Staff Team

The work of the Standards Council is supported by a dedicated staff team based in Glasgow.

Director of CLD Standards Council

Marion AllisonDr Marion Allison

Marion has over 20 years’ experience in the sector as a Youth Work Manager, Associate Assessor for HMI and also lectured on the BA/BA(HONS) Community Education Course at the University of the West of Scotland. Her doctoral research focuses on young people, entrepreneurship and social networks.

In addition to Marion, the CLD Standards Council team is:

Susie Bisset Approvals development OfficerSusie Bisset: Approvals Development Officer

Susie has spent the last seven happy years with CLD Standards Council in her role as Approval Development Officer. She has built on the knowledge from her role as Business Technical Trainer within Insurance for 21 years to interpret and support the needs of the approval process and the related work of the Approval Committee and wider CLD Standards Council for Scotland. Susie took time out between roles to work in South Africa and Uganda where she still has contact with the local community in Kabale.

Colin Ross 2017Colin Ross: Policy and Practice Development Officer

Colin works with the Executive and others to develop the Standards Council’s input to relevant policy issues; currently including the proposal to establish a new Education Workforce Council. Colin also works on projects to support practice development, for example the new edition of the CLD Reader and the Code of Ethics professional learning materials. He has been in the CLD field since 1979, initially as a community development worker in Glasgow and latterly in a variety of national roles.

Kirsty Gemmell: Members’ Services Development Officer

Kirsty is the Members’ Services Development Officer responsible for supporting the Professional Learning Committee.  Kirsty joined the team in January 2017 after having spent her career primarily focussing on Adult Learning.  As well as being passionate about the impact CLD makes on social justice, Kirsty enjoys getting stuck into quality assurance and management information activities – she’s currently seeking treatment for this!  You’ll mostly find her at a CLDSC information stall, on her soapbox or tweeting furiously about how great CLD across Scotland is.

Lorna RentonLorna Renton: Registration Officer / Technical Project Manager

Lorna took up post in April 2016 and is responsible for the Registration system and develops the work of the Registration Committee. Lorna supports communications through the website and  bulletin, and is also responsible for content and usage development of the i-develop platform.

Willie Bhari: Team Support