Potential Club Speakers
Listed below are individuals and organisations who are prepared to provide a speaker for clubs in District 1230
Paisley’s Progressive Patterns
Alan McNiven’s remit is to get involvement and engagement from throughout Renfrewshire to the continuing developments in Paisley and District’s wide range of cultural and community involvement projects. The town’s bid for the City of Culture set the pace, but now there have been identified many more fascinating projects helped by the district’s operating in a much greater self-sufficient mode.
The journey is an interesting and challenging one.
Alan can be contacted at AMcNiven@EngageRenfrewshire.com.
Royal Navy Capabilities
The Royal Navy has developed a presentation on their facilities and capabilities which they are willing to present to clubs.
Further details can be obtained from email@example.com or call 02392 727466.
Council on Deafness (SCoD) - Janis McDonald
Web Site: www.scod.org.uk
Working towards a society where deaf people have equal access, rights and citizenship.Focusing on the “four pillars of deafness” to describe "Deaf, Deafblind, Deafened and Hard of Hearing" as people with different levels of deafness have different barriers to overcome and have different language and communication support needs.Their membership provides an effective partnership working between the Third Sector, the Public Sector, and the Private Sector, and Scottish Government to improve the lives of deaf people.
Janis McDonald is currently the Chief Officer of the Scottish Council on Deafness. Janis has a nursing background and has worked in the Public and Third Sectors. She has thematic specialities: addictions, particularly alcohol; homelessness; equalities and deafness..
Contact details: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 0141 248 2474, Mob: 07815311479
Flourish House” is a small charity which provides support to individuals and their families who have been affected by long-lasting mental health issues. Emphasis is placed on recovery through involvement and those speaking to clubs have all become fully aware, in the practical sense, of the work carried out and the beneficial impact this has had on those depending on the work of the charity.
Contact details: email@example.com
Sailor's Society - Becky Haldane
HELPING SEAFARERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. Our chaplains help seafarers and their families, from all faiths and none, with welfare and practical support. We visit ships in ports and talk with seafarers away from home for up to a year at a time; we help them get in touch with much missed loved ones and access medical treatment; we liaise with frightened families when seafarers are kidnapped by terrorists or imprisoned, mostly through no fault of their own; and we build homes and schools and provide grants to bring hope and security to seafaring communities.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site:- www.sailors-society.com
"Owl - Magic" The Ayrshire Owl & Raptor Centre
Owl Magic is the largest travelling owl display team in Scotland and based in Ayrshire.
They would be delighted to provide a speaker to talk about the centre and the various events and displays they can provide
Contact Details: email@example.com or call David on 07821 658550; Web Site:- www.owl-magic.com
Newlands Junior School - Douglas Clark
Newlands Junior School is a unique project in which those who may be having issues with the normal school curriculum are selected to go through a challenging two year programme which allows them to move forward into new roles and regularly also apprenticeships.
Douglas Clark of Paisley Callants is one of the teaching staff at the school who will reflect on its past, present and potential future achievements.
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Autistic Society - Karron Kent
Karron is the Fundraising Officer for the National Autistic Society (NAS)
in Scotland. The National Autistic Society is the UK's leading charity
for autistic people and their families, providing information, support
and pioneering services, and campaigning for a better world for people
affected by autism.
She would love to visit any of the clubs within our district to
offer your members an understanding of autism, our work and how the
lives of autistic people and their families can be greatly improved
Karron can be contacted as follows :- T: 0141 285 7112 E: email@example.com
Action for Children - Stuart Lawrie
Stuart Lawrie is Scotland's Community Fundraiser for one of the country's leading children's charities - Action for Children Scotland (formerly NCH - National Children's Home). He is responsible for raising awareness of their work in local communities across the country, often speaking with community groups, school pupils, church congregations etc.
He is keen to reach out to as many Rotarian's as possible to raise awareness of their cause, as well as raising awareness of what they do to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in our local communities.
