James is a Co-Production Officer for Paisley Museum Re-Imagined, responsible for ensuring and advocating Paisley Museum Re-Imagined enables co-production and collaborations with people. With a background in Marketing and Communications, he has previously worked in marketing roles at Hull City Council and the National Galleries of Scotland as well as engagement roles at Hull Museums and Hull UK City of Culture 2017. James joined the STAR Board in October 2019.
Joe worked in both the public and private sector for 25 years before moving in to the third sector, where he worked for 18 years. During his career he has covered contract, training, personnel and operations management. In addition, while working in Renfrewshire during his third sector career, he was involved in social enterprise development, community engagement, volunteer recruitment (both individuals and employers) and management of a variety of grant aided programmes designed to support and develop community organisations. He also played a key representative and dissemination role in the development of Health and Social Care, Employability Partnership initiatives, a national Equality Partnership for the third sector and Anti-Poverty projects. Joe continues to be passionate about developing the knowledge and involvement of local people to ensure communities can be more involved and empowered; having their voices heard in order to achieve recognition with regards local decision making that effects their lives. Joe joined the STAR Project Board in March 2020. Joe is currently Chair of STAR Project
Kate is a community artist and designer, with over 25 years of experience of working with people in a range of community settings. Kate is currently Creative Community Builder for The Pyramid at Anderston, Glasgow - where she works at a grass roots level with the people and organisations in this incredible ‘village-in-a-city’ community in Glasgow. Between 2018 -2021 Kate within the Arts Team at Renfrewshire Council - developing and delivering the community and visual arts strands of the Future Paisley programme (2021 City of Culture bid legacy). She makes inspirational place-based work in the public realm and devises imaginative, inclusive and meaningful community projects that bring people together. Her creative practice is informed by a genuine interest in people, their stories and experiences and connective, place-based creativity. Kate is passionate about developing work with narrative and meaning rooted in a sense of place, history, memory and belonging; and strongly believes in creating opportunities for people to enjoy and participate in welcoming, accessible and meaningful creative experiences. Kate joined the Board September 2021.
Lesley has been active in the Renfrewshire community for many years, establishing many groups and charities all with a shared vision of helping families to be the best they can be. She has built and designed play parks in Linwood and Johnstone and is also recognised as a Social Entrepreneur representing the third sector in focus groups that include Scottish Government and local Government. Her day job is Child Care Manager in a Social Enterprise called KLAS Care of which she is the co-founder. Lesley is the proud recipient of two Renfrewshire Provost Awards and carried the Queens baton during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
George has worked in banking since 1975. His current role includes coaching and mentoring other staff. He also is a problem solver, helping develop processes where the current system requires amending. He has also been an active union member, serving on various committees, including equal opportunities. In later life he obtained a BA in philosophy through the Open University. During this time, he served on Committees of the OU Student Association. These included hosting events for new students and taking part in regular meetings with the senior staff in OU Scotland. A member of the Council of the Paisley Philosophical Institution since 2016, George has been programme secretary and secretary and is currently the President. This role involves arranging speakers and introducing the talks. Since being introduced to the STAR Project and seeing their impact on the community, he wishes to assist in whatever way he can. George joined the Board in June 2023.
Sharon qualified as a social worker over 30 years ago and has worked in variety of jobs, mainly in Local Authorities, including Renfrewshire Council for over 20 years, and also in the 3rd sector. During her career she had had operational, learning and development and strategic responsibilities within children and families’ work. She worked at CELCIS (Scotland’s centre for excellence for children’s care and protection) at the University of Strathclyde to establish the Protecting Children Programme and at Scottish Government as a Social Work Adviser. She currently works with Social Work Scotland as the Protecting Children Policy and Practice Adviser.
Sharon has had a particular interest in ensuring that the voices of those with lived experience are central to the development of policy and practice and has worked to ensure that the principles of equality and respect are at the centre of her work. Sharon joined the STAR Project Board in June 2023.