Our Staff

Below you will find out more about the staff at Engage Renfrewshire, including their social media presence. If you wish to contact a member of our staff directly, please click on their name to send them an email.

Alan McNiven - Chief Executive


I am Chief Executive of Renfrewshire's TSI 'Engage Renfrewshire' which supports local community action, volunteering, and social enterprise. The agency also promotes the local Third Sector’s role in Community Planning. 

I have a wide range of experience within education, regeneration policy and community engagement delivery with emphasis around the arts, youth work and the Third Sector. I've developed significant community initiatives including the establishment of community radio projects, ‘Out of Schools Learning’ initiatives, and award winning diversionary programmes. I also have experience in community asset transfers and local employment initiatives.

I managed a Youth Arts Service in Strathclyde Region before undertaking study in Photography & Film. During that time I was employed in a number of freelance roles with music and design companies and carried out photography briefs across the UK. On graduating I took up a range of education and arts roles with Renfrewshire Council which included acting as Principal Arts Officer before moving on to Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company where I was Company Manager.

During 2010 I managed the merger of the three local Third Sector support agencies in Renfrewshire to establish ‘Engage Renfrewshire’, taking up the role of Chief Executive in December 2010. In this new role I've been committed to the development of excellent community engagement practices for the Community Planning Partnership and championed the establishment of improved financial & governance models for Third Sector organisations.

I'm Chair of Renfrewshire's Forum for Empowering Communities, member of the Management Group for ‘Kibbleworks', member of the SFA's Developing Community Football Clubs Project Team, member of the 'Paisley 2021 City of Culture' bid team and Chair of Childcare First Limited.

I hold a Masters Degree in Social Enterprise and I'm currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate (Justice, Welfare and Policy). 

Amy Heywood - Finance Admin Assistant

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I joined Engage Renfrewshire in 2012 originally for 6 months with CJS (Community Jobs Scotland) as Front of House Assistant, during this time on occasion I would assist with administration duties for Engage’s Finance Team. After I completed the 6 months CJS, Engage offered me the post of Finance Administrator to which lead me to become a Trainee Accounts Assistant. I left Engage in 2015 for a year and returned in 2016 as the Finance Administrator.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Pension administration
  • Payroll administration, including registering new clients
  • Payroll weekly, monthly schedules both internally & externally
  • File maintenance
  • Weekly updating of social media

Amy is also working towards her SVQ in Payroll 

Out with Engage, I voluntarily part own a local community group in Renfrew (in partnership with Renfrew YMCA) called “Let’s Play!” we have 4 separate areas for activities e.g. a music room, arts & crafts area, soft play equipment and my favourite a sensory room. Let’s Play is for 0-5 years, parents/guardians must stay with the child at all times and we ask for the use of mobiles to solely be used for taking photos with our main aim to empower parents/guardians.

In any spare time that I have left, my friends and I go on road trips around Scotland visiting as many places as we can and I have started working my way round visiting cities abroad to become more knowledgeable about different cultures.

Darren Main - Finance Officer                                          

Darren.jpgI have worked at Engage since January 2012.

I am responsible for the Sales Ledger of Engage, Childcare First & recording the bank transactions of all our individual payroll clients.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Raising invoices for money owed to Engage(ER) or Childcare First (CCF)
  • Debt chasing outstanding monies
  • Liaise with CCF relating to parental fees and payments
  • Client bank reconciliations
  • Client internal transfers / invoices owed to ER
  • Monitoring reports for Renfrewshire Council
  • Balance sheet control accounts  for ER, CCF and clients 

Outwith Engage Darren enjoys spending time with his family and friends and enjoys the outdoors.


Denise Connor - Payroll Officer  


I started with Engage in November 13 as a Finance Administrator and have since then progressed to become the Payroll Officer within the Finance Team. My responsibilities have varied since joining Engage, although I have enjoyed the challenges and experiences that my role has created. 

Areas of Responsibility:

  • All payroll issues for clients, ER and CCF
  • HMRC & pensions monthly payments
  • Sheriff Officer deductions
  • Pension assessments
  • Monthly reconciliations of payroll accounts
  • Year end HMRC reporting 

In my spare time enjoy spending time with my family, Sunday dinners, cooking, trying out new recipes. 

