Our Staff

Below you will find out more about the staff at Engage Renfrewshire, including their social media presence. If you wish to contact a member of our staff directly, please click on their name to send them an email.

Alan McNiven - Chief Executive


I am Chief Executive of Renfrewshire's TSI 'Engage Renfrewshire' which supports local community action, volunteering, and social enterprise. The agency also promotes the local Third Sector’s role in Community Planning. 

I have a wide range of experience within education, regeneration policy and community engagement delivery with emphasis around the arts, youth work and the Third Sector. I've developed significant community initiatives including the establishment of community radio projects, ‘Out of Schools Learning’ initiatives, and award winning diversionary programmes. I also have experience in community asset transfers and local employment initiatives.

I managed a Youth Arts Service in Strathclyde Region before undertaking study in Photography & Film. During that time I was employed in a number of freelance roles with music and design companies and carried out photography briefs across the UK. On graduating I took up a range of education and arts roles with Renfrewshire Council which included acting as Principal Arts Officer before moving on to Paisley Partnership Regeneration Company where I was Company Manager.

During 2010 I managed the merger of the three local Third Sector support agencies in Renfrewshire to establish ‘Engage Renfrewshire’, taking up the role of Chief Executive in December 2010. In this new role I've been committed to the development of excellent community engagement practices for the Community Planning Partnership and championed the establishment of improved financial & governance models for Third Sector organisations.

I'm Chair of Renfrewshire's Forum for Empowering Communities, member of the Management Group for ‘Kibbleworks', member of the SFA's Developing Community Football Clubs Project Team, member of the 'Paisley 2021 City of Culture' bid team and Chair of Childcare First Limited.

I hold a Masters Degree in Social Enterprise and I'm currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate (Justice, Welfare and Policy). 

Contact me on: amcniven@engagerenfrewshire.com

Amy Heywood - Finance Admin Assistant

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I joined Engage Renfrewshire in 2012 originally for 6 months with CJS (Community Jobs Scotland) as Front of House Assistant, during this time on occasion I would assist with administration duties for Engage’s Finance Team. After I completed the 6 months CJS, Engage offered me the post of Finance Administrator to which lead me to become a Trainee Accounts Assistant. I left Engage in 2015 for a year and returned in 2016 as the Finance Administrator.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Pension administration
  • Payroll administration, including registering new clients
  • Payroll weekly, monthly schedules both internally & externally
  • File maintenance
  • Weekly updating of social media

Amy is also working towards her SVQ in Payroll. 

Outwith Engage, I voluntarily part own a local community group in Renfrew (in partnership with Renfrew YMCA) called “Let’s Play!” where we have 4 separate areas for activities e.g. a music room, arts & crafts area, soft play equipment and my favourite a sensory room. Let’s Play is for 0-5 years, parents/guardians must stay with the child at all times and we ask for the use of mobiles to solely be used for taking photos with our main aim to empower parents/guardians.

In any spare time that I have left, my friends and I go on road trips around Scotland visiting as many places as we can and I have started working my way round visiting cities abroad to become more knowledgeable about different cultures.

Contact me on aheywood@engagerenfrewshire.com

Darren Main - Finance Officer                                          

Darren.jpgI have worked at Engage since January 2012.

I am responsible for the Sales Ledger of Engage, Childcare First & recording the bank transactions of all our individual payroll clients.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Raising invoices for money owed to Engage(ER) or Childcare First (CCF)
  • Debt chasing outstanding monies
  • Liaise with CCF relating to parental fees and payments
  • Client bank reconciliations
  • Client internal transfers / invoices owed to ER
  • Monitoring reports for Renfrewshire Council
  • Balance sheet control accounts  for ER, CCF and clients 

Outwith Engage I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and enjoy the outdoors.