Community Fundraiser Scotland
Action for Children
City Park, 368 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3AU
Tel No: 0141 550 9022 / Mobile: 07715 043 736
Chris Dinwoodie - Magician
Chris Dinwoodie is a champion magician, specialising in close up magic and also an entrepreneur who provides an absolutely fascinating (and at times baffling!) presentation on how he opted for and has gained continuing success in his chosen profession…
web site: www.topclassmagician.co.uk
contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07732147345
Principal Librarian for Children and Young People
Margaret Houston, a former Dennistoun Rotary member,is Principal Librarian for Children and Young People and was recently named Librarian of the Year by the UK Publisher’s Circle. She is willing to talk of her role in improving the literacy levels of Glasgow’s youngest citizens as well as her role as the main contact between the library service and residents of Barlinnie prison
She can be contacted at: email@example.com
Barry Adams Strump - Medical Murders
Govan member, Barry Adams Strump is willing to speak to clubs on the subject of "Medical Murders". Barry can be contacted on 0141 637 7284 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit
Following the excellent presentation made by Karyn McCluskey at the 2014 District Conference , the following speakers are available to clubs:-
- Will Linden (Email - Will.Linden@vruscotland.pnn.police.uk) Will specialises in Violence reduction and will cover the initiatives which were highly successful in Strathclyde and have now been rolled out across Police Scotland
- Iain Murray (Email -Iain.Murray@vruscotland.pnn.police.uk) The specific responsibility covered by Iain in the Violence Reduction Unit is to get ex-offenders into work while he has also involvement in the Edinburgh Tattoo annually
- Christine Goodall (Email - Christine.email@example.com) Christine is a Maxillo facial surgeon who set up Medics against Violence and who carries out a considerable amount of work with the Violence Reduction Unit - the web site for Medics against Violence makes for fascinating reading
- Keith Jack (Email - Keith.Jack@vruscotland.pnn.police.uk) Keith’s involvement is in working in communities to reduce the level of violence there. By all accounts he has carried out remarkable work in these in changing attitudes and outlook
Alastair Stewart (Samaritans)
in a member of Clydebank Rotary and is a volunteer with the Samaritans.
He will be pleased to represent them as a speaker to Clubs. He can be
contacted on 0141 776 3949 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Action on Hearing
Adam Kelly is Fundraising Manager of Action on Hearing Loss, a charity dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of hearing loss as well to ensuring that there is greater appreciation of this affliction. The work of the charity and its projects can best be appreciated on www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk and Adam, can be contacted on 0141 341 5344 or 07733896388. His email is email@example.com
Leila Khan is a Life Mastery and Leadership Expert. She is a teacher of Languages and Metaphysics, author of My Little Red Book of Wisdoms and (soon to be published) 101+ Ways to Overcome Almost Anything. She is also a Personal and Business Development Coach. Leila is a dynamic and enthusiastic speaker about many topics, such as positive mental health, connection between your wealth and self-worth, universal laws, living a life of purpose and contribution, overcoming adversity and realising your dreams. Contact her on 0800 689 0383 m: 0751 412 6787 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.litlifecoaching.com
Maggie's Cancer Care Services
Maggie’s Cancer Care is a unique
charity which offers essential support and beautifully designed
environment for men and women affected by cancer. They are warm friendly
places where people can speak openly about their cancer. Family and
friends are also welcome to access information, practical advice and
emotional support not only during their loved ones’ cancer treatment but
later when help may be needed. All of the existing Centres are situated
beside an NHS Cancer Hospital and have been designed to be as
non-institutional as possible.
