Meet our team
These are some of the people that make VTO’s work possible.
Our Team Members
Barbara joined the organisation in October 2016 firstly as a volunteer tutor then as a member of staff in April 2017. Her background is not in education having worked in the insurance industry for many years as an underwriter and latterly as Operations Director for Kwikfit Insurance Services. Her career took her to Thus Telecommunications as Senior Business Manager for several high profile accounts before taking a break to raise her family.
Alyson joined the team in April 2019 and is VTO’s Operations Manager. She is responsible for ensuring we deliver the best possible service to all our stakeholders – pupils, families, tutors and referrers.
She has 20 years experience in supporting complex and vulnerable young people in Glasgow. She has experience of working with young people with a range of barriers, including mental health issues, disengagement from school, lack of personal and social skills, care experienced and addiction issues. She is a strong believer in early intervention and is passionate about ensuring access to learning for all young people, regardless of background or issues. She loves to escape to the wild West Coast of Scotland as often as possible.
Louise joined VTO in July 2020 as a Learning Communities Coordinator. She currently holds the role of Business Development Officer and is involved in managing dedicated projects and partnerships, exploring new business opportunities, contributing to funding activity and ensuring that service delivery goals are achieved.
Kesson is the Senior Learning Communities Coordinator responsible for the smooth running of our Learning Hub network. She has worked and volunteered as a tutor and as a camp monitor with children from various backgrounds including asylum seekers, refugees and care experienced young people.
Since finishing her MA (Hons) in Politics at the University of Glasgow, she has worked in various managerial roles in hospitality, the university\’s testing centre and most recently creating a youth club for the Govan Community Project to further support the asylum seeker and refugee community with their integration and education. Seeing how much of an impact educational programmes can have on young people\’s lives, she is excited to work for a charity that offers so many children the chance to develop their confidence and knowledge and achieve their potential. In her spare time, Kesson loves to cook, run and paint, often travelling back to France to visit her family.\”
Anne joined the VTO team in December 2022 as a Learning Communities Coordinator. She volunteered for many years as a coach and judge of gymnastics. She has previously worked in the call centre industry for many years as an Operations Manager, and latterly as a Business Support Manager working with teams in India and Manila.
In her spare time Anne loves to read and is a member of two book clubs. She also loves to walk, visit other areas in Scotland and eat out with friends. She has recently started to learn German.
Gillian joined the VTO team as a Learning Communities Coordinator in November 2021. As a committed volunteer with her local Scout Group, Gillian loves working with children and feels very strongly that the engagement of children in education and activities is of vital importance. She also loves being outdoors and giving the kids she volunteers with as many opportunities as possible.
With a background in overseas travel, Scuba Diving Instruction and a BSc in Marine Science, Gillian loves everything to do with the oceans. She is also passionate about the environment and is working towards an Environmental Studies degree with the Open University. In her free time she loves to go for a run, watch a movie and have quality time with family.
Hilary joined the organisation in July 2022, after many years of working in the travel industry all over the world including for significant time onboard cruise ships. More recently, Hilary has been working for VisitScotland welcoming visitors to Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.
In her spare time, Hilary enjoys travelling around Scotland, exploring new places, visiting castles and historic sites and trying out new restaurants.
Lora graduated Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA(Hons)in International Fashion Branding in 2018. Prior to joining VTO, Lora worked in volunteer management and support within a student union where she developed a passion for working with volunteers and supporting them to make a difference.
In her spare time Lora is involved in volunteer work herself and enjoys getting out and exploring with her two sausage dogs and spending time with family and friends.
Lewis joined VTO in September 2020 as a Learning Communities Coordinator, having graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English Literature that year. Prior to becoming an LCC, he has worked as a teaching assistant at a music department in a London secondary school, where he found a passion for working with young people.
As well as now working for the VTO as the Digital Coordinator, he continues to tutor students in English Literature. In his spare time, he volunteers as an usher at the Glasgow Film Theatre.
