Our Board provide us with guidance and direction and makes sure we’re working, developing and growing in accordance with our goals.
Our staff come from diverse backgrounds and bring different skills and knowledge to the organisation. They are committed individuals, keen to do the best they can for their clients and the organisation.
Senior Management Team
I’m Into Work’s CEO. I’ve worked in the field of employability for nearly thirty years and joined Into Work on its launch in 1993. I’m a strong advocate for the supported employment service delivery model, and served on the board of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) for many years, as a Director representing Edinburgh and the Lothians. I am currently a member of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Joined Up for Jobs Partnership Forum management committee.
I’ve been the Client Services Manager at Into Work for almost 14 years with a further 9 years of similar experience before that with the Action Group. I have responsibility for all operational matters across the organisation as well as direct involvement in project development and funding. My role involves oversight of all our services from Project Search (focussing on young disabled people) to our adult pan-disability employability work with local authorities in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. I’m involved with Autism Strategies both locally and nationally and chair the Midlothian Autism Employment Group. I am also a Trustee of IWORK4ME, a small Scottish charity dedicated to supporting people with Autism into self-employment.
I joined the Into Work central services team as a Finance and Development Officer in 2001, after completing 22 years’ service in the Armed Forces. As part of a management team restructure in 2004 my role was expanded to cover multiple elements of the business, from IT and HR to Data Control and Health & Safety, with the role of Company Secretary being added in 2006.
I have been a member of the Scottish Charity Finance Group for a number of years, and served on the executive committee during 2014-16.
Employment Service Team Leaders
I have been a Service Team Leaders with Into Work since 2014, having started in 2005 as a Specialist Employment Adviser. Since starting I have supported people with all disabilities and health conditions, focusing for a few years on the support of those with Acquired Brain Injury. I now manage teams of advisers in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian as well as our welfare rights service. Into Work is my first voluntary sector employer. Prior to this I worked in the private sector as a Recruitment Consultant in Edinburgh for 8 years and I have also worked in a client-facing public sector role with East Lothian Council.
I’m one of Into Work’s Service Team Leaders. I’ve have worked in the supported employment arena for over 26 years, mostly in the voluntary sector but have also worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant within the private sector for a 4-year period specialising in severe injury cases. I joined Into Work in the year 2000. I was instrumental in setting up our dedicated service for clients on the autistic spectrum. I have extensive experience of taking a holistic approach to supporting people with a wide variety of disabilities and health conditions. I also manage our Project Search sites within the NHS and the City of Edinburgh Council. I currently manage a team of Employment Advisers in our Edinburgh office.
Employment Advisers (Edinburgh)
We have nine Employment Advisers based at our HQ at Albion Road – in no particular order, Islay, David, Johanna, Greig, Lee, Brendan, Jordan and Brian. Nicky works exclusively with people on the Autistic Spectrum
Welfare Rights Officer
Alan is our Welfare Rights guru. He supports our Edinburgh and Midlothian teams by providing welfare rights advice to jobseekers, including the financial implications of starting work. He can also support people if they need to challenge decisions made by DWP about their benefits.
Employment Advisers (Midlothian)
Rob, Rowena and Emma are based at 1 Eskdaill Court in Dalkeith, right in the middle of town. They’re also happy to meet clients in other parts of Midlothian if travelling to Dalkeith is an issue.
Employment Advisers (East Lothian)
Gary and Laura are based at East Lothian Works in Haddington. East Lothian Works is an East Lothian Council project that provides services similar but different to Into Work.
Project SEARCH Job Coaches
Project SEARCH provides employment and learning opportunities for young people with a disability. It is a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh College and Into Work. James and Heather are based at the City of Edinburgh Council. Eve and Trish are based at the Western General Hospital. Alison works between both sites part-time.
These are the people that keep the organisation ticking over in the background.
Susan is our Services Support Officer who keeps our employment advisers in line ensuring they complete the right paperwork to meet the requirements of our various funders. As well as this she keeps a check on our outcomes to ensure we’re meeting our targets.
Hirra is our Administrator who provides support across the whole organisation but primarily to staff based at our head office. She undertakes the tasks that are essential to the smooth running of the organisation that often go unnoticed. If you phone up Into Work, it is most likely that Hirra will answer the phone
Diana is our Business and Finance Officer. Her role includes finance, HR support and governance, including supporting the Board.
Fiona is our Senior Development Officer. When she started at Into Work her hair wasn’t grey. Her roles include providing day-to-day IT support and the development and support of various internal projects, including the redevelopment of this website.