We are delighted to welcome Jane Burridge as Business Manager.
Jane, who took over from Paul Renwick last month, is a professional architect with over 25 years project management experience in many diverse sectors from commercial office building design to community facilities. Past buildings she has been involved in include the BT Headquarters at Edinburgh Park and the Loch Lomond Gateway Centre while working for Bennetts Associates, Edinburgh and, in her own practice, SHS BURRIDGE, Jane has recently been developing early proposals for a new HUB facility at Glenmore in the Cairngorms National Park.
Jane will be working with GCDT 3 days a week and the focus of her role will be the set up and start up of commercial operations at Gorebridge Beacon. She has held several senior management roles in the past and has good varied business running experience. She also holds 2 part time teaching positions at Dundee and Edinburgh Universities and has several Voluntary positions including being a STEM Ambassador.
At present Jane is researching other organisations that have set up similar facilities to the Beacon with a view to learning from their experience. Our trip to the Isle of Luing in Argyll & Bute was part of this exercise. She is also engaging with any group or individual who hopes to use the building – so please get in touch with Jane if you do.
Paul joined the trust as development manager in March 2013 and has been a stalwart member of the team over the past three years. His wider community role was taken over by events relating to Gorebridge Beacon and he has spent much of his time with the trust helping resolve contractual and managerial matters with construction company T & A Kernoghan and the design team. He took on this role with extraordinary rigour and good cheer and without his crisis management skills the trust would not be where it is today
Paul has now moved on to become community development worker at Fauldhouse Community Development Trust where he will hopefully be able to focus more on community work than he was able to with us, and we wish him very well.