Jennifer is a Learning Communities Coordinator. With a background in education, she completed a PGCE at Cardiff Metropolitan University and spent some time teaching in Wales before moving back to Scotland to teach in East Renfrewshire. Before becoming a teacher, Jennifer worked in the third sector for a charity who support ex-military personnel looking for employment.
Janice joined VTO in September 2021 as a Learning Community Coordinator with a responsibility for Learning Hubs. She has volunteered with VTO since August 2020.
Janice has a background in ESOL. She has worked in many countries teaching English and teacher training. She has a passion for helping children develop their educational ability to open doors in their future. She now lives in Glasgow to be closer to her family.
Christine is a Learning Communities Coordinator with a decades experience in Scottish education. A former teacher and member of the SQA, Christine moved to the third sector in 2019 working as a Fundraising Manager for a Carers charity.
Christine’s previous volunteering roles include charities close to her heart: a Peer Supporter and Social Media Editor at Pregnancy Sickness Support and most recently a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter for the NCT.
Christine loves to read and can devour a good book in one sitting. She is a keen poet and aspiring author. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and her dog Ruby.
Liam joined VTO in September 2022 after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling from Strathclyde. Alongside his studies, Liam used to volunteer as a befriender, working with care-experienced teenagers and young people on the autism spectrum. He also previously volunteered with VTO at learning hubs and as an online maths tutor.
Liam loves cooking, experimenting with new recipes whenever he can, going for walks, occasionally playing video games and looking after his two cats and friendly French mastiff, Fergus.
Helen joined VTO in August 2023 as the Outreach Coordinator for Perth and Kinross. After a career in sports and theatre venue management she changed track in 2015 to follow a passion for learning. Having gained experience in Perth and Kinross schools as a teaching assistant and on teacher training placements she is a trauma-informed and enthusiastic educator with a passion for working with children and young people.
Prior to joining VTO she worked with a community development project supporting vulnerable families in Perth and is keen to be a continuing support by creating new learning opportunities with VTO. When she’s not at work she enjoys walking, sporadic running, camping, kayaking in Scotland’s gorgeous landscapes and ‘playing with paint and glue’ – some might call it ‘mixed media art,’ but it’s more about the journey than the product! She also enjoys travelling and loves an audio guide in places of historical interest!
Beth joined VTO in August 2023 as the Learning Hub Support Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Primary Education and qualified as a teacher in 2018. Following this, Beth worked in a charity to support the establishment and running of a newly built event centre and later took on a role in teaching Outdoor Education.
In her spare time, Beth loves to get outside to enjoy the Scottish landscape! She enjoys hiking and travelling whenever she can.
Elizabeth has worked as an LCC at VTO since August 2023. Prior to this she worked in Early Years Education for 20 years, with a keen interest in learning through play and outdoor play experiences. During this time Elizabeth also gained a BA in Social Sciences – Criminology and Sociology.
In her spare time, Elizabeth likes to spend time exploring the outdoors, reading and seeing live music.
Karen Frondigoun (Treasurer)- ACCA
Karen is a qualified Youth Worker, and a qualified ACCA Accountant. She is also a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwon-Do and won a Silver medal at the ITF World Taekwon-Do Championships in Pyogyang North Korea in September 2017.
She has a passion for youth justice and youth empowerment gained from her 10+ years of working as a youth worker and a strong grounding in Corporate Governance gained from her 10+ years of working in CA practices specialising in Corporate Business Services and Financial Accounting for SMEs. […]Karen became involved with the VTO initially when she heard about the organisation through a close family relation. She started out helping with the completion of funding applications, however, when the previous treasurer stepped down in 2011 she was asked to hold the fort until a new Treasurer was found. As it turned out, she joined the management committee and became the new Treasurer. In 2013 she also joined the Board as a Director.