Contact me on dmain@engagerenfrewshire.com

Denise Connor - Payroll Officer  


I started with Engage in November 2013 as a Finance Administrator and have since then progressed to become the Payroll Officer within the Finance Team. My responsibilities have varied since joining Engage, although I have enjoyed the challenges and experiences that my role has created. 

Areas of Responsibility:

  • All payroll issues for clients, ER and CCF
  • HMRC & pensions monthly payments
  • Sheriff Officer deductions
  • Pension assessments
  • Monthly reconciliations of payroll accounts
  • Year end HMRC reporting 

In my spare time enjoy spending time with my family, Sunday dinners, cooking, trying out new recipes. 

Contact me on dconnor@engagerenfrewshire.com

Frances de Woronin - Finance Assistant

Frances.jpgI joined Engage in December 2001 and I am responsible for all the Purchase Ledger & Petty Cash both for Engage & Childcare First.

I support all the Payroll Clients processing their invoice payments.

Areas of Responsibily:

  • Petty Cash for ER
  • Processing invoices on behalf of ER, CCF and payroll clients
  • Preparing payments runs for all
  • Balance sheet control accounts  for ER, CCF and clients
  • Inputting payroll payments through bank
  • Internal bank transfer
  • In Head of Finance absence budget queries 

When I am not working I am kept busy enjoying time with my family and love travelling around Scotland and seeing all its beautiful scenery any season of the year.

Contact me on fdeworonin@engagerenfrewshire.com

Heather Kay - Credit Union Development Officer


Hi, my name is Heather Kay and I am the Credit Union Development Officer for Renfrewshire. I work with five credit unions currently operating throughout Renfrewshire:

  • Gleniffer Credit Union
  • Johnstone Credit Union
  • Renfrewshire-wide Credit Union
  • Scotwest Credit Union
  • White Cart Credit Union

I support the credit unions to increase their membership, recruit volunteers and provide advice on how they can become more sustainable. In the upcoming year, I will be focussing on:

  • Increasing savings through the Renfrewshire Council initiative, iSave, which gives every primary 7 pupil, who is moving on to secondary school, £10 to open their credit union account
  • Encouraging local businesses to sign up for the Payroll Deduction Scheme. This scheme assists employees to save directly with a credit union from their wages.
  • Continuing to act as secretariat for Renfrewshire’s Affordable Credit Group. This group seeks to identify and promote affordable credit for the Renfrewshire community.

In my spare time, I enjoy attending comic conventions with my cosplaying daughter, knitting with my mum, hiking around the UK with friends and 'myth busting' research with my husband.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know anything about credit unions, iSave, Payroll Deduction or the Affordable Credit Group.

Contact me on hkay@engagerenfrewshire.com

Iain Cunningham - Third Sector Development Officer

iain.jpgI have a wide range of experience within community development, regeneration and community engagement delivery with particular emphasis around Social Enterprise, capacity building, community learning and development including Education Scotland School and learning community inspections as well as the Third Sector. I have also assisted with the development of a number of significant community initiatives including the establishment of community tool kits (Funding, Social Enterprise and Community Planning).

I also have experience in community asset transfers and local employment initiatives and am published with Glasgow University Department of Adult & Continuing Education as a model of good community practice case study.

I am committed to the development of excellent community engagement practices for the Community Planning Partnership and sits on Greener thematic board for communities.

I enjoy playing 7 a side football (too old and slow for 5’s) with friends and Motorcycling.

Contact me on icunningham@engagerenfrewshire.com

Jacqueline Carroll - Head of Finance


I am the Head of Finance for Engage Renfrewshire with overall responsibility for the financial management and governance of the company. My responsibilities also include overseeing and promoting the Payroll & Financial Services and supporting the subsidiary company, Childcare First.

I have over 13 year’s'Third Sector experience, working with Engage and have worked within the private sector previous to joining Engage.

In my spare time I am a dedicated ‘Dance Mum’ to my 4 girls, which takes up most of my time and money!!

