Meet the Trustees
The other part of PAN is our wider membership. This includes the trustees, local individuals, representatives from local churches, community and voluntary organisations who meet monthly with other partners to share information and work together on community issues. Scroll below to see our trustees.
I’ve been involved with the hub a long time – at least since 2014! I Volunteered when I moved back to Pollokshaws. I helped out in the garden and saw the hub flourish when we got the building several years ago. I became a trustee for PAN and try to come to events whenever I can.
I have a connection with Pollokshaws through work and also volunteering with the Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. My background is in community and economic development and also management consultancy. I’ve worked with the Hub for the last 6 years as part of my job with James Dornan, the local MSP. This has included providing support and assistance to the support project and helping at Gala Days as well as dealing with issues raised by residents. I began volunteering during Covid to help with delivering food parcels. I became a Trustee in February 2021 and then Chairman in June after the sad passing of our previous Chairman. It’s a great organisation that is community focused and is responsive to the needs of the wider community. The good work that everyone achieves, as a team, encouraged me to join up!
I have been part of this network for about three years. I started off being involved in the needlework class where we do many different crafts with some ladies and gents in the community. After a short while I became more involved and became a trustee. Being part of the network is very rewarding and like having an extended family offering support and, importantly, companionship to our wide community.
I grew up in Arden and went to Bellarmine secondary school in Pollok. Since training at RSAMD Glasgow and Royal College of music in London I have mainly been a freelance orchestral musician and until 2020 I worked with Scottish Ballet orchestra. For the last 25 years I have combined playing, teaching and choir conducting. In 2000 I studied horticulture/garden design and began doing regular garden maintenance work alongside my music. I joined the staff at Pollokshaws Hub in 2015 as the Community Garden volunteer coordinator and for the last three years I have also led the community choir with my husband Kenneth playing piano.
To my mind it’s preferable that the majority, if not all, the trustees live in the local area. Although I don’t meet that criterion, virtually my whole working career was in Pollokshaws as a GP at the local medical centre. For much of that time Pollokshaws suffered from loss of jobs and residents and from lack of investment of all kinds. We witnessed the dramatic effect on many of our patients’ physical and mental health and the palpable loss of the feeling of community. I’m now retired, but still feel an affinity for the area and believe its people are unique and its greatest resource. Nothing would please me more than to see the community continue to rebuild and emerge again as a great place to live. Pollokshaws Area Network has been at the centre of this regeneration over the last few years and so being known as “The Hub” is a title well earned! I am sure PAN will continue to offer a friendly welcome to anyone who appears at the door, engage with fellow local organisations in a constructive way and continue to demonstrate its willingness to respond flexibly and imaginatively to any individual or group who can benefit from support.