Head of Services
Michelle joined Cyrenians in July 2017, not least because she shares our vision of an inclusive society where we respect diversity and all have opportunities to realise our full potential.
As a member of the Leadership Team, Michelle has responsibility for the strategic management and development of our Mediation and Support services, HMP Addiewell Visitor Centre, Learning and Work services, Live Life Veterans’ Partnership and our national Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution.
Prior to joining Cyrenians she worked for MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project) where she, amongst other things, initiated the award-winning Gypsy/Traveller Carers' Programme. From 2017 – 2019 she also worked as a Special Advisor to the Women and Equalities Select Committee at the House of Commons.
With an educational background in Social Anthropology, Michelle’s employment experience, in Scotland and overseas, has been varied - working for Save the Children, the University of Glasgow and Health in Mind. She enjoys working with people and is passionate about promoting diversity and challenging injustices. She’s also a strong supporter of using the creative arts as research, advocacy and training tools.