If you would like further information or a speaker please contact Drew Hughes of the Barrhead Rotary Club: email: email@example.com
George English - Family History
George English of Kilmarnock Rotary is a professional genealogist with many years of experience of genealogical research in Scotland, UK and other parts of the world. He has spoken at national conferences and published genealogical work in UK, Europe and USA. George specialises in bringing ancestors to life through the social and historical background of the times they lived in. His talks are typically tailored to include examples for the local area. George can be contacted at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01290 559036
CRNS - Scotland's National Reuse, Repair & Recycling Charity
Tony Murray is Projects Officer for CRNS which is a charity involved in recyclycling and who can be contacted on email@example.com and 01786 469002 . CRNS is a membership body for community organisations managing waste
resources at a local level through recycling, reuse, composting, waste
reduction and waste education activities. In addition to providing
information and advice to both existing and emerging community
The Great Tapestry of Scotland
The Great Tapestry of Scotland has been one of the most ambitious projects of recent times. Just speak with anyone who has seen it on display and they will express total amazement at all aspects of this fantastic venture. Sue Whitaker, one of those who contributed to the Tapestry is pleased to develop further on the Tapestry as a whole and her own contribution to it and she can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
PDG Alex Blair is a past president
of "Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society". He was also the
Editor of the society's magazine for a number of years. He is willing to
talk about two of his research subjects: "Admiral Lord Cochrane, Earl
of Dundonald" or "The Ardrossan, Paisley, Glasgow Canal".
Contact Details: 07971617909, or email@example.com
McLean is a Beekeeper who ( runs Kelvin Valley Honey which produces
honey and makes beeswax products,an acknowledged expert with a wealth
of information and self taught experience in these areas. She would be
happy to talk to clubs on honey which she describes as “as natural as
nature intended” or beekeeping. Her contact details are 01236 820537 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org . Although Heather is delighted to speak to groups
about her experiences she is extremely busy during May to September and has only limited availability during this time.
The Sunday Post ... our part in the story
Jill Scott was a journalist for 25 years. She and Bill Hicks are happy to come along to a club and discuss the people they have met and the places they have visited when they worked as journalists with the "Sunday Post". Jill can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Meningitis Reasearch Foundation
The Meningitis Reaseach Foundation's vision is a world free from meningitis and septicaemia. Millions of people have already been affected by meningitis and septicaemia in the UK, Ireland and around the world. They are devastating diseases which can kill and seriously disable in hours.
But the sad fact is meningitis and septicaemia kill around 1,000 people around the world every day. Every single day one person dies in the UK and Ireland alone. Babies and children under five and young people are especially vulnerable but anyone of any age can be affected.
If you would like to hear more about their work and research then contact Ashleigh Hunt, MRF Information Officer on 0131 510 2345 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aberlour Children's Charity
Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and they provide help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year. They provide services all across Scotland from Elgin to Stranraer and Prestwick to Prestonpans.
If you would like to find out more about their activities then contact Morag McGowan on 07730 193675 or email email@example.com
Ian Dale - "How to poison your ................."
Ian Dale of the Rotary Club of Glasgow is an honorary lecturer in Forensic Medicine and Science at Glasgow University who is happy to talk on “How to poison your ...... He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward H. Chisnall - Author, Broadcaster, Historian and Artist
Author, broadcaster, historian and artist Edward H. Chisnall can offer a wealth of knowledge of Glasgow and much further afield. He, for instance, wrote the award-winning " Bell in the Tree" radio series and is willing to share his experiences in and stories of the city of yesteryear as well as the many other adventures which have formed part of his fascinating career"
Edward can be contacted on 0141 942 2637 or by email; email@example.com
Scotland’s Magician, Scott Cuthbertson is happy to provide the background to his somewhat unusual occupation and the magical journey which has resulted in his performing to a wide range of audiences . Contact Scott@scotlandsmagician.com or O7747 978 661 Scott’s web site is www.scotlandsmagician.com
Leuchie House is an independent charity which provides high quality respite breaks with 24-hour expert nursing care for people and their families living with long-term physical conditions, such as MS, stroke, Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's, Motor Neurone Disease and cerebral palsy. They are happy to provide speakers to clubs and can be contacted on 01620 692864 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
JDFR - Type 1 Diabetes Charity
No one can appreciate the effect of Type 1 Diabetes on families unless they have lived with it. This charity's speakers present their own poignant stories with total sincerity and are willing to come to clubs to talk of just what life is like when you have a member of the family who suffers from this illness. They can be contacted on email@example.com or on 07790572188
Although he retired from legal practice in the late 1990s, Len Murray still acts as a consultant to his former firm and has been described as “the most respected solicitor of his generation” Having forsaken the gown and the well of the court, he has become one of the country's most highly regarded after-dinner speakers He brought Antanas Gecas, Nazi criminal to justice and talks of his experiences in this connection. If you would like Len to speak at your club dinner then he can be contacted on 0141 563 9624 or contact him via his website www.lenmurray.co.uk
Would your club like to find out more about RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and the District 1230 Camp that was held for the first time in July ? Perhaps you might wish to sponsor a candidate for the 2014 Camp ? If you wish to hear about RYLA then contact Gillian Matthews from the District Youth Service Committe.
