Our Amazing Team.

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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 state-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.

 

Kara Swankie Centre Manager

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

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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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.

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John Alexander with his award

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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JOCK MCGUFF
Chair

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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Kara Swankie Centre Manager

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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Harry Maclean - Non-Exec

HARRY MACLEAN
Non-Exec

Harry has 20+ years’ experience in leading business growth and a strong track record of sound financial and operational oversight.

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David Souter - Non-Exec

DAVID SOUTER
Non-Exec

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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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.

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STEVEN BELL
Development Consultant

Steven is working directly with ACD.

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