Lynne Ward – BSc, MSc
Lynne has worked within the regeneration sector for more than 20 years, across the Charitable Sector, the former Glasgow Regeneration Agencies and Local Government. She currently works for Scottish Futures Trust, an arms-length-agency of Scottish Government.
Lynne’s role at SFT sees her collaborating with public and private agencies to maximise the economic performance of Scotland, particularly in providing innovative solutions to infrastructure development and delivery. Lynne was a volunteer tutor for VTO for more than 5 years and has a passion for education as a route out of poverty and to help young people find their potential. Lynne’s own education followed a circuitous route, however included a Masters in Local Economic Development and BSc in Maths and Economics.
Sharon is a Quality Improvement Education Officer with the City of Edinburgh Council where she works alongside children, families and staff to ensure positive outcomes for care experienced children and young people.
Sharon has lived experience of care and benefitted greatly from a relationship with a VTO tutor when she was in primary school.
Andrew J. MacDonald – BEng (Hons), MSc
Karen joined VTO as a volunteer in late 2021 having retired from her full time role with the NHS earlier that year. Having originally trained in the biological sciences, Karen subsequently worked at the University of Glasgow as a public health researcher.
Karen has long had an interest in voluntary work with children and young people and has previously acted as a lay member of schools’ inspection teams and also volunteered with Homestart as a tutor in English as a second language. She was a Trustee of Xchange Scotland whose purpose was to support youth international volunteering and exchange.
Johann served as the Scottish Labour and Co-operative Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow Pollok Constituency from 1999 – 2016 and for the Glasgow Region from 2016. She retired from the Scottish Parliament in May 2021.
Johann was Convener of the Public Petitions Committee from 2016 until 2021. Johann served as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party from December 2011 – October 2014 and as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party from September 2008 – December 2011. She was Deputy Minister for Communities from October 2004 – November 2006 and Deputy Minister for Justice from November 2006 – May 2007. Born in Glasgow in 1957, into a Gaelic speaking family from Tiree, Johann attended Woodside Secondary School. She obtained MA (Hons) at the University of Glasgow and a Post Grad teaching qualification at Jordanhill College of Education. She also gained a Certificate of Guidance at Strathclyde University. Prior to being elected in 1999, Johann worked as a classroom teacher for 20 years.
Rahul is a PhD researcher in Politics at the University of Strathclyde’s Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures. His research concerns how governments around the world understand and measure child wellbeing, and the real-world impact this has on the lives of children.
Rahul has several years’ experience working in the education sector as a secondary teacher, tutor and researcher, qualifying to teach history with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2020. Rahul recently joined VTO as a volunteer tutor and is passionate about how research, policy and practice can work together to address the far-reaching consequences of educational inequality.
David joined VTO as a volunteer tutor in 2021 having retired from teaching Mathematics for 15 years as a classroom teacher and Faculty Head in Glasgow’s East End.
Prior to teaching David worked in the private sector for global organisations in a number of roles, including IT manager, Pension and Benefits manager, Director of HRIT and VP Employee Services (BPO organisation).
He was also involved in working with a charity in the Spiti region of India where he helped teach Maths.
(Chairman & Trustee)
BSc., MSc., MRTPI, Dip H., FIOH
Douglas started the Volunteer Tutors Organisation on leaving the University of Strathclyde in 1976 and was Chair of the VTO for the first nine years of its existence. Prior to retiring from business he was Managing Director of the consultancy firm Arneil Johnston specialising in public and voluntary sector business planning, strategy, ICT Procurement and the comprehensive management of public sector assets. Before establishing the business in 1996 he was a Managing Consultant with the multi-national firm Deloitte & Touche working with a wide range of public sector clients on business planning preparation and assessment, system and process reviews and ICT procurement. Previous to this he worked in local government for 14 years and was Director in Housing in Renfrew from 1986 to 1990 and for Stirling Council from 1982 to 1986.
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