Gillian can be contacted on 0141 884 6948 or you can email her at Gillian.firstname.lastname@example.org
A former executive in the lace industry based in Newmilns and happy to talk about the industry and its impact on the area. He can be emailed at email@example.com
Dr Jon Cossar
A retired doctor with a range of prepared talks including one on David Livingstone, he brings all of his own equipment, can talk for up to 50 minutes but happy to tailor to requirements. He can be contacted on 0141 942 8262 or email him at j firstname.lastname@example.org
West of Scotland Stammering Network
The West of Scotland Stammering Network would be willing to provide local speakers related to this often neglected area .remember “The King’s Speech”. It so happens that Glasgow is the only place in Scotland with an active self help group and an excellent adult NHS speech therapy service. Contact should be made with James Stewart at: email@example.com or 07803 183729
Norrie Flowers runs Independent Humanist Ceremonies proving services for non-religious weddings, affirmations, babynamings, and funerals and would be happy to talk about how and why he became involved in this area of operation. His web page is www.humanist-ceremonies.org Contact details 07971593873 and 0800 014 8342 He is also a rofessional speaker on the after dinner circuit
Polio - National Immunistaion Days November 2012
Several members of Govan Rotary and their wives attended the recent Polio National Immunisation Days in India last November. They are willing to come along to any club and tell you about their experiences. If interested then contact either President George Wills (01505 706 437) or Secretary Barry Adams-Strump (0141 637 7284)
Scottish Association of Local Sports Clubs
Dilawer Singh, who is a rotarian in our District is also the Events Director for the Scottish Association of Local Sports Clubs which advises that it is providing national support for local sport. He would be happy to comr along and speak to any club. Dilawer's contact details are :- 07974964084 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Brough is a member of Hamilton Rotary Club and is available to speak to clubs on the subject of Care Fees Planning. He is a specialist in this area of financial services and can be contacted as follows:-
Steve.Brough@sjpp.co.uk or 07888 309051
CVQO provides opportunities for young people and volunteering adults to improve their prospects in education and work through vocational qualifications.
Set up in 2001, the charity is now extending this offering from the MOD uniformed cadet movement to other youth organisations like St John Ambulance, the Prince’s Trust, Police Cadets, Fire Service and others outside the UK. If you would like a speaker to visit your club then contact Jeanne Paterson, Community Network & Fundraising Manager email@example.com
Jim Watson would be happy to talk about Thomas Muir of Huntershill, the Father of Scottish Democracy. The web site www.thomasmuir.co.uk gives an appreciation of elements of Muir’s fascinating life Jim's contact number is 07980 767666
Trevor operates Trade Right International in Greenock. He is a charismatic speaker who gives an impressive speech about his activities to create sustainable employment in Ghana and his plans to provide supported employment for people who have undergone treatment for addictions in Scotland.
