Phone Number: 07946 024029
Fiona joined the COSS team in June 2023 and brings a range of skills and experience gained from over 20 years of supporting social enterprises and community businesses to thrive.
Most recently she has been supporting groups and individuals from Scotland's ethnic minority communities to start and grow their social enterprises and has worked with several flagship arts organisations in Sydney (where she lived for many years). She loves getting to know community groups and their diverse projects and has great admiration for all the benefits these groups deliver within their own communities.
Craig joined DTAS from the public sector where he focused on the development of participatory budgeting and locality planning. Starting off his career within the third sector Craig is an advocate for community control, seeing first-hand the results when the experts (communities) have control.
Phone Number: 07857 625 716
Usual working days Monday, Tuesday (morning only), Wednesday
Elspeth is the legal adviser for COSS, and provides legal assistance and advice to community groups seeking the transfer land and buildings into community ownership or management. She has many years of experience as a solicitor, working mainly in property. With her background of working in the private sector Elspeth brings a different perspective to the challenges faced by community bodies. Elspeth also facilitates the Scottish University Land Unit (SULU); a collaboration between COSS and Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow Universities that gives students with an interest in land reform the opportunity, in conjunction with COSS, to provide practical support to community groups looking to exercise these rights.
Phone Number: 07579 008465
Ruth combines her 3 day a week role as a COSS advisor with the additional temporary Facilities Management Advisor role on a 2 day a week basis.
Ruth joined DTAS in May 2022 as a Development Officer and moved over to the COSS team in May 2023 and brings a range of skills and experience gained from over 15 years of supporting community organisations with energy and renewable energy projects. She now works 3 days a week as the south east COSS Advisor.
Prior to this she has worked as an engineer in Building services consultancies and with public sector organisations assisting sports clubs with funding capital build projects. Her wide-ranging experience in different sectors has enabled her to be able to support community groups in various aspects. In her current role providing support on asset transfers and community ownership, she also enjoys assisting community groups and is particularly interested in community energy and signposting groups to obtain the best advice for their needs.
In her spare time Ruth enjoys fitness classes and being outside and walking her 2 dogs.