Meet Our Team

Here you can find our staff, volunteers, interns and trustees.

Glenn Liddall

Head & Founder

After over twenty years in the third sector in Scotland, Glenn is delighted to have established a new kind of organisation in the field of social innovation. Glenn has qualifications in counselling (AdDip Coun), fundraising (MInstF) & is working toward a degree in Leadership and Management.

Glenn Liddall

Miren Ochoa Sagues

Training & Volunteer Coordinator

Miren is very passionate about helping children and young people. She started volunteering with People Know How in 2014 and is now in charge of managing the projects and fundraising departments. Miren has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Pharmacology and Severe Mental Illnesses. She has experience in managing teams of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.

Miren Ochoa Sagues

Elena Bravo

Webmaster

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Elena is a web designer and mad scientist at heart. With a background in biotechnology, her love for design and understanding how things work led her to migrate from the study of stem cells to the amazing world of digital technology. Elena loves experimenting and learning about new design and programming trends.

Elena Bravo

Itziar Irigoyen

Community Space | Welcome & Enagement Coordinator

Itziar is an Administration and Business Management graduate with over two years of experience. In 2015 she applied for a scholarship to experience a new life challenge and decided to volunteer with People Know How. She loves chatting and meeting new people.

Itziar Irigoyen

Alicia Sancho Montañés

Shared Heritage – Shared Future Co-ordinator

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Alicia finished her Bachelor’s Degree in History two years ago. She has taken part in different archaeological research and education projects. As she is passionate about communicating with people, she participated in a Tourist Information Internship project and she also decided to study a Master’s Degree in Teacher Training in Secondary School Education with specialisation in Social Studies. As part of a scholarship programme, she’s working on our Shared Heritage – Shared Future project.

Sean Britton

Rissa de la Paz

Social Innovation Academy Co-ordinator

Rissa de la Paz has worked as a producer in multimedia and lifelong learning. She is passionate about nurturing the spark that keeps our curiosity alive. She is keen to immerse herself in projects that fire the imagination and creativity of our communities. Rissa is thrilled to be part of the team running the Social Innovation Academy.

Sean Britton

Sarah Vivers

Volunteer

Sarah is a currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. With an Undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science, Sarah had 3 years working for the Medical Research Council in Oxfordshire before deciding to transition to a career in Public Health. Sarah is also an Equalities Ambassador for the Edinburgh Equality and Rights Network. This works in an intersectional manner to advance equality, promote human rights and tackle inequality and poverty

Enara Eizagirre

Caroline Stevens

Volunteer

Caroline is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Quantitative Methods at the University of Edinburgh. As an aspiring social researcher, she is looking forward to gaining experience with the creative and inspiring team at People Know How.

Sean Britton

Lesley London

Chair: Board of Trustees

Lesley has recently retired as a social work team leader after 39 years in practice in Edinburgh. Throughout her career, Lesley has been involved in all aspects of child care and child protection and she chaired one of the City’s Adoption & Fostering Panels. Lesley is the Safeguarding Coordinator at Stockbridge Parish Church. She has lead responsibility for safeguarding as well as being the Chair.

Lesley London

Nigel Ross

Vice Chair: Board of Trustees

Nigel is a qualified lawyer and was in private practice for many years until being appointed as a Sheriff. He has professional involvement in well-being issues relating to children and families, and is currently a director of another Edinburgh based charity promoting the emotional well-being of children throughout the UK. He has lead responsibility for legal and ethical matters as well as being the Vice Chair.

 

Mark Spolton-Dean

Treasurer: Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance, Fundraising and HR Subgroup.

Mark is an accountant with a multi-national media company where he has worked for four years. He has responsibility for the finance functions at the Edinburgh office. Mark is happy to be able to employ his skills in chairing the finance, fundraising and human resources Subgroup. He has a keen interest in ensuring good governance as well as opening up new sources of funding through tendering for consultation and community engagement contracts through Public Contracts Scotland.

Samantha Monk

Samantha Monk

Trustee: Board of Trustees

Samantha works for news monitoring and social analytics company Meltwater, where she served for five years as Managing Director of their Boston, Buenos Aires and Edinburgh offices. She now divides her time between Edinburgh and London providing consultation on social media and public relations best practices to the company’s top UK clients. An experienced career coach and mentor, Samantha is passionate about helping young people fulfil their potential and welcomes the opportunity to contribute in a non-profit environment. Samantha speaks fluent Spanish and has a passionate interest in Spanish culture and tradition.

Samantha Monk

Jamie Laing

Trustee – Chair of the Development Subgroup

Jamie was until recently a Learning & Development Specialist for one of the largest retailers in the UK where he is responsible for designing, delivering and evaluating training for over 160,000 staff nationwide. He is on a management development programme and is currently working within their banking division. Having spent three years in retail management at the start of his career, Jamie found his passion in developing others and supporting them to be the best they can be. Jamie has previously been a Trustee of a neighbourhood centre in North Edinburgh and is keen to bring his knowledge and skills back into the third sector. He has lead responsibility for items related to buildings and premises including health and safety as well as Chair of the Development Subgroup.

Jamie Laing

Keith Smyth

Trustee: Board of Trustees

Keith is Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and works across the UHI partnership to lead and support strategic learning and teaching developments, funded educational research projects, and staff engagement in educational scholarship and research. Prior to joining UHI Keith was a Senior Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at Edinburgh Napier University, where he was Programme Leader for the award-winning MSc Blended and Online Education and led key initiatives including Edinburgh Napier’s Digital Futures consultation. Keith has undertaken funded projects in areas including curriculum design, open and online education, and social outreach. He has also worked with a number of charities and third sector groups in these areas, including as Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the Board of Directors for Lead (Linking Education and Disability) Scotland between 2011 and 2013. He has lead responsibility for developing the Social Innovation Academy training and module development to validation.

Keith Smyth

Caroline Watson

Trustee: Board of Trustees and Chair of the Communications Subgroup

Caroline has over 25 years’ experience working in human relations and communications. Since 2011 she has run her own successful company providing research based human relations communications to companies and charities. Caroline is new to the board of trustees and keen to share her skills in strategic planning, project management and branding.

Keith Smyth

Amrita Ahluwalia

Trustee: Board of Trustees

Amrita is currently planning to embark on a PhD building on her MSc in Cognition in Science and Society. Amrita is new to the board of trustees and was an intern with People Know How in 2013 and co-ordinated a consultation with children and young people in 2014. She is keen to share her skills in research and consultation work.

Keith Smyth

Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson

Trustee: Board of Trustees

Alec is President of the Edinburgh University Student Association whilst he is taking a year out from studying Economics (MA). Alec is new to the board of trustees and has been involved in developing our Social Innovation Academy especially in terms of establishing social enterprise as a sustainable funding source. He is keen to share her skills in finance and his interest in future economic models as well as connecting People Know How with corporate sponsors.

Keith Smyth