Frances de Woronin - Finance Assistant

Frances.jpgI joined Engage in December 2001 and I am responsible for all the Purchase Ledger & Petty Cash both for Engage & Childcare First.

I support all the Payroll Clients processing their invoice payments.

Areas of Responsibily:

  • Petty Cash for ER
  • Processing invoices on behalf of ER, CCF and payroll clients
  • Preparing payments runs for all
  • Balance sheet control accounts  for ER, CCF and clients
  • Inputting payroll payments through bank
  • Internal bank transfer
  • In Head of Finance absence budget queries 

When I am not working I am kept busy enjoying time with my family and love travelling around Scotland and seeing all its beautiful scenery any season of the year.

Heather Kay - Credit Union Development Officer


Hi, my name is Heather Kay and I am the Credit Union Development Officer for Renfrewshire. I work with five credit unions currently operating throughout Renfrewshire:

  • Gleniffer Credit Union
  • Johnstone Credit Union
  • Renfrewshire-wide Credit Union
  • Scotwest Credit Union
  • White Cart Credit Union

I support the credit unions to increase their membership, recruit volunteers and provide advice on how they can become more sustainable. In the upcoming year, I will be focussing on:

  • Increasing savings through the Renfrewshire Council initiative, iSave, which gives every primary 7 pupil, who is moving on to secondary school, £10 to open their credit union account
  • Encouraging local businesses to sign up for the Payroll Deduction Scheme. This scheme assists employees to save directly with a credit union from their wages.
  • Continuing to act as secretariat for Renfrewshire’s Affordable Credit Group. This group seeks to identify and promote affordable credit for the Renfrewshire community.

In my spare time, I enjoy attending comic conventions with my cosplaying daughter, knitting with my mum, hiking around the UK with friends and 'myth busting' research with my husband.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know anything about credit unions, iSave, Payroll Deduction or the Affordable Credit Group.

Iain Cunningham - Third Sector Development Officer

iain.jpgI have a wide range of experience within community development, regeneration and community engagement delivery with particular emphasis around Social Enterprise, capacity building, community learning and development including Education Scotland School and learning community inspections as well as the Third Sector. I have also assisted with the development of a number of significant community initiatives including the establishment of community tool kits (Funding, Social Enterprise and Community Planning).

I also have experience in community asset transfers and local employment initiatives and am published with Glasgow University Department of Adult & Continuing Education as a model of good community practice case study.

I am committed to the development of excellent community engagement practices for the Community Planning Partnership and sits on Greener thematic board for communities.

I enjoy playing 7 a side football (too old and slow for 5’s) with his friends and Motorcycling.

Jacqueline Carroll - Head of Finance


I am the Head of Finance for Engage Renfrewshire with overall responsibility for the financial management and governance of the company. My responsibilities also include overseeing and promoting the Payroll & Financial Services and supporting the subsidiary company, Childcare First.

I have over 13 year’s Third Sector experience, working with Engage and have worked within the private sector previous to joining Engage.

In my spare time I am a dedicated ‘Dance Mum’ to my 4 girls, which takes up most of my time and money!!

For all queries relating to setting up Payroll, Bookkeeping/ financial services and Auto Enrolment please contact me:  jcarroll@engagerenfrewshire.com

Joe Ferrie - Delivery Operations Manager


I have 18 years of third sector experience and have also worked in both the public and private sector. My current role (since 2011) with Engage covers managing operational delivery, including volunteering development, social enterprise, capacity building, Community Planning ( strategic and operational), health and social care, partnership development, Empowerment Act, Children and Young People Act and equalities. In addition I am responsible for HR and policies. I am a Director of Childcare First Ltd. and sit on a number of committees, including the HSCP Strategic Planning Group, Voluntary Sector Forum, Renfrewshire Adult Protection Committee, Children`s Champions Board, Affordable Credit Group (Chair).

I would describe myself as young in mind, if not in actually reality! I have four grandchildren, which helps to keep the young mind syndrome going. I love music of all kinds, but have a particular fondness for blues. In addition I like to spend time outdoors, when the weather permits – the garden not the hills! I also enjoy reading and can get happily lost in a good book.

