Phone Number: 07579 008465. (Usual working days Monday-Wednesday)
Nicky has been an advisor with the COSS team since the programme began and very much enjoys supporting groups to develop their asset ownership projects from first ideas to successful transfers which make a difference in their communities. Having worked in a similar role over 22 years Nicky has completed training in facilitation, mediation, developing training courses and community consultations methods and very much enjoys using this training in her work. Nicky works on all aspects of Asset Transfer based in
|East Dumfries & Galloway|
to move the community ownership agenda forward.
Nicky has been involved as a volunteer in different organisations over many years so understands the pressures on and dedication of volunteers delivering big projects, doing her best to help support them in whatever ways are needed.
Phone Number: 07985 211428. (Usual working days Wednesday-Friday)
Lynn is a COSS Advisor working part-time in our Edinburgh office, supporting the development of community assets largely, but not exclusively, in
|Perth & Kinross|
Lynn is passionate about people and places and being a Director of a community anchor organisation where she lives, she has learnt first-hand the positive power of ‘folk working together with a common purpose that benefits many’.
Lynn has worked for 15 years in the voluntary sector for a range of charities and has particular expertise in enterprise development, community participation, skills development, outcomes evaluation and action research, as well as a strong interest in renewable energy. She has experience in community shares and co-operative models and sits on the board of three local organisations covering youth work and community energy.
Phone Number: 07496 957019. (Usual working days Monday-Wednesday)
As an adviser for COSS, David provides support in
|West Dumfries & Galloway|
In his other roles David works with Midlothian Voluntary Action supporting the third sector with governance and funding issues and a consultant with his own firm where his clients include the Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise amongst others. He is also on the Board of SCOREscotland which works with black and ethnic minority groups in South West Edinburgh.
His previous experience includes support for social enterprise including spells with Fife Employment Access Trust, Social Enterprise Midlothian and the WHALE Arts Centre in Wester Hailes. During his time at WHALE, David established a business incubator unity for new start creative businesses and founded a network of crafters.
Felix is based in Forres and covers
Na h-Eileanan Siar
for the COSS project.
Phone Number: 07857 625 716 (Usual working days Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning)
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.
Working days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Anna holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and History. She has previous experience working with a housing association, managing GDPR compliance and assisting in the creation of tenancy databases.
Anna assists COSS in the development and undertaking of research projects and in the analysis, reporting, and maintenance of internal data. She also assists in the organisation of COSS events and administration and communication via the COSS website and social media.