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our staff

The staff team at COVEY have grown to now number 17, with the longest serving team member having been with us for over 15 years.

Central to our team is the commitment and passion that is shown with each person bringing their own unique set of skills, knowledge and experience to their role.

These skills include youth work, therapeutic work, specialisms in additional needs, mental health interventions and leadership.

This is all held together by a strong administrative core.

We have 5 dog lovers, a bagpiper, a couple of grandmothers, a theatre buff, a dancer and a designer amongst others. This creates a rich and varied team resulting in some interesting office conversations!

Staff Members
  • Rhoda Reid (Project Leader)
  • Lynn Cochrane (Befriending Leader)
  • Elisa McLean (Befriending Coordinator)
  • Jackie Meager (Befriending Coordinator)
  • Deirdre Walker (Befriending Coordinator - Additional Needs)
  • Sam McDonald (Befriending Support)
  • Louise Murdoch (Group Coordinator)
  • Karla Fletcher (Group Coordinator)
  • Jayne Jeffrey (Group Facilitator)
  • Anne-Marie Clements (Group Facilitator)
  • Allison Keteb (Outreach Worker)
  • Isobel Jones (Outreach Worker)
  • Lucinda Blackadder (Outreach Worker)
  • Debbie Gavan (Family Support Coordinator)
  • Lynsey Hunter (Family Support Worker)
  • Tricia Balavage (Group Facilitator)
  • Joyce Leighton (Office Leader)

our board

 
Les Morgan (Chairperson)

Having been Chairperson since January 2009, I have seen the team become cohesive and caring, growing in innovation and passion due to their commitment.

I applied for the post following an advert, being attracted to the possibility (as a past trained PE teacher) of helping young people. Chief Executive of Moray Council in the early nineties. I now run my own company dealing with culture change.

I aim to bring organisational leadership and a big picture vision, combined with focused attention to detail. With my understanding of Local and Central Government at the highest level this position has given me opportunity to use my skills and bring a passion and energy to get things done. I love nothing more than listening to my wide range of music sitting by the coal fire of an evening.

Rachel Giddins

Wanting to be part of an organisation that improves the lives of others, I joined the COVEY Board. Time is one of the most precious commodities we have and using it to help others aligns with my own values.

I believe I bring a positive energy and a passion for improving the lives of others.

 
 
Helena MacGregor

I have been an active board member since March 2016 where I was lucky enough to commence my COVEY journey by joining a staff development day where I was bowled over by the unity and team spirit present. I had been interested in being a board member through knowing COVEY through previous employment, and being impressed by their ethos and high standards in service delivery, and their vision of the whole family approach.

I come from a background of funding and youth services, with further experience in event management. I aim to support the organisation in its sustainability through funding and to offer ideas on future growth.

Emma Kennedy

I joined COVEY's Board in 2017 after looking for a new volunteering opportunity. Having worked in community development and health and social care for many years I was attracted by the work of COVEY and their commitment to supporting young people and their families to live out their aspirations and potential.

Working now in national public health, I often feel removed from what's happening in communities and volunteering with COVEY gives me the opportunity to provide governance and support to the team as well as reconnecting with what's happening for families and young people.

I bring my enthusiasm and commitment to social justice and fairness as well as my experience of working in national and local health and social care policy and practice in Scotland. Podcasts, gardening, dog walking and time with family and friends are the things that help me to be my best.

 
 
Scott Goodsir-Smyth

I'm delighted to have recently joined the COVEY board in June 2018 after looking for volunteer opportunities where I could offer my time.

I was immediately impressed by the enthusiasm of the organisation and its staff and jumped at the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic story and journey.

I aim to bring my experience in the technology sector and operational focus to COVEY to try and offer a fresh perspective on challenges as the organisation continues to grow and provide its fantastic services.

Jimmy Wilson

I have worked with young people for many years and am extremely passionate about enhancing every young person's chances in life. I was attracted to joining the Board at COVEY because of the values and dedication I see from the staff team and current Board members.

I believe that every young person can benefit from a caring befriender, someone who will listen and be there for him or her on a regular basis.

I have been involved in community development for nearly 20 years after leaving the Armed Forces and wanted to bring my knowledge and experience of building and developing voluntary organisations to COVEY.

 
 
Les Morgan (Chairperson)

Having been Chairperson since January 2009, I have seen the team become cohesive and caring, growing in innovation and passion due to their commitment.

I applied for the post following an advert, being attracted to the possibility (as a past trained PE teacher) of helping young people. Chief Executive of Moray Council in the early nineties. I now run my own company dealing with culture change.

I aim to bring organisational leadership and a big picture vision, combined with focused attention to detail. With my understanding of Local and Central Government at the highest level this position has given me opportunity to use my skills and bring a passion and energy to get things done. I love nothing more than listening to my wide range of music sitting by the coal fire of an evening.

 
Rachel Giddins

Wanting to be part of an organisation that improves the lives of others, I joined the COVEY Board. Time is one of the most precious commodities we have and using it to help others aligns with my own values.

I believe I bring a positive energy and a passion for improving the lives of others.

 
Helena MacGregor

I have been an active board member since March 2016 where I was lucky enough to commence my COVEY journey by joining a staff development day where I was bowled over by the unity and team spirit present. I had been interested in being a board member through knowing COVEY through previous employment, and being impressed by their ethos and high standards in service delivery, and their vision of the whole family approach.

I come from a background of funding and youth services, with further experience in event management. I aim to support the organisation in its sustainability through funding and to offer ideas on future growth.

 
Emma Kennedy

I joined COVEY's Board in 2017 after looking for a new volunteering opportunity. Having worked in community development and health and social care for many years I was attracted by the work of COVEY and their commitment to supporting young people and their families to live out their aspirations and potential.

Working now in national public health, I often feel removed from what's happening in communities and volunteering with COVEY gives me the opportunity to provide governance and support to the team as well as reconnecting with what's happening for families and young people.

I bring my enthusiasm and commitment to social justice and fairness as well as my experience of working in national and local health and social care policy and practice in Scotland. Podcasts, gardening, dog walking and time with family and friends are the things that help me to be my best.

 
Joanne Tierney

I am delighted to have been a COVEY board member since July 2017.

Having worked with young people and communities for the past 20 years, I have seen first-hand the valuable impact COVEY has on service users and this inspired me to apply to become a board member.

I aim to support the current work being delivered and assist the staff and board members in planning organisational growth and development. I am passionate about providing meaningful services to young people, giving them opportunities and positive role models to assist in their development.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, catching up with my friends and volunteering.

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