Our Staff

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

Joe Traynor (he/him) - Director

Joe has a passion for ensuring that heritage is relevant to all of Scotland’s communities through both regeneration and place making. As Head of Museums Development at Museums Galleries Scotland, he led on the development and delivery of Scotland’s National Strategy for Museums and managed the provision of associated areas of support. With extensive experience across the heritage sector, Joe is an advocate of the wider impacts of heritage on the lives of people in Scotland and beyond, whether to increase health and wellbeing, improve educational outcomes or provide inclusive career pathways. He is a Trustee of the Culture, Animal and Active Trusts at the People’s Postcode Lottery, a former Trustee of the Education and Equalities Trusts, a Trustee of Glasgow City Heritage Trust and a Community Councillor for the Springboig and Barlanark areas of Glasgow. He is also a Fellow of the Museums Association, the Royal Society of Arts, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Chartered Institute of Management.

Erin Burke (they/them) - 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 2 days per week as the Trust’s Communications and Events Officer: Monday & Wednesday, 9am – 5pm. They also work 3 days per week as Communications Officer for the Make Your Mark Campaign, which is hosted by the Trust: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Dr Jennifer Novotny (she/her) - Strategy & Development 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.

Phoenix Archer (she/they) - Events Officer, Diverse Heritage

Phoenix Archer is a heritage professional and multidisciplinary artist. She works for a mental health facility and Creative Lives. Phoenix has a history of engaging in the arts, culture and heritage sector in England and Scotland to promote healthy representation. She is a moderator at Queer Heritage Forum, a co-organiser at UnArchaeology and is the Creative Director at Progress in Dialogue. Phoenix runs the Scottish Black Owned and People of Colour Businesses and Opportunities groups. She likes to research diverse ways to increase respectful relationships with all kinds of people and create a more harmonious relationship between humans and the environment. Phoenix loves nature and exploring all things cultural and heritage based.

Phoenix works 3 days per week: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Emily Sherriff (she/her) - Doors Open Days National Coordinator

Emily joined the Trust in August 2021 as Heritage and Administration Officer and in March 2023 took up post as the Project Officer for Doors Open Days. 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 5 days per week: Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Kyle Brooks (she/her) - Communications Officer, Doors Open Days

Kyle joined the Trust as Doors Open Days Communications Officer in July 2022. She holds a BA(Hons) in Events Management with Marketing from the University of the West of Scotland. Having previously worked for a cultural charitable trust, Kyle has experience of raising awareness of internationally recognised Museums and Heritage collections.

Kyle works 2 days per week: Wednesday and Thursday, 9am – 5pm.

Nicola McGrath (she/her) - Administration Officer

Nicola joined the Trust as Administration Officer in April 2023. She has experience working in administration and employability within the third sector and is passionate about supporting organisations and individuals in the local community. For many years Nicola worked in the textiles and fashion industry; she now runs her own sewing business.

Nicola works Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 2pm.