Our Directors

Engage Board

The Board of Engage Renfrewshire acts to ensure that the organisation upholds our charitable purpose. The directors provide the formal overview of our business strategy, resource management, organisational effectiveness and behaviour of our organisation. The leadership provided by our board of directors is crucial to our impact – helping us to improve our decision making and ultimately adding value to our performance.

Allan Dick - Chair 

Allan Dick.jpgAllan Dick has been Chair of Engage Renfrewshire since April 2011.

Allan has worked for West College Scotland since 2001 and prior to that he held roles in both the third and private sector. In his role, as West College Scotland Economic Development Manager, Allan works closely with and has considerable experience of the public, community and voluntary sectors across Renfrewshire.

He has contributed to the development and delivery of Community Planning in Renfrewshire and currently is a member of the Jobs and Economy Thematic Board of the Community Plan.  Allan attended the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee and has attained an MSc in Community Planning and Regeneration.  Allan lives in Paisley. 

Gloria Murray 

Gloria Murray.jpgGloria Murray is an Accountant and Director of Murray Associates in Linwood and a member of the Council of the Association of International Accountants.

She specialises in working with business owners to create sustainable ethical businesses that provide local employment. She runs training events to support businesses and mentoring groups to encourage businesses to develop supportive relationships with each other.

Gloria has won awards for her innovative approach to customer service. She contributes to IoD Scotland and Business Women Scotland magazines and produces her own mini-magazine full of business tips for clients and contacts.

Gloria believes in giving back and is on the Board of Kinning Park Community Centre, the panel for the Prince’s Trust and is often a speaker at Women into Business and E’Spark.

Gordon McGuinness 

Gordon McGuinness.jpgGordon is a Director with Skills Development Scotland, where he leads its ‘Industry and Enterprise Team’ which supports and promotes skill enhancement within each of the Government’s Key Economic Sectors and delivers support to organisation on Workforce Development. The Skills Development Scotland Team works with key organisations such as the Scottish Funding Council to develop a Skill Supply model which is better aligned to future economic requirements. Prior to joining Skills Development Scotland, Gordon had 17 years experience with Scottish Enterprise and was based in Paisley with Renfrewshire Enterprise in a range of operational roles.

In addition to Engage Renfrewshire, Gordon was the Chair of the Board of Management at Reid Kerr College in Paisley, prior to its merger into West College Scotland, he is currently a Board Member of Glasgow Clyde College, is Chair of Radio City Association Ltd, a Healthy Living Centre Initiative. Gordon is also a member of the SQA Advisory Council.

Billy Clark

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Billy Clark is an active local volunteer who has had wide experience as an employee of a number of community based initiatives. Billy also operated for many years Ferguslie Park Community Transport - a local social enterprise project. Now retired Billy, who originally trained as a vehicle mechanic, has supported local community action in Renfrewshire for over 30 years.

Billy was previously a Director of the Ferguslie Park Sports Trust.


Anne McMillan

Anne.jpgAnne is a qualified accountant and has had a long and varied career in the public sector.  She has spent much of her career in roles related to audit and governance and was for a number of years the chief internal auditor in Renfrewshire Council. In recent years she worked as head of resources for the social work service in Renfrewshire which she found very rewarding and through it developed a personal interest in the work of the service and of the third sector. She was chair of the resources standing committee for Social Work Scotland, and worked locally and nationally on the integration of health and social care services.  She is currently a member of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the Scottish Social Services Council, and is Trustee and Treasurer of the I am me (Scotland) Charity.


Helen Simpson 

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Helen trained as a Registered General Nurse and Midwife. Following 26 years’ clinical and managerial service in the NHS, she joined ACCORD in 2002 as Nursing Director.

A graduate of Paisley University and the University of Glasgow, Helen was  Chief Executive of ACCORD Hospice from 2012 to 2020.






Jim Gillespie

Jim Gillespie joined Kibble in 2014 as an Executive Director. In September Photo.jpg2016, after two years of service, he was appointed Chief Executive Designate, before taking over as Chief Executive in May 2017.

Jim brings vast senior management and director level experience in strategic leadership, with comprehensive skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. Jim has extensive experience of providing consultancy on policy development and implementation to governments throughout the UK. In 2006, Jim was awarded a Butler Trust Award by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and has completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

Jim is an active contributor to the Scottish Leaders initiative, which focuses on business transformation, leadership and empowerment. Married with two children, he balances professional and family life with a keen interest in many sports. 

Jacki Smart

jacki.JPGJacki qualified as a nurse in 1990 and worked as a hands on nurse in critical care settings until she moved in to management type roles in 2005. Jacki has had a varied career since then and has worked in local hospital care for adults and children, she spent 5 years working nationally in Healthcare Improvement Scotland learning the quality improvement trade and specifically working in their Scottish Health Council who supported NHS Scotland to engage with patients, the public and the charity sector.

Following this she worked as General Manager for Surgical Services in the Clyde sector of NHS GG&C - driving quality and patient experience. Jacki is a passionate advocate for ensuring people are at the centre of their care. She was nominated as a trustee to the Accord Board of Directors and when the opportunity to be considered as the next CEO of the charity emerged, she grasped it with both hands! Jacki is working with the Accord team to maintain the excellence in care already delivered and to perhaps explore opportunities to support Accord and the broader palliative and end of life care world to expand their reach while protecting the quality that the Hospice is renowned for. 


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