Our board consists of the Trustee’s and Office Bearers, who are also ordinary members. We meet regularly to make strategic & operation decisions, discuss partnerships, apply for funding and act in the best interests of our members and the shed.
TRUSTEE & ChairJohn Cook
John is a retired prison officer and interested in activities that enable the transfer of skills and improve the self-esteem and confidence of people. He has a number of years of experience of managing groups that developed and delivered learning opportunities to a diverse group of individuals with specific experience of the operation of large scale joinery workshop and machinery.
TRUSTEE & Vice Chair Margaret Moyse
Margaret has been nursing for many years and latterly owned a care business with offices throughout Scotland where she developed business experience and enjoyed teaching and training others. She is also a volunteer with the charity Heartstart providing training and has served as a board member with Gateway for 5 years.
Margaret’s hobbies are arts and crafts and the shed offered me a place to meet like minded people and learn new skills.
TRUSTEE & Secretary + Treasurer Bruce Newlands
Bruce is a practising architect with over 20 years experience and has served previously as a trustee to The Glasgow Tools Library and The George Wyllie Foundation. He was a co-founder of MAKLAB, Scotland’s first Open Access Digital Manufacturing Centre and formerly the Technical Director of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.
Bruce currently manages the shed’s Shore Street Community Gardens & Muirshiel Lane Market Garden Projects and is co-ordinating the East Blackhall Street Shed Renovation Project.
Bruce is a founding Trustee of the Inverclyde Shed SCIO
Andy is a retired firefighter who is involved and active with a variety of local community groups. His interests lie in wood carving, pen making and gardening.
Liz teaches numeracy part time at West College Scotland and joined The Shed via our online carving class during lockdown, working with pyrography, carving spoons and wood turning too now with pens and bowls. She runs, does wild swimming and paddle boarding.
Tosca Lahiri runs a thriving web development company with over 25 years experience in the industry and has previously served on the board of two local not-for-profit groups. Tosca is also a professional artist and it is in this role that she discovered the positive impact of “getting your hands dirty” while making things.
Tosca came to The Shed to find a safe place to meet new people and learn new skills. Tosca is interested in supporting the vision of widening access so more people experience the benefits of being part of The Shed.
I am a retired fire fighter and have lived in Inverclyde all my life.
I left the Mount School at age 15 to begin working in Scott’s local shipyard where I served my apprenticeship as a shipwright before leaving, after a period of 12.5 years to join the local authority Fire Service with Strathclyde fire and Rescue as a Fire fighter where I served for a period of 27.5 years before retiring.
My current Interests are in Local community Projects such as the shed, and recently as a keen piper playing Scottish traditional music with Kilbarchan Pipe band.