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our staff

The staff team at COVEY continues to grow, with bank staff now joining our team. Our longest serving team member has now been with us for over 18 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!

Business Support Team
  • Rhoda Reid (Chief Executive)
  • Lynn Cochrane (Operational Support)
  • Debbie Gavan (Operational Leader)
  • Wendy Johnstone (Project Development Leader)
  • Joyce Leighton (Office Leader)

our board

 
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.

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.

 
 
Gordon Roberts

Having retired from teaching I was keen to devote my energy and attitudes to a worthwhile project to support families and young people. In my capacity as Deputy Head Teacher, I led and coordinated the Pupil Support Team and Support for Learning Department and it was in this role that I was aware of the work COVEY Befriending provided to support young people, particularly in Clydesdale. This seemed like a "good fit" with my values and willingness to become involved.

I applied to volunteer and completed my training in December 2019. Further conversations and reflections followed which led to me being invited to attend a few Board meetings to gain more knowledge and understanding of how the organisation provides valuable support in the community.

Providing insight from my previous career will contribute to Covey's expansion and development at a crucial stage in the lives of young people and their families.

David Bonner

I was looking for an opportunity to use my skills and time for the benefit of others.

I have broad ranging life and business experience that I feel positively contributes to the Board.

I see myself in the COVEY values whilst also bringing empathy, resilience and an enquiring mind to the role.

 
 
Patrick Murphy

I wanted to be part of the Board to hopefully add value to an already excellent team of passionate people that work across the programmes.

Living in the local area I am keen for young people to get as many opportunities to enrich their lives as possible.

I feel my professional connections and knowledge of the South Lanarkshire area complements the values based approach of Covey and ultimately supports its growth in the future.

John Ryan

I joined the Board to bring my experience of working in social work for 34 years to help COVEY continue to make a difference to the children and families it works with.

Issues relating to poverty and disadvantage that many children and families face in Lanarkshire have not changed and I have never lost my passion to work with those who experience disadvantage the most.

Covey is an organisation that is well established and well respected and I believe that my experience of work with children and families can help Covey to continue to have the magnificent impact it has.

I am hugely motivated to make a difference and have the drive, energy and determination to succeed, bringing a highly professional approach to help drive the organisation forward.

 
 
Estelle Carmichael

I am privileged to have worked with children and families for over 25 years and I am blown away by the passion and dedication from the COVEY community.

I am committed to social justice and believe that access to opportunity and the chance to make positive relationships can make a difference - real and powerful change.

I feel that COVEY fits well with me, as a person and as a professional. Drawing on experience from practice and policy in local authorities, third sector, CELCIS (Centre for excellence for Children's Care and Protection) and the Scottish Government, I hope to contribute to the work of the Board to play a part in a valuable organisation.

 
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.

 
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.

 
David Bonner

I was looking for an opportunity to use my skills and time for the benefit of others.

I have broad ranging life and business experience that I feel positively contributes to the Board.

I see myself in the COVEY values whilst also bringing empathy, resilience and an enquiring mind to the role.

 
Patrick Murphy

I wanted to be part of the Board to hopefully add value to an already excellent team of passionate people that work across the programmes.

Living in the local area I am keen for young people to get as many opportunities to enrich their lives as possible.

I feel my professional connections and knowledge of the South Lanarkshire area complements the values based approach of Covey and ultimately supports its growth in the future.

 
John Ryan

I joined the Board to bring my experience of working in social work for 34 years to help COVEY continue to make a difference to the children and families it works with.

Issues relating to poverty and disadvantage that many children and families face in Lanarkshire have not changed and I have never lost my passion to work with those who experience disadvantage the most.

Covey is an organisation that is well established and well respected and I believe that my experience of work with children and families can help Covey to continue to have the magnificent impact it has.

I am hugely motivated to make a difference and have the drive, energy and determination to succeed, bringing a highly professional approach to help drive the organisation forward.

 
Estelle Carmichael

I am privileged to have worked with children and families for over 25 years and I am blown away by the passion and dedication from the COVEY community.

I am committed to social justice and believe that access to opportunity and the chance to make positive relationships can make a difference - real and powerful change.

I feel that COVEY fits well with me, as a person and as a professional. Drawing on experience from practice and policy in local authorities, third sector, CELCIS (Centre for excellence for Children's Care and Protection) and the Scottish Government, I hope to contribute to the work of the Board to play a part in a valuable organisation.

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