Third Sector Fair 2023 Waterdrop

Third Sector Fair
Wednesday, 1 March 2023
Wolfson Medical Building, Atrium, 11:00–14:00

Would you like to work for a charitable organisation?

If you are a student or graduate interested in working in the Third Sector, come along and:

  • chat to a variety of organisations about what they do
  • find out about any current roles
  • learn how you could make an impact
  • get inspired further and talk to UofG graduates who have 'been there and done that.'

Read on to find out what organisations are attending this event and to book your place.

Meet UofG Graduates

Visit the Mentor tent between 11:00-13:00/14:00 and meet UofG graduates for further insight. Hear first-hand how they got where they are today and get advice and information that could help youWe are pleased to confirm:

Gerry Lindsay, Chief Executive Officer, hansel (1100-14:00)

Studied Bachelor of Accountancy, graduated 1985

Gerry Graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree, thereafter, joining a medium-sized accountancy practice and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

Gerry spent 12 years with the same CA firm, then leaving an Audit Manager position to develop his career out with the profession.  However, this first career phase delivered a breadth of experience, both in auditing and providing consultancy services to a range of businesses; from owner-managed to PLCs, across a number of sectors including construction, manufacturing, retail and housing.  The opportunity also arose for Gerry to spend the latter 5 years in a split role, providing accounting services to Scottish Enterprise in addition to maintaining audit management responsibility for a broad portfolio of clients.

Recognising that his interests lay in service provision and people, Gerry took on the Finance Manager role for a charity based in Glasgow with a large volunteer presence across Scotland.  After three years there, he then moved to his current charity employer in April 2000, recruited into the position of Finance Director, with a later switch to Managing Director (now CEO title) in 2012. 

The organisation he has now been with for the last 23 years is Hansel, a leading social care charity based in Ayrshire which provides care and support services, including employment opportunities, for people with additional support needs.  Predominantly working for people with learning difficulties, or living with autism, the Hansel organisation through its 400 team members and volunteers makes a positive difference in people’s lives. 

Whilst there is tremendous variety in the job, the overriding focus is to deploy business-like disciplines alongside our charitable values, to ensure the quality of support provided is matched by organisational sustainability.  Although not an expected or planned career destination, it is proving to be a thoroughly rewarding one, with many aspects linking back to what was learned in gaining his degree from the university of Glasgow all those years ago!

Pauline Vallance, Youth Worker (11:00-13:00)

Studied M.A. (Hons) in Psychology, graduated 1980

Pauline graduated un 1980 with an M.A. (Hons) in Psychology. Other subjects studied were Music, Drama and Moral Philosophy.

She then did a Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Work at Manchester Polytechnic. Pauline then worked for many years in the Youth Work Field, in a variety of jobs, from managing a Youth Centre to running groupwork programmes for young people under Social Work supervision. One of her favourite jobs was Health Development Worker, as part of the Health Promoting Schools initiative. She then worked in the Home Link Service.
After a few years working for a mental health charity, Pauline decided on a complete change of career and set up as a Singer/Songwriter and clarsach player. Some of her songs reflect on situations she encountered in her 'other' life and generally, she is enjoying the new experiences as a musician, the foundation of which was laid at the University of Glasgow!

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In this guide, you'll find event details and information about exhibitors to help you make the most of your time at the fair.

Third Sector Fair 2023 Guide


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