Maggie Hepburn

Chief Executive

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Alison Chandler

Funding & Business Planning Officer

Alison has been volunteering since she could walk (handing out biscuits at Dundee Oxfam coffee mornings) which has led on to 27 years developing Third Sector organisations and their private sector, public sector and media links. She has been (and still is) both “game-keeper and poacher” – grant-giving and fundraising. 17 years have been in the City and Shire after 10 in London including with Lord Andrew Mawson in East London, Clean Break Theatre Company for Ex-Prisoners and ITV Telethon.

There has been enormous satisfaction in the last 8 years of bringing it all together at ACVO – in particular working one-to-one with individual Third Sector organisations on their fundraising, business planning and seeing the capacity of individuals and organisations grow. To this end she has been a proud and passionate contributor in a number of cross-sector roles including Business Know How 2008-2012, Celebrate Aberdeen 2010-2013, ACVO Affiliates, AB+, NE Learning Collaborative, The Big Aberdeen Project.

Kaja Czuchnicka

Partnership and Enterprise Officer

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Kaja has 10 years experience in the voluntary sector in a variety of roles including project management, communications and design. She is the happiest coming up with creative solutions to tangible problems. Her remits include supporting third sector organisations with developing fundraising strategies, advising on possible funding sources and business development opportunities.

After hours you can find Kaja reading women’s magazines in local cafes, upside down in a yoga studio or zip lining through the deepest canyon in Europe. Passionate about travelling and people, she thrives when sharing experience with others.

Cristina Garcia

Support Service Assistant

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Sarah Irvine

Finance Officer

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Sarah has been involved with the third sector since her mid teens, working in Shetland for an anti nuclear pressure group and an energy efficiency company. She joined ACVO in 2008 as a Network Support Assistant. Due to staff shortages, she took on the books as a temporary measure in 2009 but found she was much happier in this role and went on to complete an HND in accountancy at Aberdeen College in June 2014. With ACVO’s support, Sarah is currently working towards gaining a qualification as a Certified Chartered Accountant.

Through her work at ACVO including time spent working with other organisations and independent examination of receipts and payments accounts, Sarah has a good understanding of Charity accounting and can help with book keeping and financial reporting.

Sandy Mathers

Development Officer

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Sandy has worked for ACVO since 2004 and specialises in governance matters. He’s the man to see if you are starting up a new group or if you have questions about how best to run your existing organisation. Over the years he has built up a wealth of experience in the challenges facing Third Sector organisations. Sandy was also the first person from the Third Sector ever to be seconded to the charity regulator OSCR.

Outside of the three days a week he works for ACVO, Sandy works for himself as a musician in several successful Ceilidh and Blues Bands. As his colleagues remark, a song is never far from his lips.

Mike Melvin

Volunteer Co-ordinator

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Mike is a qualified Social Worker and has over 20 years experience supporting volunteering and charitable activities in the Granite City.

Mike is mainly responsible for ACVO’s work promoting, supporting and developing volunteering in Aberdeen. As part of this Mike also facilitates the Aberdeen Volunteer Co-ordinators Network and is co-presenter on the ‘So Why Don’t You…?’ Third Sector and Volunteering programme ACVO has on SHMU-FM Community Radio where he brings his in-depth knowledge of charities and volunteering to listeners as ‘Mike on the Mic’.

In his spare time Mike volunteers at Cornerstone and has also assisted organisations such as Aberdeen Cyrenians, Inspire, Benenden Healthcare, GREC-Grampian Regional Equality Council and the Scottish Spina Bifada Association at volunteering/charity events. He is a regular contributor/member of Aberdeen Toastmasters and enjoys reading, snooker, darts, all things Northern Soul/mod music, classic Michael Caine films, hot curries, learning new skills and football (watching-not playing!).

Susan Morrison

Susan comes from a (very) long Civil Service background, but saw the light and has been at ACVO since Aug. 2014. She has over 28 years experience of staff coaching , mentoring , management and training in DHSS and HMRC. Her remits include Mental Health, Community Justice with a particular interest in Welfare Reform and Poverty. She spends part of her week working as a Community Links Worker for the Northfield & Mastrick Medical Practice – which she loves!

Her spare time is spent reading, watching films, taking photos and house-hunting. Loves horses, hates velvet.

Jane Russell

Partnership Manager

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Jane has over 25 years experience of partnership working in teaching and management roles in a number of sectors: HE Education, Publishing, Tourism & Conservation and now Health, in a diversity of different 3rd sector organisations.

Passionate about synergy and support, change and challenge, developing potential and equipped with an MBA, Jane seems never out of solutions or fanning the flames of great ideas into reality!

Little known facts about Jane include: a love of Andean flamingos, Greek culture and cooking , and in true 3rd sector fashion, celebrating with cake!

Alasdair Simpson

Communications Lead Officer

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Alasdair, or Ali as he prefers to be called, stumbled into the third sector in 2010 while studying Visual Culture (fancy words for film) at Aberdeen University. Originally volunteering at SHMU, doing video editing and a bit of tutoring, in an attempt to support his lofty Hollywood ambitions. He soon discovered that he enjoyed working with people more than video. This led him to work with the WEA, as both a Tutor and Employability Officer, mainly working with the long term unemployed. Ali then moved to ACVO to take on the role of Youth Volunteering Development Worker before seising an opportunity to put his past experience in media together with his love for the third sector.

In his spare time Ali spends most of his time playing video games, watching films and trying to convince his wife that Firefly was the best TV series ever made.

Claire Spence

Support Services Co-ordinator

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Claire has been working as part of ACVO since June 2014 on a part time basis, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. She has worked in nursery’s for around 8 years and decided that it was time for a change and did a year at college to find that it wasn’t for her. She then took a year out to look after her daughter and then returned to nursery work and she then applied for her post here at ACVO and that has been the best thing she has ever done.