The Team

Tayberry is a social enterprise registered as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status which is managed by a board of voluntary directors.

Tayberry employs a number of staff members to support the work of the organisation. We deliver a range of activities, volunteer opportunities, trainee roles and supported work placements.




Gillian Funai - Director and Founder

Gillian Funai - Director and Founder

Profile:

Highly Specialised Occupational Therapist – Since 1992 with NHS Tayside in Community Mental Health, working with a number of different organisations across the city across the employability agenda, plus other organisations and projects which prepare clients to re-engage with society.

Degree:
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 1995

Other Honors:
Diploma College Occupational Therapy 1985,
Certified Disability Manager Practitioner 2010

Place of Study:
Glasgow School of Occupational Therapy,
Robert Gordon University,
Glasgow Caledonian University.

Member Since:
2009


Lorna Strachan - Director and Secretary

Lorna Strachan - Director and Secretary

Profile:

Occupational Therapy Team Lead – Since 2013 employed by NHS Tayside Dundee CHP Learning Disability Service as the lead clinician within the clinical speciality of adult learning disability services.

I moved into the specialist of adult learning disabilities in 1996, working across community and hospital based services, taking responsibility for a varied case load including, profound and complex disabilities, rehabilitation and acute inpatient services.

Previously I was employed by Tayside Regional Council Social Work Department, where I gained knowledge of a broad range of pathologies, and specialist skills in assessment and prescription of aids, adaptations and environmental considerations relating to new build projects/housing extensions

Degree:
BSc Occupational Therapy

Place of Study:
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Member Since:
2011


Sheelagh Scott - Director

Sheelagh Scott - Director

Profile:

An experienced employability, recruitment and business development professional with 17 years industry experience across the employability, third and recruitment sectors, at both an operational and managerial level.

Currently employed as an Employer Liaison Officer, sourcing and developing work experience placements, job opportunities and modern apprenticeships across Tayside and the North East for unemployed young people with multiple barriers.

Degree:
BA (Hons) Commerce 1998

Other Honors:
SVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care (Children & Young People) 2011,
HNC Office Administration 1993

Place of Study:
Abertay University
Inverness College

Member Since:
2015


Astrid Smith - Director

Astrid Smith - Director

Profile:

Head Occupational Therapist – since 2008 – employed by NHS Tayside, Tayside Area Service for Adults with a Learning Disability.

I joined the Tayside Occupational Therapy Learning Disability Service in 1991 within Strathmartine Hospital, Dundee, as it was then.

I gained experience in specialist Occupational Therapy in activities of daily living, patient resettlement and direct involvement with a charitable organization for people with a Learning Disability, supporting work skills and employability activities.

I have had a varied caseload of complex Learning Disability needs involving community integration, partnerships with third sector parties and risk management.

I have had previous experience in a General Hospital in Kilmarnock, after graduation, within medical, hand injuries and acute mental health.

Degree:
BSc Occupational Therapy 1990

Place of Study:
Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh


Alison Smith - Director

Alison Smith - Director

Profile:

Alison Smith is currently HR Lead: Employability Services with NHS Tayside working in the field of socially responsible recruitment with partners across education, health, social care, the independent and voluntary sectors, Department of Work and pensions and Skills Development Scotland. The overarching aim of the programmes delivered by this service is to facilitate positive destinations for people experiencing joblessness and who may have barriers to employment, suitable training or further education.

She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Edinburgh in1979; specialising in in Prosthetic Rehabilitation and Postural and Seating Management.

Subsequent to this she implemented the role of Policy Officer for the College of Occupational Therapists in Scotland and later worked with the Scottish Government on workload analysis for Allied Health Professionals.

Alison has experience in maintaining standards of governance in all areas of professional activity, particularly with respect to the development of Employability Services. Activities related to this service are reported annually via the NHS Tayside committee structure.

Alison is involved with local community activity through the Stobswell Adult Learning Association and is presently Education Director with Dundee Speakers Club.

Degree:
Occupational Therapy

Place of Study:
Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh 1979

Member Since:
November 2015


Karen Thomson - Director

Karen Thomson - Director

Profile:

Karen is committed to helping people learn skills to improve the quality of their lives. She has several years experience working as an Occupational Therapist working in both hospital and community settings.

