Our team

  • Jim Sweeney MBE

    Chief Executive

    Jim is responsible for the strategic management of YouthLink Scotland and leading the Senior Management Team. He is directly accountable to our Board of Directors.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @JimSweeney

  • David Gillespie

    Business Manager

    David is responsible for finance, governance and HR.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Susan Dow

    PA to Chief Executive and Senior Management Team

    Susan is responsible for administration and supporting our governance. Get in touch with her if you'd like to join our membership.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Lorna Saunders

    Finance Assistant

    Lorna assists our Business Manager David with finance and HR activities. You'll find her in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Gillian Lithgow

    Development Manager, National Programmes

    Gillian manages the National Programmes team, including CashBack for Communities and No Knives, Better Lives.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @GillianLithgow

  • Emily Beever

    Senior Development Officer

    Emily manages YouthLink Scotland's participation in All In, an Erasmus+ funded project designing training to increase inclusive youth work practice across Europe.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @emilybeever

  • Jane Dailly

    No Knives, Better Lives National Co-ordinator

    Jane leads on national and local partnerships for No Knives, Better Lives.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @NKBLScotland

  • Hazel Selby

    Senior Grants Administrator

    Hazel manages administration for our national funding programmes, including CashBack for Communities.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Orielle Taylor

    No Knives, Better Lives National Co-ordinator

    Orielle delivers training and manages all things digital for No Knives, Better Lives.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @NKBLScotland

  • Margaret McLeod

    Policy and Information Manager

    Margaret and her team support policy, research and networks at YouthLink Scotland, including conferences, events and digital channels.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @MgtMcLeod

  • Susan Hunter

    Senior Development Officer, Policy and Research

    Susan is currently on maternity leave. In the meantime, you can contact Emily Beever for policy enquiries.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @Sus_Hunter20

  • Núria Ruiz

    Digital Development Officer

    Núria is responsible for digital strategy at YouthLink Scotland, leading on digital media and training for our national programmes.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @publishingnuria

  • Susan Symington

    Events and Information Officer

    Susan leads on events at YouthLink Scotland, including our National Youth Worker of the Year Awards. She also edits our News and fortnightly Youth Work Briefing.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • John Wilkinson

    Information Officer

    John manages our extensive Funding and Arts Directories, in addition to supporting YouthLink Scotland events.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Tim Frew

    Practice and Workforce Development Manager

    Tim supports the youth work sector to develop and share good practice, with a strategic role in the development of youth work training to ensure that national training frameworks reflect your needs.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @timfrew

  • Liz Green

    Senior Development Officer, Practice Development

    Liz leads on practice development for digital youth work, European and international youth work, learning for sustainability, youth work training/qualifications, and the #iwill campaign for youth volunteering.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @lizfmgreen

  • Leia Ferrer

    Development Assistant

    Leia helps with social media and design for Workforce Development.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Sarah Robertson

    Senior Development Officer, Training

    Sarah has a training remit, co-ordinating and delivering programmes such as Police Scotland Youth Volunteer training and Recognising & Realising Children’s Rights Train the Trainer. She's our contact for Equalities and co-ordinates the Scottish Equalities in Youth Work Steering Group.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @YLSSarahRobbo

  • Lisa Gallacher

    Development Officer, Scotswummin

    Lisa leads on academic research for Scotswummin. She is currently investigating youth work's contribution to the women's movement since 1850 for a Heritage Lottery Fund report.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Amy Goulding

    Development Officer, Scotswummin

    Amy is joint project co-ordinator for Scotswummin, supporting youth groups to investigate women of influence in their community. Amy leads on delivering the youth-led research element of the project.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Sarah Robinson Galloway

    Digital Development and Participation Officer

    Sarah manages our Action on Sectarianism programme, tackling sectarianism and hate crime across Scotland.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @AoSScotland

  • Paul McCallan

    Digital Resources and Creative Media Officer

    Often found behind the camera or editing footage, Paul supports design and creative media at YouthLink Scotland.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Sarah Paterson

    Public Affairs, Media and Communications Manager

    Sarah leads on public affairs and communications at YouthLink Scotland. She edits The Link and chairs our Communications and PR Network.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Gwen Amant

    Public Affairs, Media and Communications Assistant

    Gwen supports our Public Affairs, Media and Communications Manager Sarah. Get in touch if you'd like to write for our blog or join the Communications and PR Network.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Sandra McIntyre

    National Development Manager, 16+ Activity Agreements

    Sandra leads on Youth Employability, supporting local authorities and their partners to best deliver within the Activity Agreement framework.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • Marielle Bruce

    Development Officer, 16+ Activity Agreements

    Marielle runs our Trusted Professional Network. Get in touch if you would like to host a regional Trusted Professional meeting.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

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