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, Caroline'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. Caroline 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.
Nikki’s role as a Development Officer, is to support applicants with the LEADER application process, help them explore and develop ideas, and assist them to access the right services, with the aim that their funding application will be successful.
Nikki has a mix of experience in community engagement and volunteer development, publishing and communications. Most recently she has worked within an environmental organisation in the area of local food development, building a food business network and launching the Stirling Food Assembly. Other environmental roles have involved supporting woodland skills and management and work in reducing individual carbon footprints.
Her interests include the natural environment, travel, developing a circular economy, local food and drink and the creative industries. Nikki loves meeting people, supporting innovative ideas, and wherever possible linking people and their ideas in a positive way.
Carolyn’s role as a Development Officer, is to support applicants with the LEADER application process, help them explore and develop ideas, and assist them to access the right services, with the aim that their funding application will be successful.
Carolyn’s background is in business development particularly within the tourism, creative industries and food & drink sectors. She has an interest in promoting social value and enterprise, and raising awareness of the hidden value of micro businesses to the local & rural economy.
With support from Stirling Council and Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER, the Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator post has been funded to help grow, support, and innovate the local food system in the area. A major focus of the role will be to create a Local Food & Drink Vision, Strategy & Action Plan for the Forth Valley & Loch Lomond area.
This work was led by Ashley Robinson in partnership with Stirling Council, FVL LEADER, Forth Environment Link, West Dunbartonshire Council, Clackmannanshire Council and others. She has a slight obsession with all things local food and is absolutely delighted to be in the Co-ordinator post.
Her professional background is in sustainable food education, community engagement around local food, and in rural development. She has also worked on a range of farms and in food enterprises, including an innovative market garden using bio-intensive growing practices in Canada, a variety of hill farms in the UK (sheep work), and as a director of Riverside Bakery CIC a sourdough micro-bakery. Her particular interests are in small-scale farming, innovative grazing methods, holistic management, sourdough bread, and alternative routes to market.
*Ashley's role concluded in March 2020, and she is now off pursuing new adventures. Ashley's work leaves a great legacy, and if you would like to find out more about current activity around Food & Drink in the area contact us via our contact page.