Community Links Scotland

CLS has a staff team of seven, who together have a varied and diverse background of skills that include: funding procurement, community development, economic development, community capacity building, participation and consultation techniques, community art, project management, urban/rural regeneration, landscape architecture and volunteer training.

All our project staff have an established base of experience in the social / voluntary / community / housing sectors. Our staff can work in isolation, or in partnership with client staff from an RSL, community group or relevant agency.

Stephen Singer

Director

Stephen is the founder and Director of Community Links Scotland. Stephen has a background in housing and has supported community groups for more than twenty five years. Stephen combines managing the organisation while working for a range of community led organisations, assisting them with their governance and supporting them in the journey from project inspiration to implementation including the preparation of business plans, community action plans, options studies and funding procurement.

Stephen is dad of two young boys and an active volunteer in his own community, helping to organise junior football training. An ex-geographer he has a fascination for urban form and also enjoys gardening.

 

Christine Menhennet

Project Manager

Over the years, Christine has worked in the private public and voluntary sectors; she has a background in landscape architecture and is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI); she has been a Project Manager with CLS for 15 years. Although not exclusively, much of her work with us has been rurally based, with a community assets and environmental focus, supporting communities to develop and implement community asset enhancements and takeovers including village halls, community centres, growing spaces and woodlands.

In her spare time Christine enjoys gardening and chairs a community horticultural group in her village; she is a qualified Mountain Leader and competitive mountain runner; she also collects antique scent bottles and loves a good scone!

 

Louise Bacon

Project Manager

Louise joined Community Links Scotland as a Project Manager in 2005. She is a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI) with a post graduate qualification in Urban Regeneration. Louise has worked on a variety of large scale employment training, financial inclusion and community capacity building projects and supports RSLs and third sector organisations to access funding, develop and implement new projects. In particular, she has worked extensively within Inverclyde building long term relationships with a variety of clients to take forward large partnership projects.

Outside of work, Louise is Treasurer of her local Community Development Trust, sits on the Committee of a Junior Curling Club and is involved in supporting her daughters school to secure funds to transform their playgrounds. She also provides a taxi and cheerleading service to her kids for their various sporting activities – which leaves very little time for anything else!

 

Stephen Horsburgh

Project Officer

Stephen has been with CLS for 16 years and it is his role to keep us up to date with the latest information in relation to new funding streams. As senior Project Officer, he has been responsible for many of our largest and most complex funding successes playing a major role in procuring over £12m for community led projects over the last 5 years.

When not completing applications, Stephen is very active on his local village hall committee; he is also a dad of two young boys and enjoys sharing with them his own love of mountains, tennis and football and looks forward to the time he can also share with them his interest in real ale!

 

Adam Wallace

Project Officer

Adam is our most recent recruit having joined us in 2015 as a Project Officer in which time he has proved himself invaluable with his research, assimilation and reporting skills. In addition to the research work, he has been very involved in the implementation of community consultations and is successful at drawing responses from even the most reluctant participant!

Adam has a strong volunteering background with the Scottish Refugee Council and the Scout movement. He does not have a TV but clearly acquires knowledge in other ways as he is part of a very successful pub quiz team and is our office film guru. When not decorating his first flat, he is out testing craft gins or walking the family dogs!

 

Alison Shaw

Finance and Admin Manager

Alison is our Finance and Admin Manager and she has been with CLS in this most vital post for 15 years; she also keeps us right in all manner of office domestics from printing and plant watering, to keys and kitchen duties!

In her spare time, when not busy with childcare for her several grandchildren, Alison is either in competition bowling Scotland wide, organising bowling events or caring for the family’s horses and dogs; she enjoys gardening and is also addicted to house hunting and interior decor TV programmes!

 

Janette Devlin

Training and Volunteer Coordinator

Originally joining as a youth worker, Janette has been with CLS for nine years. For the last five years she has been our Volunteer Co-ordinator and was responsible for ensuring that in March 2013, CLS gained SQA approval for the delivery of a range of training courses which have helped to progress the lives of many individuals.

Janette certainly loves a good party but is equally happy heading off to the remoter parts of Scotland in her caravan, seeking the quieter camp sites and the finest fish restaurants! Back home she loves walking her dog and organising family and friend get-togethers. She is a recently qualified celebrant and has acted for several happy couples.