Staff & Board
The people kickstarting change in Renfrew.
Who: Graeme McMeekin
Further Info: Chair of Renfrew Development Trust. Graeme’s full-time job is as a Vice-Principal & Lecturer in Youth & Community Work with Applied Theology. With a background as a youth worker, Graeme has lived in Renfrew since 2005 with his wife Barbara, and currently teaches Youth and Community Work. He is particularly keen to see the same principles of Community Development applied to his own town. Graeme is currently on the board of a number of charities including Renfrew YMCA and the Community Learning and Development Standards Council Approvals Committee and regularly attends the local Baptist Church.
Who: Gordon Burgess
Further Info: Treasurer of Renfrew Development Trust Steering Group. Gordon moved to Renfrew 35 years ago via a youthful stint in South Africa and is keenly interested in local politics. He was formerly Chair of Dean Park Residents Association for some 12 years and achieved considerable success in maintaining and improving the Dean Park area. Now retired from a successful career in purchasing Gordon is also Minute Secretary and Vice-Chair of Renfrew Community Council and truly believes that a Development Trust in Renfrew could oversee further improvements for the town and its residents in the future.
Who: Jim Weir
Further Info: Currently Vice-Chair of the Renfrew and Inverclyde Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, Jim is also former Chair of Paisley South Housing Association and board member of Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH) and Community Links making his experience an asset to the Steering Group.
Jim feels that a Development Trust in Renfrew will be able to make a real difference for the community and its surrounding areas in years to come.
Who: Atholl Kinnear
Further Info: Having served in the military for over thirty years and on retirement, Atholl joined the military charity ‘SSAFA’, ( Soldiers and Sailors Families Association) for whom he still works. Formerly a member of a local residents group. In his spare time Atholl likes walking, fishing, gardening and reading.
In his spare time Atholl likes walking, fishing, gardening and reading.
Who: Catherine Hughes
Further Info: Catherine has lived in Renfrew over 37 years. Her background is in healthcare and as a carer. She believes that access to services that help improve a person’s wellbeing should be available locally to help promote opportunities that maximise health and help people to self-manage their conditions more effectively. These interests include the interrelated holistic aspects, wider influences and effects on an individual’s health and care which is also a priority of the Renfrew Development Trust by extending the opportunities available locally to maximise potential. Catherine’s interests include crafts, writing, photography and nature.
Who: Kevin Milliken
Further Info: Kevin is 18 years old who works part time at the SSE HYDRO with Levy Restaurants. He is a former pupil of Trinity High School, Renfrew and has lived in Renfrew all his life. Founder and Director of the food fundraising campaign “FOOD BANK FOOD RUSH” in Renfrewshire a highly successful campaign. He also volunteers for many charities including: The Trussell Trust, SCIAF, Ozanam, APD ( Association of People with Disability) in India where he visited in June 2014. Kevin has just finished writing a business plan to start his own social enterprise in the bottled water industry with 100% of profits going to 4 charities behind the business brand. He has a challenging ambitious future ahead of him.
Who: Marie Ward
Further Info: Marie has 21 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector. She has an excellent track record in developing new initiatives and was instrumental in the establishment of Cranhill Development Trust as a community development trust. Previous experience includes developing credit unions across Strathclyde and developing Micro Finance nitiatives across the West of Scotland. Marie was also self-employed for a number of years working as a consultant specialising in voluntary sector management, training and assessment.
Who: Stacey Gallacher
Further Info: Stacey has been working since she was sixteen, originally starting out on a YTS Programme before moving to live in Manchester for ten years. Stacey studied Admin and Information Management at Reid Kerr College, attaining her HND in 2004 becoming a manager for Blockbuster until June 2012. Stacey has worked in numerous office based and retail roles for such diverse organisations as Federal express, Farmfoods, Britvic, North West Water, CIS, Holland and Barrett and Engage Renfrewshire. Stacey has two children, Reece, 12 and Lili, 4 and lives in Renfrew. She enjoys long drives, spending time with friends, cinema and music.
Who: Helen McLaughlin
Further Info: Helen is retired from a career in market research. She is active in a number of community organisations including the Board of Renfrewshire Wide Credit Union for nearly 10 years and Secretary of Friends of Knockhill Park in Renfrew
Who: Margaret Rainnie
Further Info: Margaret is a retired registered nurse/manager who has 43 years experience in healthcare as well as a BSc in Health Care Studies from UWS University,
Previously Margaret was a secretary for Dean Park Residents Association and a member of Renfrew Community Council, which she resigned from due to work commitments.
Both of Margaret’s children attended local schools and were active in local groups such as the; Scouts, Brownies and the local swimming team. She has been living in Renfrew for 33 years and joined RDT to be a part of a team which focused on the improvement of the town and benefits the people of Renfrew.
Who: Dr Paul Tarrant
Further Info: Outside of Paul’s career in General Practice, he has held voluntary posts in community development, and in strategic development in overseas projects, recruiting and preparing volunteers for their placements. Mentoring and equipping other volunteers is important to Paul as he finds ways to help them feel effective in their contributions to an organisation.