His contact details are:-
Office Number : 01475 786059
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Cohen who is now 21 and runs his own successful business has a number of topics such as “Staring a business at 13” and “Being 21 and employing people twice your age” He is available on: email@example.com with the web site www.prcrbusiness.co.uk and telephone 0141 644 8960
Jill Scott was a journalist for 25 years and more recently was co-author of the book Glasgow ’s Grand Central Hotel in which the fascinating story of Glasgow ’s best loved hotels is told in words and many fascinating pictures
Journalist Grace, has taken the slogan “People Make Glasgow”
and amended it somewhat. “Glasgow Makes People Welcome”
is perhaps more appropriate for the West end based club which provides
the opportunity for those coming to the city from abroad for
whatever reason to share their experiences. Grace is willing to speak to
clubs on this highly successful and totally unique initiative”
She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Kennedy established the magazine “Businesswomen in Scotland ” which has developed into a major networking arrangement as well as the publication of Scotland ’s only magazine specifically designed for ladies in the world of business and commerce
0141 332 8801 www.bwisltd.co.uk or email@example.com
David Cation's hobby is photography and he has developed this into a business, Cation Photography.
He is willing to come round to clubs to give them an appreciation of the images which he has developed mainly from around Scotland.
The contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Morgan of Relate or to give it its official name Relationship Scotland Couple Counsellng, Glasgow can talk of the work carried out by this charity in assisting those who seek assistance, guidance and support in connection with their relationships and how the problems of the current economic situation can impact in many ways on these. The contact is: email@example.com
or 0141 248 5249
Scottish Mining Museum
Bob McDonald, a former President of the Rotary Club of Dennistoun, earlier in his career, spent a good many years in management roles in the national coal industry. His presentation covers his own experience in the mining industry as well as introducing the Scottish Mining Museum which is based at Newtongrange Mid Lothian. Contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 647 6900
Scottish Cot Death Trust
The Scottish Cot Death Trust was founded in 1985 and has three main aims:
- To improve and extend the support for bereaved families
- To raise funds for research into the cause(s) of cot death
- To educate the public and health care professionals about cot death and ways of reducing the risks
The Trust is the only cot death charity in Scotland. Speakers can be arranged by contacting :-
Scottish Cot Death Trust
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
GLASGOW G3 8SJ
Tel: 0141 357 3946
Gordon is a Past President of Allander Rotary and is very involved with a charity called "Kidney Kids Scotland". He would be happy to visit any club in the district to explain exactlly what the charity does to help children. Gordon can be contacted as follows:-
Telephone: 0141 955 0180
Address: 81 Finlay Rise, MILGAVIE, G62 6QL
Alex Lochrie gives talks about his unusual career which went from graphic illustrator and advertising manager of Scotland's largest department store group, to being a Police Officer / Forensic Scene of Crime Examiner, to serving in the French Foreign Legion for 11 years having joined at the tender young age of 38.
His career is subject of a biography and he now writes novels which sell worldwide. Alex can be contacted as follows:-
Telephone: 01292 311855
Address: 51 Ayr Street, TROON KA10 6EB
Gary Ennis is Managing Director of NS Design which is involved in all aspects of Web Design but, in particular, social networking and the benefits which can come from involvement there. His contact details are email@example.com
John has written several books about HMS Dasher. Nearly 400 navy personnel drowned or were burned to death when HMS Dasher exploded off Arran in March, 1943. There were 149 survivors but, in spite of a high-level inquiry, they were never told what caused the disaster. John has indicated his willingness to speak to any Rotary Club. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Gillian Dick won the Young Business of the Year award in 2010 and has started the business which is www.findmeglasgow.com
She has indicated her willingness to speak to any Rotary Club her number being 0141 353 9327
Stephen Brown is the cofounded of the 'Positive Women' Charity and they work and support exceptional women in Africa to take control of their own futures. There is never a more inspiring or humbling experience than meeting the exceptional women of Africa. Women's access to resources and power in these countries is practically non-existent and so have the burden of survival placed heavily upon them and their families.
