The Circle has the support of an enthusiastic team with a range of experience and interests.
Kirsty is our Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Kirsty is a serial social entrepreneur who has set up and runs two Community Interest Companies over the past 7 years – ACK Third Sector Consultants CIC (formerly Along Came Kirsty) and Circle Scotland CIC (The Circle).
Kirsty has a wealth of knowledge and experience working in and with charities and social enterprises over 20 years to secure more than £13 million in funding. She helps them become better businesses to help communities thrive.
Kirsty is also a Saltire Fellow through Entrepreneurial Scotland and in 2017 Kirsty was recognised as a Women of Inspiration by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen. Last year The Circle won Social Impact Business of Year in The Courier Business Awards. Kirsty was also listed in The Courier’s Impact 100 list and is on the NatWest WISE100 2018 list, which recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven businesses in the UK.
Paul is The Circle Manager. He has worked in third sector with consultancy ACK. He brings significant management experience to the role.
Nicola is our Business Development Officer. Nicola discovers, secures and develops opportunities for The Circle to work with organisations that share our values to positively contribute to our social impact. She is passionate about promoting The Circle to a wide and varied audience.
Nicola has developed a valuable network in Dundee during a career that has included working at the University of Dundee in various posts, running her own business and working with two social enterprises. Nicola has run conferences, workshops, fundraisers and even founded a book club.
Jennifer has been Bookings and Training Administrator for The Circle since November 2018. Her job mostly involves handling bookings of our rooms and providing refreshments for people using these spaces. We can accommodate a variety of events from one-to-one meetings to events for up to 80 people.
If you need a room for your meeting, training course or event and would like to use one of our spaces, you can get in touch with Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Ali is Managing Director of Ashton McGill. Ali is on a mission to transform organisations with how they design their services to give an enviable customer service. He is an established entrepreneur with several businesses under his belt and contributes as a non-executive director for a range of clients.Ali loves in no particular order his bicycle, proper coffee, Sharpies and TED talks. He spends a lot of time on the road and his time-management is the envy of many.
Louise is Head of Entrepreneurship, Enterprise and Employability at the University of Dundee. She is the Chair of Design and leads on entrepreneurship and enterprise. In this role she supervises and examines Doctoral Degrees and is lead supervisor for three design researchers sponsored by the £45M Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Design Dundee. Louise is also President of the European Academy of Design.
Rod is based at Ninewells with a real interest in developing collaborations between the creative industries and the health / social care sectors. He aspires to focus on the value of Design and “Design thinking” and help grow new economies in Tayside through collaboration between the public, private, voluntary and third sectors.
Donald worked in legal and governance roles in listed companies for 30 years, latterly as Company Secretary of Alliance Trust PLC, where he was responsible for setting up and chairing the Alliance Trust Foundation.
Pete’s in a leadership role at WL Gore & Associates in Dundee and deals with complex high frequency electronics in the world of aerospace. Having spent the early part of his childhood growing up just a few hundred yards from The Circle, he enjoys being back ‘home’ and collaborating with folk on the ongoing evolution of the hub that supports so many different groups and outlooks. Pete’s still trying to convince himself that running to get fit can be ‘fun’ whilst secretly preferring a hill climb that at least brings the reward of a view or two.
Join the team
The Circle is seeking driven and professional people to join the team. These are the exciting opportunities to join the motivated team of one of Dundee’s most thriving new Social Enterprises. Find out more about how you can join the team here.