in the financial and IT services industries and am keen to see how I can apply my skillset and bring processes and procedures from larger corporations in to help the charity sector.
After volunteering and working at the Maxwell Centre for 9 months I've seen first hand the amazing work that goes on there. I was keen to help out in any way I could after taking up a job with Dundee Voluntary Action, and therefore put my name forward for the board.
I have an academic background; my PhD in philosophy focussed on collective responsibility for social justice, a subject about which I remain passionate. I currently run the Healthy Organisations Award, helping third sector organisations develop good governance.
More information about our other Board members coming soon.