Our Staff

The work of the Scottish Civic Trust is carried out by a team of eight people, working out of our offices in the Tobacco Merchant’s House in Glasgow.  Find out more about our staff below:

Susan O'Connor - Director

Susan comes from a long career in heritage project management, and has a particular interest in mentoring community groups to take forward their own regeneration projects. Previous to taking up the role of Director of the Trust, Susan worked for the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, where she spearheaded the Govanhill Baths refurbishment scheme.

Susan is an architectural historian by training and has a PhD in the architecture of Scottish Town Halls.

Karen MacLeod - Administration Assistant & PA to the Director

Karen joined the Trust in November 2011 after spending a number of years as a stay-at-home mum.

Prior to this she worked in an administrative role in a variety of organisations and sectors.  Karen is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde.

Karen works mornings, until 12.30pm.

Nicola Godsal - Project Officer, Doors Open Days and My Place Photography Competition

Godsal graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s Environmental Art department in 2002. She has worked on many projects in the creative and heritage sectors in Scotland, including with NVA, Maid of the Loch, Kelvingrove Bandstand, and Glendale Women’s Café. She is passionate about community, about creating opportunities for people, and about broadening experiences for all.

Godsal works 4 days per week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Dr Jennifer Novotny - Project Officer, Diverse Heritage

Jen works for the Trust as the Diverse Heritage Project Officer. She is an historian and archaeologist. Her heritage projects include the University of Glasgow’s First World War centenary commemorations, the Erskine Centenary Community Project, and ‘Justice Not Charity Was Their Cry’ in partnership with Disability History Scotland. She cares deeply about public history / heritage and making the past accessible to all.

Jen works 3 days per week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Charlotte Porter - Office Administrator

Charlotte works Monday – Friday, 9.00-12.30.

Sarah Kettles - Senior Project Officer, My Place Mentoring

Sarah Kettles has been working in the heritage sector in Scotland for over 17 years. For the last 4 years Sarah has been working as a freelance heritage consultant, trading as Sarah Kettles Conservation. Prior to this, one of her key roles was that of project manager for the City of Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative in Angus.

She is a full member of Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation, has a postgraduate degree in European Urban Conservation from the University of Dundee and is a trustee of Built Environment Forum of Scotland.

Erin Burke - Communications and Events Officer

Erin joined the Trust in June 2019 as a Doors Open Days Project Intern and has now taken up a full time post as the Communications and Events Officer. She holds a BA in Postcolonial History from Colgate University in New York, and an MSc in Museum Education from the University of Glasgow. Erin has previously worked as a Volunteer Organiser at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and the Audience Development and Outreach Assistant at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. She has a passion for inclusive and engaging communications.

Erin works Monday-Friday.

Laura Paton - Digital Content Officer

Laura joined the Trust in August of 2020 to provide digital support for Doors Open Days 2020 and develop content for social media channels. Laura is completing her MSc in Museum Education with the University of Glasgow and her research is focussed on museums’ social media responses to COVID-19. Laura previously completed an internship with GoMA, where she researched the digital and physical accessibility of Glasgow Museums’ Autism Friendly programming. She is passionate about creating digital spaces which encourage participation and is driven to widen access to Scotland’s built environment.

Laura works Wednesday, 1.30pm-5pm & Thursday-Friday, 9am-5pm.