In the face of all these challenges exceptional women emerge and change their lives and the world around them. If Africa is to progress, women will need to be front and centre of its development. They are working, already with women in Swaziland to establish women in local communities as leaders. They help them secure their rights, create small enterprises and support their children through education.
They work with these exceptional women to ensure that they are supported in the amazing work they already undertake. They will help through improving efficiencies and management and ensuring sustainable funding based on need.
They are looking for individuals and organisations that are able to support them to make a real impact and a huge difference. They would love to come and talk to Clubs about the work they undertake and Stephen can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Further information can be found on the website Positive Women
Scottish Huntington's Association
St James Business Centre, Linwood Road, Paisley, PA33AT
The Scottish Huntington's Association would like the opportunity to visit your club to tell your members about Huntington's disease, and the effect this devastating illness has on around 6,000 people in Scotland today. We will tell you about the lifeline we offer to sufferers and their families and how we bring hope to their lives.
To book a speaker, please contact Joan on 0141 848 0308 , or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Duffy is a retired Police Officer who served with the Strathclyde Police Force between December 1975 and May 2007. Prior to retirement Jim held the rank of Inspector and the position of Chairman of the Strathclyde Police Federation Joint Branch Board.
Before retiring from the Police service he argued for the legalisation of all currently illegal drugs as, in his view , the War against Drugs will never be won in the current climate of prohibition. Since his retirement he has become a member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition)an american based organisation, comprising of many serving and former law enforcement agents and prosecutors who believe that the only way to deal with the menace of drugs is to take control of them through legalisation.
Jim is a member of the Rotary club of Loudoun and can be contacted on 07912 419748 .
Graeme Smith - Theatre Royal
Graeme Smith has written books on the Theatre Royal and the Alhambra. He would be happy to talk about the book and theatre. he can be contacted on email@example.com
Colin McKeand runs Nutri-tox and talks on health and wellbeing...being quite an expert there. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01324 823664
History of the Highway Code
John McIlhagger, President of East Kilbride Kittoch, is a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in Traffic Engineering who operates his own consultancy. He is willing to talk on the “History of the Highway Code” which includes a short quiz on the subject and “The Goodwood Festival of Speed”.
Contact details: 07831 111 732 or at email@example.com
"Gathering the Voices"
Speakers are available to present information on those who sought refuge in Scotland to escape Nazi racism, most, though not all being Jewish. Web site: www.gatheringthevoices.com.
Contact with speakers can come through Steven Anston on 07828527864 email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Panoptican Music Hall
When Janet Muir volunteered to assist at Glasgow's own Britannia Panoptican Music Hall she never realised that her great great uncle Harry Braham, a comic vocalist and actor, had appeared there in 1880. The result? Janet has now written a fascinating book "Masks and Faces" on the life of her internationally acclaimed relative's adventures throughout the UK, Australia and America.
Janet can be contacted on 0141 771 1149, 07817474906
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gloria Murray, Accountant, Speaker, Writer
Gloria is MD of Murray Associates Accountants and is called by her clients the Queen of Profit. She can speak on wide variety of business topics, the most popular one being on Pricing and how this can transform your profits.She is also one of the few Permaculture Accountants in the UK and uses Permaculture principles in business. Gloria has also won awards for her innovative approach to customer service.
Contact Details: Murray Associates Accountants Ltd, Business First, Linwood Point, Paisley PA1 2FB,
0141 889 4247, or Gloria@murrayassoc.co.uk
Dr Irene O'Brien - The Mitchell Library
Dr.Irene O’Brien is the Senior Archivist at the Mitchell Library. Obviously, therefore. Irene has an unparalleled access to a wealth of information on all aspects of the City and its lifestyle and is willing to talk about Early Glasgow, Glasgow's War or Family History at the Mitchell Library.
Contact details are 0141 287 2908 or email email@example.com