Meet The Team
Our CEO Blake & Chairperson Darren
Darren is our incredibly hands-on Chairperson, who loves hanging out with our office dog, Blake. Darren is currently Curriculum and Quality Lead for Music and Sound Production at New College Lanarkshire. He is a local boy, with a passion for music and community empowerment. Darren started his journey as an NRFG volunteer, then staff member, to eventually become Chairperson. He has a huge investment in our organisation and we are very lucky to have him.
Kirsteen has been our service manager since October 2018. She is a qualified Social Worker and HR Manager, who brings a wealth of statutory and voluntary sector knowledge, skills and experience. Kirsteen doesn't know how to stop working, and as such pours her everything into our organisation. Did we mention she has another 2 jobs? Kirsteen was led to NRFG through her love of dance and she doesn't stop doing that either.
Jess is our newest member of the team and takes care of our admin and operations. A keen acrobat and comic book lover, Jess will always be found with a smile on her face. Nothing is too much trouble for this lovely human, and we love having her on board.
Karen is a Project Assistant at Balfour Beatty and Choir Leader for The Salvation Army. Karen is a keen brass musician and vocalist and brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in terms of community engagement, musicianship and project management. Karen is very family-centred and loves nothing more than hanging out with her loved ones.
Paul is a Community Services Officer with Glasgow Life. He is also a local artist, who is passionate about accessible community arts. Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in relations to community assets, services and developments. Paul is everything you would imagine a quirky artist to be, and more!
Our Amazing Volunteers
Nothing would be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers. Local people simply giving back to the communities in which they are invested. A true testament to the power of community spirit.
As you can see, Hugh is a keen musician with a love for gigging. Hugh was a previous NRFG participant and is now employed by Glasgow Council on Alcohol, as their Digital Media Coordinator. Hugh brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience of media and communications. He also has the driest sense of humour ever!
Iain is a Community Engagement Officer with Enable Scotland and also completed NRFG’s Access to Creative Industries course. Following this, he went on to university and completed his BA Sound Production qualification. He is now an active Board member and fantastic musician. He brings excellent knowledge, skills and experience in terms of musicianship, community development and creative industry education.
Derek is employed with the SRC as their National Recovery Community Development Officer. Derek completed NRFG’s Access to Creative Industries course before moving into full time employment with Addaction. He also recently started his own CIC, The Recovery Collective. This has enabled NRFG to develop a new partnership and provide further opportunities for our service-users to perform at a popular event. Did we mention he has some questionable dance moves?
Our Project Staff Geri, Stephen & Louise
Our projects are delivered with the help of our amazing sessional staff, Geri, Stephen and Louise. Geri is our resident DJ and also helps out in operations. She is an incredible youth worker with a side passion for yoga. Stephen has been working with NRFG since he had hair and is the lead practitioner for our Red Rubies project. He is an outstanding musician and creative genius.
Louise is the lead in our Sighthill Arts Strategy and a Glasgow Art School graduate, with a wealth of experience in community arts. A true advocate at heart!
George is the world's most pleasant man, and he has been involved with NRFG for longer than we can remember. He is an outstanding Treasurer and asset to our Board. George has recently retired from his role as Vice President Strategy and Finance at Royal Dutch Shell. He is a qualified accountant who brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience of finance management, accounting and strategic development.
Karen brings the glamour to the organisation and is our newest member of the Board of Directors. Karen is a freelance consultant for bookkeeping, accounting, finance management, HR and strategic development. Karen is passionate about community empowerment. She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience within her consultancy role.