East Renfrewshire Leisure and Culture Trust is led by a Board comprising independent members and Elected Member Trustees.
Andrew Allan is a local resident and a Chartered Accountant. Formerly a partner in both Ernst and Young and Arthur Andersen, Andrew's financial expertise is focused on corporate strategy, investment, mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a non-executive with Endava, an international IT services company recently listed on the New York stock exchange. Amongst other roles Andrew has been CFO of a €1bn revenue telecommunications multi-national business. Andrew is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure.
Rob Crusher, a resident of East Renfrewshire, was recently appointed to a new position as Commercial Manager with ENGIE Urban Energy Ltd, developing district energy schemes with private and public sector partners. Rob was previously Regional Director with Veolia UK & Ireland, a provider of energy, utilities, water, waste, facilities and other industrial services to industry, business and public sector customers across Scotland and Northern England, where he led a £40 million turnover business unit, part of £23bn global market leader with experience developing, managing and operating £multi-million contracts in various business and commercial sectors. Rob also has 15 years Non-Executive Director experience and has been a volunteer business coach and mentor in the third sector.
Provost Jim Fletcher represents Giffnock and Thornliebank. Formerly with the Ministry of Defence, Jim served on the Board of the Scottish Futures Trust and was Leader of East Renfrewshire Council until 2017. Jim is Chair of the Civic Hospitality Committee, is one of the Chairs of the Education Appeals Committee and sits on the Audit and Scrutiny Committee, Planning Applications Committee and the Local Review Body.
Councillor Barbara Grant represents Newton Mearns South and Eaglesham, and has been a local councillor in East Renfrewshire since 1988. She is Vice-Chair of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee, and sits on the East Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board. A member of Eastwood Rotary Club, before entering politics Barbara worked in the retail sector.
Professor Jarvie, Chair of Sport at Edinburgh University, has considerable experience of leading on a Trust Board and a demonstrable track record in securing external funding. He has extensive operational experience including the management of highly successful integrated sports and leisure developments at various universities and has been heavily involved in leading significant change programmes.
Mr Larkin is Joint Secretary of the Trade Unions and Secretary of Unison. He brings excellent experience of employee relations and considerable financial knowledge, and an first-class knowledge of East Renfrewshire Council and the operation of our services.
Councillor Colm Merrick has represented Giffnock and Thornliebank since 2017, and is Convener for Community Services and Community Safety. He sits on the Board of the East Renfrewshire Renewable Energy Fund, and the Renfrewshire Educational Trust.
Since graduating from Queen's University in Mathematics and Computing, Colm has extensive experience in the private sector with employers both large and small and across a range of industries including Defence, Financial services, Banking, Manufacturing, etc. Latterly Colm has worked as a Project Manager with Capita.
Councillor Paul O'Kane has been a local councillor since 2012, and represents Newton Mearns North and Neilston. He is a Deputy Leader of the Council and Convener for Education and Equalities. Amongst other roles he is Chair of the Education Committee, and Vice Chair of the Community Planning Board.
As well as being a Trustee of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, Paul sits on the East Renfrewshire Integration Joint Board, East Renfrewshire Renewable Energy Fund, The Renfrewshire Educational Trust, and SEEMIS. He is Chair of the Neilston War Memorial Association. Paul also works for ENABLE Scotland, Scotland's leading learning disability charity.
Dr. Noreen Q. Siddiqui, a resident of East Renfrewshire, is currently a Senior Lecturer in Marketing with the Department of Business Management, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University. Dr Siddiqui completed her PhD in the area of internet retailing, and teaches a range of modules on post graduate and undergraduate levels. Areas of research interest include digital marketing, internet retailing, consumer consumption of technology and the 55+ shopper. She is also an Ambassador for Anthony Nolan, the blood cancer charity.
Formerly a museum curator, Anthony has managed local and regional museums and galleries. He has also led a number of capital projects in the arts and heritage sector. These include the Scottish Football Museum (2000), and two shortlisted for the Museum of the Year award: the award-winning Kelvingrove New Century Project (2006), and the Centre for New Enlightenment (2007), an innovative education and outreach programme for young people. Kelvingrove was the largest lottery-funded project in Scottish history, later surpassed by the Riverside Museum (European Museum of the Year, 2013), for which Anthony led the fundraising campaign.
Before joining East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, he was Director of Development at the University of Hull, securing the largest philanthropic donation in the University's 90 year history to build a £25m medical school building. He was a director of Hull2017 UK City of Culture, and has been a director of one of the largest leisure trusts in the country, Glasgow Life, and of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Chartered Management Institute, and is currently a director of Hull Truck Theatre and Chair of VOCAL, the association for culture and leisure managers in Scotland.