Our Staff

The work of the Scottish Civic Trust is carried out by a team of seven 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.

Emily Sherriff - Heritage and Administration Officer

Emily joined the Trust in August 2021 as Heritage and Administration Officer. She holds a MA(Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of St Andrews and a MPhil in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford. Emily has experience working in libraries, archives, and museums across the UK and Greece, including time spent working on archaeological excavations. She is interested in innovative ways of sharing heritage with wider audiences and encouraging these communities to share their own stories.

Emily works mornings, Monday – Friday, 9am – 1.30pm.

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, 9am – 5pm.

Ruth Oliver - Office Administrator

Ruth is an accountant with extensive experience in industry and charities. She has previously been a Board Member at Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust and Accountant at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. Ruth is passionate about Glasgow and built heritage.

Ruth works Monday and Wednesday, 10am-4pm and Thursday, 10am-1pm.

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. They hold 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.

Erin works 5 days per week: Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Laura Paton - Project Officer, Doors Open Days and My Place Photography Competition

Laura joined the Trust as Digital Content Officer in 2020 and has since taken up a full time post as the Project Officer for Doors Open Days and the My Place Photography Competition. She holds an MA in Classical Civilisations from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Museum Education from the University of Glasgow. Through her work with cultural, charitable and higher education organisations she is experienced in promoting participation and widening access to the built environment.

Laura works 5 days a week: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.