Staff Profiles

Helen Scammell

Director

I have a long history of working in the voluntary sector – prior to joining PCHP I was a senior Manager in Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and have over my career worked as a Social Inclusion Partnership Manager and managed a Community Health Project in Glasgow’s East End.

I have a Master’s Degree in Citizenship and Human Rights and am passionate about community led action and participation. I also live in the Granton area so I care deeply about the place and the people where I both reside and work.

Dawn Anderson

Depute Director / Community Development Team Lead for Women Supporting Women, Food Team and Living in Harmony

I am incredibly lucky to work here, with inspiring and values driven colleagues and volunteers. I appreciate every day the history and impact PCHP has had in our communities, and the strong unwavering commitment of people to continue to tackle the incredible unfairness of health inequalities.

I contribute many years’ experience in community development and operational management in the voluntary, public and social care sectors, and strive to support and enable the community led drive to create and make our own opportunities and routes to better, fairer health all round.

Memes Molina

Community Development Worker – Food

I moved to Scotland in 2001. I taught Spanish at Edinburgh University until 2009, the same year that I finished a Master’s in Public Health Practice. Since then I’ve been working in different communities around Edinburgh.

I’ve been part of the PCHP food team since 2012 and I love working in this project and in this community. The best curries, Chinese dishes and mince and tatties I’ve ever tried have been done by local people I’m working with in North Edinburgh.

My passion about food has increased alongside my work. I believe food is a great connector among people, whether is planting, harvesting, cooking or eating together.

Joe Jones

Community Development Worker – Food

I have lived in the area for the last 26 years and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Nutrition from Queen Margaret University.

I joined PCHP as I wanted to get more involved with the practical side of food and nutrition at the community level, increasing my own experience and helping the project and local community in the process.

My hopes are to use my food and nutrition knowledge, alongside my community development experience, to further support and enhance the already great community food work ongoing across the area.

Hazel Loeb

Development Worker – Women Supporting Women

I have worked in PCHP since 2002. Sixteen years later and I still absolutely love working here. I consider it to be a real privilege to work alongside women at what can be really difficult times in their lives.

I have a love of walking, laughter and odd socks.

Rosa Garman

Development Worker – Women Supporting Women

I come from London but was made in Edinburgh. I first came to Edinburgh to study Social Anthropology with Development and then fell in love with the city and have been here ever since. My background is working in the areas of mental health and disabilities, more specifically with Anorexia Nervosa, OCD, Autism and Multiple Sclerosis. I’m also the arty type.

I am passionate about viewing health in a holistic way, as well as gender equality, which is why it’s such a pleasure to be part of the Women Supporting Women team.

Julie Patterson

Senior Mental Health & Safeguarding Officer

I have worked in the voluntary sector and mental health for 25 years, working with and alongside some amazing and inspirational people. I lived locally in Pilton for 10 years before moving out of the city.

Before joining PCHP in January 2017 I worked for Health in Mind for 22 years in various roles; including the Beyond Trauma team, working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the creation of the Community Connecting service, recruiting and managing a team of 30 volunteers to support socially isolated older people across the City.

My current role within PCHP allows me to challenge and improve the systems around safeguarding as well as the culture, to protect us as workers and the people we work with.

My working style is person-centred, demonstrating empathy, maturity and mutual respect, so that we can support individuals to develop resilience and a positive attitude towards social and life skills, relationships, health, work and essential routines. By empowering individuals they recognise their own strengths and self-worth and grow in confidence.

I have recently rediscovered cycling, and enjoy long walks at the weekend with my dog. I am married, have a 21 year old stepson and 2 grandchildren.

Hollie Ruddick

Community Link Worker

I’m a community worker with a passion for reducing social isolation and working towards greater inclusion in local groups and activities. As a Link Worker, I’m able to work alongside clients referred by their GP’s to help them reach their wellbeing goals and connect with other organisations. It’s great to meet so many people across the north west!

Danny McShane

GP Link Worker

I’ve been living in Edinburgh for about 15 years working in various community mental health/health roles. I love good coffee. PCHP is a great place to be as I get to work alongside colleagues providing other community-focussed and innovative health projects.

As a GP Link Worker in North West Edinburgh I really enjoy the daily business of working with my clients, my GP Practice colleagues and service providers. It’s cool to constantly learn new things and be inspired by the folk I meet. My link worker role involves supporting clients with health difficulties from my GP Practices to identify and access relevant support options in the community.

Sophie Carmichael

Community Link Worker

My name is Sophie and I am from London. I have lived in Edinburgh for 12 years and loved every minute. Before joining the Pilton Community Health Project I worked for Penumbra for the Fife self harm project supporting people at risk of suicide and self harm.

My passions are baking, walking, chocolate, Christmas and cats. I enjoy complimentary therapies and reiki, and very much look forward to my new role at PCHP.

Kalsoom Ali

Crèche Worker

Anne MacPherson

Finance Officer

My introduction to PCHP was when I came as a temp and I’m still here! PCHP made a real impression on me – the great work carried out by all the amazing people behind it.

Every single person contributes, even I make lunches for the Women Supporting Women days out! Finance is not always a numbers game.

Vikki-Lee Fyfe

Administrative Officer

Maureen McGonigle

Sessional Worker – Women Supporting Women

I have been at PCHP as a sessional worker since 2015. I have been involved with Women Supporting Women co-facilitating Confidence Building courses and the Drop-In, but since then I have also been involved in one-to-one support work with women and latterly admin and reception work for both counselling and the core service. I am a qualified complementary therapist which complements my work here. I live and work in this community and enjoy being involved in our community and being a part of the great work that is done at PCHP by the dedicated staff team.

Jenna Corker

Fundraiser

Carla Sayer

Development Worker – Living in Harmony

After studying anthropology from 2009-2013, Carla worked overseas in development projects and supported migrants and asylum seekers in Glasgow. She’s qualified to teach English as a second language.

You’ll find her helping out at the Chat Café every Monday except school holidays, 12-2pm at Royston Wardieburn Community Centre. This is a welcoming space for new and settled migrants to this area.

Alex Perry

Digital Communications Officer

I joined the PCHP team in 2019 to take over social media duties and build our new website, but my role has grown to include helping with outcomes evaluation, making flyers and materials for groups, and any other odd task that’s within my skill set. In a previous life I studied English at Edinburgh Napier, made short films, and self-published a novel, but working alongside all the amazing people at PCHP has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done.