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 members 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 - Civic Connections Officer

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.

Jamie McNamara - Senior Project Officer, My Place Mentoring

Jamie holds a Post Grad Diploma in Applied Building Repair plus an MA in Conservation. He has worked with the conservation of canals, churches and within the traditional skills area. Jamie has worked on historic regeneration schemes and managing building repair grants.

He is a full and active member of the IHBC along with being the current Chairperson of SPAB Scotland.

Jamie works Monday-Friday.

Erin Burke - Communications and Events Officer

She first 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. Erin is also a MSc Museum Education candidate at the University of Glasgow.

Erin works Monday-Friday.