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 @jimsweeneyyls

  • Lorena Little

    Business Manager

    Lorena 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 Lorena 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, as well as our No Knives, Better Lives programme.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @emilybeever

  • Jane Dailly

    Senior Development Officer

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

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @NKBLScotland

  • Nadia Freeman

    Senior Development Officer

    Nadia manages the development and delivery of our Action on Prejudice programme, inspiring action on prejudice across Scotland.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @AoP_Scotland

  • Lisa Gallacher

    Digital Development and Participation Officer

    Lisa manages our Action on Sectarianism programme, tackling sectarianism and hate crime across Scotland. She previously led on research into youth work's contribution to the women's movement for Scotswummin.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @AoSScotland

  • Sarah Robinson Galloway

    Senior Development Officer

    Sarah manages the development and delivery of our Action on Prejudice programme, inspiring action on prejudice across Scotland. She is currently on maternity leave.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @AoP_Scotland

  • 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

    Senior Development Officer

    Orielle delivers training and manages all things digital for No Knives, Better Lives. She is currently on maternity leave.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @NKBLScotland

  • Blane Traynor

    Grants Administrator

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

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • 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

    Susan is policy lead for YouthLink Scotland, developing all consultation responses. She also co-ordinates the Policy Forum, Members Network and supports the Scottish Youth Work Research Steering Group.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

    Twitter @Sus_Hunter20

  • Núria Ruiz

    Digital Development and Projects 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

    Information and Events Officer

    Susan is responsible for our fortnightly Youth Work Briefing and our News section, as well as organising national events including the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards.

    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

    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

  • Amy Goulding

    Senior Development Officer

    Amy leads on youth-led research for Youngwummin, supporting youth groups to investigate the involvement of young Scottish women in the First World War.

    Contact me

    Tel 0131 313 2488

  • 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 Robertson

    Senior Development Officer

    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

  • Sarah Paterson

    Public Affairs, Media and Communications

    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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