Joe Gillespie - Cleaner / Caretaker

10.jpgI have worked for Engage in its various guises since the early 2000s and as the Caretaker I am responsible for the security of the building before and after the working day. I also assist with health and safety processes, am the building handyman and am responsible for keeping the building shiny clean.

When I am not at work I like to spend time with my six grandchildren and have the occasional beer.

Karen Miller - Volunteer Development Officer


I am Engage Renfrewshire’s Volunteer Development Officer.  I support organisations with best practice advice, saltire awards, policy development, marketing volunteering opportunities, volunteer referrals, projects, work placements, events, and the volunteer friendly quality accreditation. 

I am highly committed to highlighting the professionalism of volunteering across Renfrewshire. I am also Chair of Renfrewshire’s Volunteer Manager Forum which comprises of over 50 members, all of whom are involved managing volunteers. This Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss topical issues, share best practice and organise joint events.

Prior to this I held the position of Renfrew West Community Development Officer with Engage Renfrewshire. I was formerly a Director of HR with one of the largest social care organisations in Scotland.

Kate Grant - Administrator

Kate.jpgI am Administrator at Engage and have been in the role since April 2016. Prior to this I worked in several sectors including charity, construction and advertising.

The Administrator role can mean wearing several hats on a daily basis including overseeing Reception, administrative support to the CEO and Board, Health & Safety, liaison with Engage’s tenants and events planning.

I also put together and send out the weekly E-Alert so get in touch with me if you have some information or events that  you would like included. The best email for this is info@engagerenfrewshire.com

In my free time I can mostly be found walking my dog or at a rowdy gig. 

Kim Cameron - Volunteer Admin Officer


I have worked for Engage Renfrewshire since July 2005 and am employed as Saltire and Volunteering Administration Officer.  I have built up strong working relations with schools and has gained a wide knowledge of the Sector and the local community.

In my spare time I enjoy up-cycling furniture, socialising and spending time with my family.

For further information on the Saltire Awards, please contact me. 

Lauren Gilmour -  Digital Volunteer Coordinator

laurengilmour1.jpgMy name is Lauren Gilmour and I am the Digital Volunteer Co-ordinator for three days a week at Engage. I am employed by Renfrewshire Council, as part of their digital participation team.  I work with lots of different groups and organisations to recruit digital volunteers to help them deliver digital participation projects or improve their digital skills.

I originally joined Engage in October 2015 on a community jobs Scotland contract and enjoyed it so much that I stayed on for another year after it finished! I became the Digital Volunteer Co-ordinator in April 2016. Prior to joining Engage, I had a brief stint at Renfrewshire Council as a graduate intern after graduating from my Social Sciences degree at the University of the West of Scotland in 2014.

In my spare time I enjoy listening to music and adding to my burgeoning record collection, cooking and travelling.

Stacey Gallacher -  Admin Assistant

Stacey.jpgI returned working for Engage in October 2015 as Receptionist/Admin Assistant I would be the smiley one based out in reception.  I do a variety of admin jobs from answering the phone, meeting room bookings to updating our membership list.

I have 2 kids (Reece and Lili) who like nothing else than spending my money. In my spare time I like going out in the car to see the sights my favourite place being Oban or Manchester I also love socialising with friends.

Stuart Miller -  Community Capacity Development Officer


I have worked with Engage Renfrewshire and its predecessor since 2004. Currently I am the Community Capacity Development Officer. This provides the opportunity to support, assist and work alongside community groups and associations across Renfrewshire. This includes assisting volunteers to set up new groups; providing information on constitutions, committees and office bearers. I also arrange relevant training that will support and inform local groups to become more effective in helping their communities but also becoming more sustainable, for example leadership & management, PVG and Gift Aid. I also organise funding fayres, where community groups can meet with funders face-to-face and chat through their ideas. Additionally, I assist groups and associations identify and access funding, by way of a funding toolkit and our new GRANTfinder internet based software. These both provide the opportunity for me to enable groups to consider if they are able to apply for funding and what they might have to put in place before applying for funding.

In life outside work, I enjoy watching and being an expert on football. In my own head I am one of the best managers in the world. I really enjoy going hill-walking with my sons, keeping fit, going to the cinema, and eating as much cake as possible.

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A fully equipped meeting room is available for hire with discounted rates given to members. 

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