Our Amazing Team.

MEET OUR TEAM

JOHN ALEXANDER
CEO & Trainer

From the very start of John’s career, he understood the value of training and won Apprentice of the Year (Billy McKay Trophy), which lead him on to completing his Advanced Craft qualifications. In 2001, John started Alexander Decorators, which grew to become one of Tayside’s leading Decorating firms.

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Aled Bartley-Jones
Transition to Trade Project Leader

Aled comes from a background developing and delivering projects within various youth focussed organisations. His experience delivering SQA courses, engaging stake-holders and liaising with partners is invaluable.

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His previous experience includes roles with Faith in Community, one of ACD’s delivery partners, and Princes Trust, where he gained experience in SQA courses, project management and mental health.

In his own time, you will often find Aled in the skate park or serenading his cat with his guitar.

 

John Alexander Snr
Food Coordinator

John has extensive experience coordinating people, equipment and logistics in previous roles, food and deliveries aren’t so different!

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Kyle Mitchell
Volunteer

Kyle is ‘the boss’ on a Friday, where he volunteers his time to support the food distribution service at ACD. He was recently recognised as ‘Most Dedicated Volunteer’ by ACD, after his commitment every week to the service. 

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Tommy Finlay
Warehouse Assistant

Tommy recently started with ACD on a 6 month Kickstart Placement. He quickly became a key player in the team and supports the day to day running of the Food Distribution.

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KARA SWANKIE
Operations Manager

As a project manager, Kara is known for getting the job done – and fast! Kara previously founded and sold, 2 start-up businesses which jump-started her career in project management. Her motivation and determination comes from her background as an international powerlifter, where she holds Commonwealth gold medals, and world records.

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JOHN NICOLL
Trainer

Having worked with Alexander Decorators for over 16 years, not only has John gained a huge level of experience in supervising teams. But, alongside training as a Site Supervisor and Site Manager, John successfully moved into the training side of the business.

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Lewis Alexander
Volunteer

Lewis is a key volunteer within the food distribution service at ACD. During his time with ACD, he have successfully achieved his Platinum Saltire Award for Volunteering. 

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Kerr Snee
Apprentice Joiner

Kerr is our first apprentice joiner, as part of the Trades for All team. He has recently finished studying at Dundee and Angus College and is excited about taking the next step in his career.  Kerr is starting his Level 2 training in July and will continue to take part in the wider actitives of ACD.

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Jack Urquhart
Operations Officer

Jack joined team ACD, working within the Transition to Trade programme.  He is currently with us on a 6 month placement through Kickstart and has fitted right in. With experience in retail, offices and warehouses, Jack isn’t afraid to get stuck in.

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Dylan Chalmers
Trainee Trainer

Dylan joined team ACD, working within the Transition to Trade programme as a trainee trainer.  He is currently with us on a 6 month placement through Kickstart and is exploring the next steps of his career. 

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SPONSOR, VOLUNTEER, GET INVOLVED!

We are a community organisation and seek to partner with progressive businesses who wish to develop skills in their workforce and the wider community. Our training is delivered by highly skilled tradesmen and sector specific experts and teachers. We are always looking to offer volunteering opportunities to retired tradesmen and those who are looking to give back.

MEET OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

JOHN ALEXANDER
CEO & Trainer

From the very start of John’s career, he understood the value of training and won Apprentice of the Year (Billy McKay Trophy), which lead him on to completing his Advanced Craft qualifications. In 2001, John started Alexander Decorators, which grew to become one of Tayside’s leading Decorating firms.

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David Souter - Non-Exec

DAVID SOUTER
Chair

Having been a Principal Teacher of Guidance, I was appointed the school lead for Developing the Young Workforce at Braeview Academy, Dundee.  Since retiring, I have continued in this latter role.

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KARA SWANKIE
Company Secretary

As a project manager, Kara is known for getting the job done – and fast! Kara previously founded and sold, 2 start-up businesses which jump-started her career in project management. Her motivation and determination comes from her background as an international powerlifter, where she holds Commonwealth gold medals, and world records.

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CHRIS THEWLIS
Non-Exec

Recognised expert in the social enterprise sector in Scotland. I have advised the Scottish and UK Governments on Social Economic Development issues by being an evidence provider.

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JOCK MCGUFF
Non-Exec

Jock is Dundee born and bred and has decided the time has come to give back. After an illustrious career in ice hockey with the Dundee Rockets and becoming an electrician, Jock ventured into the oil and gas industry.

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Tina McGuff - Non-Exec

TINA MCGUFF
Non-Exec

The author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling memoir ‘Seconds To Snap,’ Tina told her incredible journey from crippling anorexia and suicide trauma to full recovery.

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MURRAY DUNCAN
Non-Exec

A painter and decorator at Alexander Decorators, Murray brings years of experience within the decorating trade to Alexander’s Community Development.

John Martin
Non-Exec

John has been a qualified financial accountant for over 30 years, during this time he is also a member of the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) ACMA.

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