Smart Works Scotland is powered by a passionate team of staff and volunteers who coordinate and deliver our service.
We are also incredibly grateful to our Board of Trustees, chaired by Maggie Darling, who are responsible for the oversight of our day to day operations and fundraising.
Meet some of the Smart Works Scotland staff and volunteer team
Service Delivery Manager
“It is so wonderful to be a part of a team whose goal is to help as many women as possible back into sustainable and fulfilling employment.”
Outreach Project Officer
“I love expanding the reach of a service I am so passionate about. It is a joy to see women realise their potential and leave their appointments feeling empowered.”
Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
“Smart Works is an incredible community of individuals who are passionate about empowering women to achieve their potential. It’s inspiring to be part of that.”
Head of Fundraising, Partnerships & Communications
“Smart Works is powered by an incredible community of people, all working towards a shared goal of supporting unemployed women and helping them to feel their best at a crucial moment in their lives. It feels like a huge privilege to be part of that community.”
Head of Service Delivery
“I love working at Smart Works as meeting clients at such a pinnacle point in their life is a true honour.”
“I love the buzz in our centre, when a client realises she is worthy of the job she is going for.”
Meet the Trustee team behind Smart Works Scotland
Maggie Darling is Chair of Smart Works Scotland. She is a founding Trustee of Smart Works Charity, set up ten years ago with one small office in London. She has been delighted to be part of our charity’s expansion to support more women around the UK.
Bronagh Power was Head of the Business School for the Open University in Scotland and Faculty Lead for the Postgraduate Business and Management programme for the Open University throughout the UK and Continental Europe. She is a passionate believer in the transformative power of education, an experienced facilitator within leadership development contexts but most of all, an advocate of empowering women to realise their dreams and potential.
Pippa joined Smart Works Scotland as a Trustee and Treasurer. Pippa is a qualified chartered accountant and is currently Head of Finance for The PRS REIT plc. She has over 15 years of experience in listed and private companies across a range of sectors including residential, renewable energy and corporate finance. Prior to this Pippa worked in audit for 10 years. She has worked with charities in different roles, including as an auditor and Treasurer.
Dr Lesley Sawers
Lesley is currently Scotland Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission, a non-executive director of Crosswinds Developments Ltd and a Director of GenAnalytics Ltd and previously, she was Vice Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor for Business, Enterprise and Innovation at Glasgow Caledonian University, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and Deputy Chair of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. Lesley was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to equality and business.
Catriona is highly experienced international HR Director, having worked in the power, telecommunications and drinks industries. She has championed inclusion and diversity with a specific focus on increasing diversity in manufacturing and supply chain and has a passion for people development and coaching, particularly in the context of women in leadership. She has been a member of Court for one of Scotland’s universities and is inspired by the role education plays in female empowerment.
Rachel Meddowes is a Trustee of Smart Works Scotland having joined the Board in Autumn 2022. Rachel is also a Volunteer Dresser In Edinburgh. A Freelance Consultant for Ideas, Research & Concept, Collaborations, Content, Styling Decoration & Project Managing. She has always worked in the Style, Magazine & Decoration arena & is currently the Associate Editor at Piero Publishing & previously worked at Harpers Bazaar.
Professor Christopher Moore
Professor Christopher Moore is Principal and Chief Executive of New College Lanarkshire and is Professor in Fashion and Marketing at the University of Manchester. Christopher has held senior positions at universities in York, Glasgow and Edinburgh and was Director of the British School of Fashion at Glasgow Caledonian University’s London campus. With a PhD in Marketing, he has provided research and strategic consultancy support to a range of leading fashion and consumer goods businesses.
Christine is an economic development specialist with significant expertise gained from working in global public & private sector organisations. Christine has worked with many sectors, her specialism is supporting businesses successfully enter new markets. Co-founder of Scottish Business Network, a not-for-profit global community. Christine is an Ambassador of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, ScotsCare London. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in recognition of her leadership and drive to empower women.
Mark has been creative director of Harris Tweed Hebrides since 2008 and has a brand consultancy in fashion and textiles. Much of his work is as part of the award-winning Harris Tweed Hebrides team that have been credited with transforming the unique heritage industry. He sits on the Advisory Council of The Campaign for Wool and is an industry leader on the influential Erasmus Plus project on Sustainable Fashion Employability Skills through Glasgow Caledonian University.