For all queries relating to setting up Payroll, Bookkeeping/ financial services and Auto Enrolment please contact me:  jcarroll@engagerenfrewshire.com 

Joe Gillespie - Cleaner / Caretaker

10.jpgI have worked for Engage in its various guises since the early 2000s and as the Caretaker I am responsible for the security of the building before and after the working day. I also assist with health and safety processes, am the building handyman and am responsible for keeping the building shiny clean.

When I am not at work I like to spend time with my six grandchildren and have the occasional beer.

Karen McIntyre - Community and Partnerships Manager

KMc.jpgI am the Community & Partnership Manager for Engage Renfrewshire and manage the Community & Voluntary Action Team as well as leading on collaborative working across the voluntary sector, and indeed between the voluntary and public and private sectors too.

With 15 years working for both national and local charities, I have a good grasp of the challenges faced by not for profit organisations, and of course the extraordinary impact which charities achieve day in, day out. I believe that the sector supersedes other sectors because we do more, with less, and I'm passionate about projecting the voluntary sector as the professional body we are.

Out with Engage, I can be found exploring Scotland in a decrepit but much loved VW campervan.

I can be contacted on kmcintyre@engagerenfrewshire.com

Karen Miller- Volunteer Development Officer


I am Engage Renfrewshire’s Volunteer Development Officer.  I support organisations with best practice advice, saltire awards, policy development, marketing volunteering opportunities, volunteer referrals, projects, work placements, events, and the volunteer friendly quality accreditation. 

I am highly committed to highlighting the professionalism of volunteering across Renfrewshire. I am also Chair of Renfrewshire’s Volunteer Manager Forum which comprises over 50 members, all of whom are involved managing volunteers. This Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss topical issues, share best practice and organise joint events.

Prior to this I held the position of Renfrew West Community Development Officer with Engage Renfrewshire. I was formerly a Director of HR with one of the largest social care organisations in Scotland.

Contact me on kmiller@engagerenfrewshire.com

Kate Grant - Administrator

Kate.jpgI am Administrator at Engage and have been in the role since April 2016. Prior to this I worked in several sectors including charity, construction and advertising.

The Administrator role can mean wearing several hats on a daily basis including overseeing Reception, administrative support to the CEO and Board, Health & Safety, liaison with Engage’s tenants and events planning.

I also put together and send out the weekly E-Alert so get in touch with me if you have some information or events that  you would like included. The best email for this is info@engagerenfrewshire.com

In my free time I can mostly be found walking my dog or at a rowdy gig. 

Kim Cameron- Volunteer Admin Officer


I have worked for Engage Renfrewshire since July 2005 and am employed as Saltire and Volunteering Administration Officer.  I have built up strong working relations with schools and have gained a wide knowledge of the Sector and the local community.

In my spare time I enjoy up-cycling furniture, socialising and spending time with my family.

For further information on the Saltire Awards, please contact me on kcameron@engagerenfrewshire.com  

Stuart Miller -  Community Capacity Development Officer


I have worked with Engage Renfrewshire and its predecessor since 2004. Currently I am the Community Capacity Development Officer. This provides the opportunity to support, assist and work alongside community groups and associations across Renfrewshire. This includes assisting volunteers to set up new groups; providing information on constitutions, committees and office bearers. I also arrange relevant training that will support and inform local groups to become more effective in helping their communities but also becoming more sustainable, for example leadership & management, PVG and Gift Aid. I also organise funding fayres, where community groups can meet with funders face-to-face and chat through their ideas. Additionally, I assist groups and associations identify and access funding, by way of a funding toolkit and our new GRANTfinder internet based software. These both provide the opportunity for me to enable groups to consider if they are able to apply for funding and what they might have to put in place before applying for funding.

In life outside work, I enjoy watching and being an expert on football. In my own head I am one of the best managers in the world. I really enjoy going hill-walking with my sons, keeping fit, going to the cinema, and eating as much cake as possible.

Contact me on smiller@engagerenfrewshire.com

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