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!
I also chair the Children and Families Forum in Stirling which gives TSO's a chance to network, share good practice and contribute towards local policy.
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, looking after my horses, baking cakes, eating cakes and holidaying in Florida, not as often as I’d like though!
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 enjoy skiing and playing tennis with my sons.
Liz Rowlett - Integration Engagement Officer
I work for Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise as Integration Engagement Officer, which complements my work with Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface, to promote understanding of health and social care integration among people living and working in the Partnership areas. My role includes helping small community support organisations to understand how they help people to live independently and safely at home and supporting larger organisations to understand the needs of the public sector when planning and commissioning joined up health and social care services. My interests include disability and human rights: I was a carer for most of my adult life of someone with a long term condition and have been active in policy and campaigning.
My previous career has included positions with other voluntary sector organisations, private consultancies, a blue chip company and a stint at the Scottish Parliament in the early days. I am currently vice-chair of the Scottish Accessible Transport Association.
A love of boats, dogs, horses, gardening and the great outdoors keeps me occupied in my spare time, along with reading and painting with my partner.
Jamie Donald - Digital Communications Assistant
I started working for SVE in August of 2018 in the role of administrative assistant. Since then my role has progressed into doing some communications based work as well.
Prior to working at SVE I was studying computing at Forth Valley College.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and practicing some basic animation and video editing.
Tracey Nicholson - Administrative Assistant
I started working with SVE in September 2018 as an Administration Assistant. I am responsible for the day to day duties and to ensure that the office runs smoothly.
Prior to working at SVE, I worked in a supermarket for 10 years. I started my administration journey in August 2014 and qualified in June 2017.
I do not have much spare time with 2 young children who like to keep me on my toes. When I get the chance I like to socialise with friends and go on day trips with my family.
Denise Kelly - Development & Engagement Coordinator - Stirling's Alive with Volunteering Project
I have just joined SVE in January 2020 as Development and Engagement Coordinator.
My role is primarily to project manage the Stirling’s Alive with Volunteering Programme, a year of celebration and community activism that aims to increase volunteering participation for all working with our partners in Volunteer Scotland and Stirling Council. I will also be supporting young volunteering champions in their roles.
I have a strong interest in supporting people to reach their full potential and am a certified ILM Coach and Mentor with my own coaching business. Prior to changing career I came from a corporate background in project management and spent the early part of my career in London before relocating back to Scotland.
I am really excited to be involved in this project which provides a real opportunity to raise volunteering engagement across Stirling not only this year but in the years to come so that more people can reap the benefits of volunteering generally.
When not working, I love to go walking and skiing with my family.
Caitlyn McDermid - Development & Engagement Assistant
I joined SVE in April 2020 as a Development and Engagement Assistant. My role is to implement programmes of work that strengthens third sector and civic participation, voice and partnership working in Stirling. This includes volunteering support, Third Sector Organisation Development and Communications. One of my key areas of focus has been promoting Saltire Awards as an initiative that can support youth achievement by allowing young people to receive accreditation for their volunteering.
Prior to joining SVE, I studied Politics at the University of Edinburgh and participated in voluntary work for SVE alongside my studies. This allowed me to gain an understanding of the amazing work that goes on in the third sector in developing communities and ensuring that everyone has a voice.
So far I have really enjoyed being able to build relationships and develop partnerships with other organisations and being able to have a real sense of fulfilment in the work that I do.
In my spare time, I enjoy taking on DIY projects, taking my dog on long walks up the hills and travelling.