John’s remit at the ELC is to lead the Charity, promote its presence at the heart of the local community, maintain and expand the portfolio of services on offer and to support the Board in delivering the Eric Liddell Centre vision and strategic priorities.
Following his appointment John said,
“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to take up the CEO role within the Eric Liddell Centre and look forward to leading the team in continuing to provide very popular and much needed community services. My top priority is to ensure that the great work of the centre continues, so that our clients, customers and members of the community receive the best possible service locally. If you have any questions, suggestions or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact me or members of the Eric Liddell Centre Team – we’re here to help and are committed to Empower, Inspire and Support.”
Kenny Edwards: Finance Manager
Kenny manages the Finance team, whose role is to ensure that all financial processes at the Centre are operating efficiently & effectively, and in particular, that robust financial controls are in place to support a reliable & responsive management reporting system. The Finance Department is comprised of Kenny, Yuwei and a group of dedicated volunteers. Kenny qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in Glasgow and has since garnered a wealth of experience in the commercial and non-profit sectors. He relaxes with his passion for football, music and travel.
Julie Carter: Building Operations Manager
Julie is the Building Operations Manager, a role she does on a part-time basis.
Julie was born in Edinburgh and studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.
Before joining the Centre in 2011 Julie worked in the voluntary sector with older people and carers. Julie taught English in China for two years.
When she isn’t at work Julie likes spending time with her daughter, husband and friends.
Caroline Heenan: Daycare Manager
Caroline studied Mental Health Nursing at Napier University after working within a nursing/caring role for many years. Caroline Joined ELC Day Care in 2007 as Senior Day Care Officer and achieved her Managing Care qualification in 2010.
She comes from a long line of nurses and carers throughout her family so perhaps it was inevitable that this was the career path that she would eventually choose after training as a florist and botanist at Langside college in 1986 and working as a florist for many years.
Caroline has worked with many different client groups over her nursing career but has always enjoyed working with older people.
She has two sons that keep her busy but in her spare time her interests are Art,Craft,Design,Floristry and Music.
Yuwei Zhao: Finance Assistant
Yuwei is assistant to the Finance Manager and, with her fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese, she also plays an important role supporting the Centre’s strong & continuing relationship with China. Yuwei was born in the city of Guangyuan in Sichuan province and after graduating with an accounting degree from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, she worked for a multinational company in Shenzhen until her move to Scotland.
Sally Sorrie: Befriending Development Officer
Sally has worked predominantly in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. She has a BA in Community Learning and Development from the University of Dundee. Sally has over 20 years experience in the voluntary sector supporting disabled people, carers and volunteers. On her time off, Sally enjoys keeping fit, live music and entertainment, and tries to keep up with her family and friends in Aberdeen. Sally also enjoys foreign travel and can be often found in some far away place seeking her next cultural experience!
Martha Pollard: Dementia Support and Befriending Coordinator
Martha’s part-time ELC role focuses emotional and social support for carers and people living with dementia, and dementia awareness raising. She facilitates the dementia-inclusive ‘Lunch Breaks’ that include music and singing; dance; storytelling; interactive poetry and art; exercises and games; and therapets.
During lockdown Martha began the weekly ‘The Isolation Times’ for carers and people living with dementia.
Martha is working towards her Diploma in Counselling and has an MSc in Community Health and a PhD in Public Health Sciences. She also has a background in care work; holds a BA in psychology; and is a counselling skills tutor; and dementia researcher.