Natalie Masterson - Chief Executive
I joined SVE as Chief Executive in June 2015, and have greatly enjoyed working with our member organisations across Stirling to achieve positive change for people and communities. In my role I work with the Board to set the strategy for SVE, and provide leadership and direction to colleagues as we work towards achieving that vision. I advocate for the third sector in Stirling in various meetings and Boards including the Community Planning Partnership Leadership group and the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.
I believe in the importance of learning and development for staff and volunteers in our sector, and I am currently studying towards a MBA at Heriot- Watt University.
I serve as a Trustee on two fantastic charities; Voluntary Action Scotland, the umbrella body of third sector interfaces in Scotland, and Zero Tolerance, a charity dedicated to ending violence against women. Prior to working at SVE I worked for the National Union of Students in Scotland.
Being a mum to two small children, spare time is mostly spent having fun with my family, but when I do get some time myself I enjoy reading a good book and cooking for friends.
Anne Knox - Deputy Chief Executive
I joined SVE in September 2012 and am presently the Deputy Chief Executive.
I enjoy working with our member organisations across the local authority area and in particular in assisting them with learning and development, volunteering and governance support. In listening to feedback from our members, I am presently managing the development of the provision of SVE’s financial management services, which includes assisting organisations to implement appropriate financial management systems, managing SVE’s Independent of Examination of Charity Accounts service and upskilling committee members so that they have a better understanding of their organisation’s finances.
In my spare time I enjoy reading detective stories, going out with friends and eating my partner’s cooking.
Lee Stevenson - Organisational Support Officer
I have been employed by SVE (formerly CVS Stirling) for over ten years, as an Organisational Support Officer. My role is to offer support and guidance to Third Sector organisations in governance, finance, and the practical process of setting up charities and voluntary organisations. My role includes preparing and delivering training in Governance, Finance Systems, Legal Structures, Preparation of Accounts, etc. as well as facilitating bespoke Development Days for organisations, based on their strategic requirements.
I am a full member of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) and a large part of my work involves preparing and independently examining charity accounts in the Receipts & Payments format.
The favourite part of my job is seeing organisations I work with develop and grow, through understanding their governance role and putting in systems they have learned from participating in our training. Resulting in more sustainable organisations that demonstrate good practice.
In my spare time I enjoy modern jive, playing pool at league level and public speaking. I am also a member of a quiz team called Densa.
Rachel Johnston - Development & Engagement Coordinator
I started working for the Volunteer Centre back in 2005, which merged with CVS in 2010 to become SVE. Since then I have been involved in a variety of roles within the organisation.
In my current role as Development & Engagement Coordinator I am responsible for all communication with the third sector including our bulletin, social media and website. I have enjoyed learning many new skills and now can distinguish a meme from a giff!
Prior to joining SVE, I studied Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Stirling and volunteered with Stirling Family Support Service and Active Stirling.
When I’m not at work I like spending time with my family, baking cakes, eating cakes and holidaying in Florida, not as often as I’d like though!
Polly Roger - Integration Engagement Officer
I joined SVE as Integration Engagement Officer in May 2015. My role is to offer support and information to the third sector to engage with Health and Social Care Integration, the Scottish Government's ambitious programme of reform to improve services for people who use health and social care services.
Since I joined SVE nearly 3 years ago, my favourite part of the job has been getting to know and working with many of the organisations involved in health and social care across the Stirling area. Prior to joining SVE I worked for Barnardo’s for 14 years.
In my spare time I enjoy baking, walking and cycling my tandem.
Joanne Rae - Development & Engagement Coordinator
I joined SVE, then known as the Volunteer Centre, in October 2004. In my role as Development and Engagement Coordinator, I offer support and information to Volunteer Involving Organisations, as well as supporting people in the Stirling area who wish to volunteer. This includes people with barriers to volunteering. To further assist the volunteers with barriers I design and deliver a 4 week pre volunteering course and provide one to one support into placements.
The part of my role I enjoy the most is working with volunteers and watching them develop their skills leading some into further education or work. Prior to joining SVE, I managed a Home-Start Scheme with the British Forces in Germany for 8 years.
In my spare time, I volunteer with Neuro Central, which is a charity that supports people with neurological conditions. I also enjoy travelling across the UK and Europe.
Liliana King - Finance Administrator
I joined the SVE team in 2008 in the role of Administrator for the Open Door Project and since 2013 my role has expanded to include administering SVE’s finances.
I am responsible for ensuring the company’s ledgers are kept up to date as well as carrying out daily financial functions along with office administration tasks to ensure the smooth running of the finance department and the office.
Prior to working with SVE I had a varied career working in finance for the construction industry and within the finance sector. I have also completed a BSc in Civil Engineering.
In my free time I enjoy being with family, camping, going on nature walks to various hills and lochs, one of my favourite places being Loch Lomond. I also enjoys skiing and playing tennis with my sons.
Roxanna Milne - Administrative Assistant
I began working for SVE in December 2015 as an administrative assistant. My role is quite diverse as I work a lot with volunteers and third sector organisations. As part of my role I set up volunteers with volunteering opportunities within the community suited to their interests, needs and capabilities. I also do the administration of the Saltire Awards which is a national accreditation scheme designed to recognise the achievements of young volunteers. SVE holds a variety of different events such as forums, conferences and the annual award ceremony and I am involved in the administration and organisation of these.
My favourite aspect of the job is definitely meeting the volunteers who are really inspiring as they give a lot back to the community as well as developing their own skills.
In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering for the Stirling Area Access Panel and Conservation Volunteers. I also like running, playing racket sports, cycling, hill walking and watching comedy.
Shannon Craig - Training Assistant
I joined SVE as the Training Assistant in August 2017. My role is to assist the trainer with the planning and delivery of all our courses for organisations and people across Stirlingshire.
In the short time since I joined SVE my favourite part is meeting new people every day and seeing how much actually goes into Third Sector Organisations. Prior to joining SVE, I worked for Next.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music and being outdoors.
Alice Wadkin - Youth Volunteer Development Assistant
I joined SVE as Youth Volunteer Development Assistant in April 2018. My role is to offer support to young people who are interested in volunteering. I work with individuals to match them with a volunteer opportunity that suits their needs and interests. I also assist young people in achieving their Saltire Awards.
My background is within Contemporary Arts, and I have a keen interest in community-based art practices. Through my experience as a Youth Arts Worker with Youth Scotland I found my passion for working with young people. From receiving my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, to becoming a Clydesider with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, volunteering has played a vital role in my own learning and personal development.
I am very excited to be able to support other young people to achieve their volunteering goals, and I am eager to get involved with the upcoming and future events in Clackmannanshire and Stirling!