Duncan is a retired toolmaker. As well as being on the board at YMCA Bellshill and Mossend, Duncan is also a member of many other boards and committees including Bellshill Citizens advice Bureau, Voluntary Sector Partnership Group and Bellshill Community Council to name but a few.
Duncan is a manager and Elder of the EU Congregational Church and can be seen doubling as Father Christmas annually at Braehead Dobbies Garden Centre
When Duncan has any spare time, he enjoys playing carpet bowls and watching snooker and darts.
Eddie has worked for the Department for International Trade (DIT) for seventeen years, including overseas Trade Roles in India and China. He was Head of Trade for Western India in Mumbai 2007 to 2011 and then Head of Retail for DIT in China, based at the British Embassy in Beijing, until May 2015. He has led teams in developing sector strategies, delivered major visits and events in both these markets, including the British Prime Minister, David Cameron in December 2013 and HRH Prince William and DIT Ministers in March 2015.
On returning to the UK in 2015, Eddie was Head of the Aid Funded Business Team, looking to support UK companies to work with the World Bank, African Development Bank, UN and other MDBs. Eddie then joined the Infrastructure Team in 2017, initially leading on the Construction and Water Sectors before focusing solely on Water in Sept 2019.
As Head of Water for DIT, Eddie proactively engages the UK water sector and its supply chain to best represent UK export priorities and capabilities. Coupled with Eddie’s extensive overseas network and market insights he works to align overseas need with UK export strengths.
Gilbert has been involved in the voluntary sector since 1990, and prior to that worked in the NHS. He has been involved in the development of social enterprise organisations at all levels and was previously CEO of East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action and has also previously worked with Citizens Advice Bureau and SCVO.
Gilbert was inspired to join the board as he was impressed with the very obvious team work approach within Bellshill YMCA. The way people are supportive of each other and the way they strive to make a difference to their clients. He looks forward to seeing the organisation continuing to meet the needs of its local community in the coming years.
Gilbert is a keen music fan and cyclist in his spare time
Angela has worked with NHS Lanarkshire since 1999 in Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics and Older Adult Care. For the last 10 years Angela has worked as a specialist nurse working both in acute and the community providing specialist care to a vulnerable care group.
Angela is also a long-term member of Bellshill Community Council and Bellshill Community Council Planning Group.
She has a historic relationship and love for Bellshill & Mossend YMCA and was part of the Bellshill Harriers, Bellshill badminton club and completed her Duke of Edinburgh award at the YMCA.
In her spare time Angela takes part in sponsored walks and home baking sales raising money for various charities and she also enjoys spending time with family and friend.
As already highlighted, the board is relatively new and made up of 5 individuals with a variety of skills. The organisation seeks to increase board numbers to a total of 8 individuals – to supplement current numbers with additional skills and experience to those that already exist. The key issue YMCA will face is ensuring new board members are committed to the mission and vision of the organisation. Recruiting appropriately-skilled board members will be challenging - during the current COVID-19 crisis most 3rd Sector organisations seeking to increase the breadth of skills at board level find this a difficult task.
Once recruited and with additional skills to call upon, the YMCA can further develop its sub-committee structure where issues such as finance, human resources and risk registers are managed within the structure thereby ‘sharing the load’ of governance responsibilities.