As Programme Manager, Anne-Michelle's role is to co-ordinate the implementation of the LEADER Local Development Strategy. This involves supporting the Local Action Group (LAG), managing the LEADER team, and liaising with the Scottish Government and Stirling Council as the Accountable Body. With the help of the wider LEADER team, Anne-Michelle does her best to keep up to speed with what is happening with all the projects supported by LEADER and help ensure they go as smoothly as possible. This helps her to support the LAG in identifying new areas of activity and possible new areas to link up with under the co-operation strand of LEADER. In the last programme we funded 135 very different projects, so it can be quite a job to keep up to speed with everyone!
As Claims Officer, Irene's role is to support the Expressions of Interest process. Once a project is approved by the Local Action Group (LAG), she checks and co-ordinates the processing of grant claim forms from approved applicants. Irene minutes the quarterly LAG Minutes and carries out other administrative jobs within the LEADER Team. She is a point of contact in the absence of Anne-Michelle, our Programme Manager.
As a Development Officer, Sarah’s role is to support applicants to apply to the LEADER fund, help them explore ideas, develop suitable projects and highlight specialist advice services.
Sarah has a background of working in sustainable policy in local government, housing regeneration, community development and environmental science. Her interests include local food and drink, community owned assets and services, sustainable tourism, low carbon businesses and creative industries. Sarah is the contact for the Local Action Group’s: Strategic Activity and Strategic Route Mapping sub groups.
As a Development Officer, Ashley's role is to assist applicants in all areas of LEADER funding - developing ideas and projects and supporting applicants throughout the application process. Ashley also is very active in the communications of FVL LEADER - follow us on twitter and facebook, and check out our blog.
Ashley comes to LEADER from a background in sustainable food education, ecological agriculture, and community engagement. Her rural interests range from market gardening and innovative grazing methods, to cycle-touring and sustainable transport, to community-supported and social enterprise business models. She is the staff contact for the Local Action Group Farm Diversification & Rural Enterprise sub-group.