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 is Director of the Scottish Civic Trust.

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 provides administrative support within the Trust on a part-time basis.

She 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

Godsal is curently managing 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 is Diverse Heritage Project Officer.

Jen 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.

Elaine Richardson, Senior Project Officer, My Place Mentoring

Elaine is Senior Project Officer for our My Place Mentoring programme.

Elaine is an architect and began her career in architectural practise in Glasgow before moving to local authority to work on a variety of community projects. In 2004 Elaine joined Midlothian Council where she worked as Conservation and Town Centres officer developing town centre heritage regeneration projects (such as Townscape Heritage Initiatives and Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes) in Dalkeith, Gorebridge and Peniucik. During her time with Midlothian Elaine also undertook the role of local area Doors Open Day co-ordinator.

Elaine works Monday to Friday (1.30pm finish on a Thursday afternoon)

Amanda Gavin, Communications and Events Officer

Amanda works as the Communications and Events Officer for the Trust.

She first joined the Trust in 2017 as a Doors Open Days Project Intern and has since graduated with an MSc from the University of Glasgow’s History department.

Amanda works Monday-Friday.