I have been involved with The Maxwell Centre for 2 and a half years and I have seen the Centre grow well in stature since then. As Chair of The Maxwell Centre I am very hands on and my background in Social Work, IT and Catering makes me well suited to working in the centre. This has been the most rewarding part of my life working here and I intend to be here for a good while yet.
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!
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 Secretary 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.
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.
More information about our other Board members coming soon.