Natalie Masterson - Chief Executive
I joined Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) as Chief Executive in June 2015 and work with the Board to set the strategy for SVE, and provides support and direction to colleagues. My role is to advance third sector leadership in Stirling by working closely with members and partners- I am a member of the Community Planning Partnership Leadership group, and the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.
Originally a University of Strathclyde graduate in Politics and Sociology, I recently returned to higher education, combining work and study to gain a Masters of Business Administration at Heriot- Watt University in 2020.
I am currently a Trustee of Let’s Make it Better, a mental health social enterprise, and a Director of Community Accountancy Scotland CIC. I recently started volunteering with Meal Makers, and enjoy cooking a meal for a local person in my community.
Prior to working at SVE, I worked at the National Union of Students in Scotland between 2007- 2015, latterly as the Head of Membership and Development, and worked within the public sector in roles at Edinburgh Council and Falkirk Council.
Anne Knox - Interim Chief Executive
I have worked for over 18 years in the voluntary sector and have had a variety of roles including managing a variety of projects and training delivery. I am presently the Interim Chief Executive for SVE whilst Natalie is on Maternity leave and have the role to advance third sector leadership in Stirling by working closely with members and partners. I joined SVE in September 2012 as the Reshaping Care for Older People Change Fund Engagement Officer and have worked on a variety of projects within the organisation, including the managing of SVE’s Independent Examination of charity accounts service.
I enjoy working with our member organisations across the local authority area and have a particular interest in providing opportunities to assist them with learning and development, volunteering and governance support.
Denise Kelly - Interim Deputy Chief Executive
I joined SVE in January 2020 and am currently Interim Deputy Chief Executive, on a part time basis.
I am involved in a variety of SVE’s work from managing the operational aspects to taking forward our work on the Stirling’s Alive with Volunteering project. This involves working with local partners to develop a 3 year volunteering action plan based around the national Volunteering for All framework.
As a trained Action Learning Set Facilitator, I will also be supporting a small number of Stirling and Clacks based organisations to take part in a new Action Learning Set this year.
I have a strong interest in supporting people to reach their full potential, I am an Accredited Executive Coach with my own coaching business and a Member of the Association for Coaching. I have also been volunteering with Inspiring Scotland for over 3 years as a Specialist Volunteer Coach providing pro bono coaching and mentoring to Charity Leaders. Prior to changing career I came from a corporate background in project management and spent the early part in London before relocating back to Scotland in 2007.
When not working, I love being outdoors and enjoy mountain biking and skiing with my family.
Lee Stevenson - Organisational Support Officer
I have been employed by SVE 15 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 areas such as Governance, Finance Systems and Legal Structures. I also facilitate bespoke Development Days for organisations, based on their strategic requirements and Action Learning Sets.
My role has recently moved towards supporting social enterprise growth across the Stirling Council area.
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 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.
Caitlyn McDermid - Development & Engagement Coordinator
I joined SVE in April 2020 as a Development and Engagement Assistant. Since then, I have recently progressed on to a new role as Development and Engagement Coordinator. My role involves developing and delivering organisational development support for third sector organisations including providing guidance on the process of setting up new charities and voluntary organisations, policy development and funding support.
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.
Vivienne Chan - Administration Assistant
I am the Administration Assistant for Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise and have been since April 2022. My role is to assist with the delivery of general office related activities, support the SVE team with maintaining and recording actions of the membership system of charities and community organisations. I also prepare and produce materials for meetings, events and for presentation of information. My responsibilities are varied and they are to ensure staff have adequate support to work efficiently and that SVE’s values and objectives are met.
In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks, photography, going on really long drives with my friends, travelling, printmaking and occasionally volunteering for an organisation called Now-U where I create graphic design or visual assets for them.