Client focused and inspired by helping others make a difference to their communities Naomi has 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, 9 years of which was in recycling. Her experience has involved being part of a small team developing a new start enterprise to take on major contracts, providing support and developing financial and business support packages for a growing recycling sector and setting up an organisation from scratch to provide support to new start social entrepreneurs across Scotland. She is keen that in ensuring this is done to a high quality and brings business knowledge as well as community experience. Naomi has an already well established work and academic background. In 2007 she gained a scholarship allowing her to gain her MBA from Cranfield University.
In 2011 I took a significant career break both planning and realising an ambition to cycle the world. This trip finished in September 2014 and while I was in the process of establishing myself back in the workplace back in Scotland my mother’s health took a significant downturn and I had to return to England to be her full time carer. I moved back to Scotland on 30th September 2016.
Key career achievements:
1. I led national Scottish charity, Firstport, since its inception in 2007. In that time Firstport grew to reach an annual turnover of £960,000 and had 11 people in the operational team. In that time enquiries rose by almost 300% and an additional £1.5M was attracted to our new start awards programme through Scottish Government support. This enabled us to invest in double the number of new entrants and multiply by 5 the number of grants we provide at a higher level having attracted increased support from the Scottish Government.
2. Gaining a scholarship for my MBA from the Cranfield Trust, graduating in 2007. Cranfield was rated as the top MBA in the UK by The Economist and Wall St Journal. The Executive MBA is a very demanding course undertaken while still in full time employment. Not only was it academically challenging the Cranfield MBA also had a particular focus on personal and team development.
3. Being part of a winning consortium to deliver a £35M fund for community based recycling organisations in England and Wales. Naomi ran the Business support programme alongside this fund – the first time BIG Lottery had funded support at this level alongside their funding programme. In her 6 years at CRN, having started on a temporary contract, Naomi brought in £2M for developing new services and recruited an additional 19 staff.
4. I joined Network Recycling (since been taken over) as a permanent member of staff in 1998 (casual work until then since 1996). In that year this small events recycling company won the contract for Glastonbury festival (200,000 attendees) and other large events. This was a significant growth for the Company and with this came many lessons and experience. As Operations Manager and the third member of the staff team Naomi a crucial role in winning and delivering this contract.
Non-exec board member at Dumfries and Galloway College (from March 2017)
Former Vice-chair of the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition board
Full time carer for mother, December 2014 to December 2015
Cycling the globe (planning and completing trip), December 2011 – September 2014
Executive Director, Firstport, Jan 2007 – November 2011
I appointed as the first Executive Director of Firstport – a registered charity supporting new social entrepreneurs throughout Scotland, providing start up finance and business support. As Executive Director of a small organisation I was responsible not only for developing strategic direction and relationships but also to ensure full oversight of operational activities.
Cranfield placement, IBM, Corporate Citizenship team, Jan 2006 – December 2006
Working on research and implementation plans for the Virtual Business Incubator programme - a new programme looking at developing on line business support and collaboration tools for small and medium business in emerging economies.
Development Manager, CRN UK (Community Recycling Network), 1999 to 2007
CRNUK provides support, advice and representation on behalf of community/not for profit recycling, reuse and composting organisations (In Scotland we worked with CRNS, set up with help from CRNUK). At CRNUK Naomi led both the regional development team (£600K per annum, 8 staff) ,business support team (£300K per annum, 5 staff) and community action based programmes worth around 70% of the total income for the organisation. She also worked on lobbying and representational work for the community recycling sector. A varied role which included programme development, set up and ongoing management and relationship development with a variety of people from grass roots community projects to Cabinet Ministers.
Operations Manager, Network Recycling (July 1996 – September 1999)
Network Recycling was a not for profit business involved In the delivery of recycling services at events, waste analysis and other waste related research. Naomi started with Network Recycling as a casual site manager while studying. In February 1999 I was taken on as Operations Manager. Working with this organisation in its early growth stage has given her both knowledge and experience in small business growth.
Education and qualifications
2014-2015 – Borders College. Distinction gained for courses in Business and LIfe-coaching
2005-2006 – Cranfield University, Exec. MBA having won competitive scholarship from the Cranfield trust
1999-2003 – Open University. Certificate and Diploma in Managment
1996-1997 – Bristol University. MA in Buddhist Studies
1993-1996 – Bristol University. BA (hons) 2:1 Theology and Religious Studies