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Our Team Members

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Barbara Oliver 
(Operations Manager)

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.[…]

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Gina Lyle
MA(Hons), MPhil

Gina completed a research masters at the University of Glasgow in Scottish Literature in the summer of 2018, and recently joined VTO as a Learning Communities Coordinator.

Gina’s passion for improving accessibility to quality education began while working as a student volunteer with the Lothian Equal Access Programme as she completed her undergraduate degree in Edinburgh. With experience working with children and young people in classrooms, libraries, and theatres, Gina loves helping others build their confidence and literacy skills.



Rebecca has recently started working with VTO as part of her undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. She is studying Community Development (BA), where there is a focus on learning to work with communities and to bring about a positive social change. The practical course has the unique element of being work-based, so there is a great balance between gaining valuable experience and studying. She has worked with young children while being a paired reader as a 6th year pupil herself and is excited to be working more in depth with VTO, to learn and improve her skills, and to help wherever needs be.


Lewis Kelly

Lewis joined VTO in early January 2019 and his background is in education. Lewis graduated from Glasgow University in 2011 after completing a Bachelors Degree in Primary Education. He worked in Ayrshire before spending four years teaching at an International School in Budapest, Hungary. Lewis continued to work in primary schools in Glasgow upon his return to Scotland in 2016.

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Librarian, Mascot

Originally from deepest darkest Borneo, Vinnie moved to Scotland when he heard stories about the wonderful libraries and the large ginger population here. His passions include perfect alphabetisation, swinging from vines, good books, and helping children.

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Our Directors


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.


Sarah Haigh 
-BA(Hons), MA English, PIIA

Sarah started volunteering as a tutor with the Volunteer Tutors Organisation in 2015, became a board member in 2016 and then Secretary in 2018. Sarah is also a self employed Senior Audit Manager providing risk and control expertise to a variety of companies. 

Lynne Ward

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 […]

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 Andrew J. MacDonald – BEng (Hons), MSc

Andrew joined the Volunteer Tutors Organisation as a 1:1 tutor in October 2016. He came across the VTO’s website while looking for volunteering opportunities in the Glasgow area.

Lisa Snell – BSc, PgC, CIPD

Lisa joined the Volunteer Tutors Organisation in 2007 as a volunteer tutor, working with pupils on a one-on-one basis. She has also helped with the training of new volunteers for several years. [….]


Martin Hall – BSc (Physics)

Martin is currently an aspiring teacher and has been a volunteer tutor at VTO for almost two years. His interests are in astronomy, music and sport. Martin studied astronomy at university and was a member of York Astronomical Society for a number of years. […]
Board member

Dr Alistair Dorward

Alistair qualified from University in Dundee. He was a consultant physician with an interest in respiratory medicine at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley for 30 years. He had a wide variety of roles within the Scottish Health Service.


Our Chairman 

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Douglas Johnston
(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 two years ago 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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