While taking an extended career break to raise her children Karen has been actively involved in a range of organisations and groups, in a variety of committee and volunteer roles.

She volunteered with Homestart for 5 years supporting two families and has been a Scout Leader for four years to date. She also studied NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to Master Practitioner level. This has enabled her to develop her understanding of why people behave in the ways they do and how to help them change in positive ways using a variety of techniques.

Degree:
BSc Occupational Therapist (Distinction) 1994

Other Honors:
Masters Practitioner in NLP 2013

Place of Study:
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Member Since:
April 2017


Nicola Shirkey - Volunteer Coordinator

Nicola Shirkey - Volunteer Coordinator

Profile:

My work has focused on innovation, collaboration, Inter professional practice, service design and leadership.

My research critically examined the relationship between relevant theory, current service and the context for change and innovation.

Working for the NHS has opened lots of exciting opportunities that have enabled my work to continue.

Degree:
Master of Design (MDes)

Other Honors:
Interior and Environmental Design BDes (Hons)

Place of Study:
University of Dundee

Member Since:
2015


Anne Everett-Ogston - Project Coordinator – Sensory Storytelling Apprenticeship Project

Anne Everett-Ogston - Project Coordinator – Sensory Storytelling Apprenticeship Project

Profile:

Tayberry’s sensory storytelling apprenticeship project is focused on the work of supported individuals with a learning disability, to develop and learn new skills through an accredited apprenticeship programme become skilled storytellers.

Bringing over twenty years of experience in the care sector to the team, I have worked with a wide range of people with a variety of complex needs, including mental health issues, learning disabilities and autism.

I strongly believe in the physical and emotional benefits of art and its positive impact on our quality of life and social skills. Storytelling is naturally inclusive and interactive, connecting people with one another.


Moira Coughlin - Cook at Tayberry Café

Moira Coughlin - Cook at Tayberry Café

Profile:

I started off my professional career with a view to becoming a nurse but decided my passion really lay in cooking.

After undertaking my NC level 2 Cookery, I was asked to stay on at Dundee College to be one of the first students to participate in the new HNC cookery class.

My hobbies are baking and playing darts – I often combine the two by providing sweet treats for my fellow dart players!

All my previous roles have had an element of customer service as I enjoy being around people. My previous positions include working in Intensive Care at Ninewells, running the canteen at Tokheim and more recently working for Tesco as a customer service manager.

Degree:
HNC Professional Cookery

Other Honors:
NC Level 3 Care
NC Level 2 Professional Cookery

Place of Study:
Dundee College

Member Since:
2016


Alison Sellars - Cook at Tayberry Café

Alison Sellars - Cook at Tayberry Café

Profile:

I am Alison Sellars and am delighted to have joined the team at Tayberry. I’ve had a variety of jobs over the years, starting with Dundee City Council as an assistant cook at Kirkton High School before being offered my own kitchen at Menzieshill High at the tender age of 21. I worked with the council for 9 years before applying successfully to work with Gulf Air as a stewardess. On returning to Dundee I worked for a time with NCR and now have experience working in the bar trade for 32 years.

Having worked in the third sector for the last 15 years firstly at Transform Community Development formerly (Dundee Cyrenians) and then at Mid-Lin Day Care, most of my experience has been gained with volunteer recruitment, training, support & supervision. At present I am also employed part-time with the NHS as a Domestic Supervisor at Ninewells hospital and at Dundee United in their bar for season ticket holders.

I look forward to the new challenges set with Tayberry and I am enjoying the experience of working with our team at Dovetail.


Chris Morris - Sessional Percussionist

Chris Morris - Sessional Percussionist

Profile:

While studying at UHI, Chris became involved in teaching samba drumming to primary school children and began working as a drum kit tutor at a local music school.

Having a keen interest in music tuition, Chris gained experience as a volunteer both in Dundee with Pure Media UK and the Hearing Voices Network, and abroad in China, India and Rwanda.

In 2011, Chris started his own business teaching drum kit lessons from a community centre and later found premises to run Dundee Drum Academy.

Chris began teaching Drumdee with Tayberry the following year and now works as Tayberry’s Creative Arts Coordinator.

Degree:
BA Popular Music Performance

Place of Study:
University of Highlands and Islands

Member Since:
2012