Kezia Dugdale – Centre Director

Kezia leads and oversees the Centre, and is responsible for all aspects of strategic development. She plans and drives the work of the Centre, encompassing all its activities and programmes.

She is supported in her role by Alison Hopper and works closely with the Board to deliver the mission and vision of the John Smith Centre.

Beyond her working life, Kezia is a trustee of the children’s charity Sistema Scotland and the housing charity Shelter UK.

Alison Hopper – Centre Development Manager

Alison project manages all the Centre’s activities and oversees the day-to-day running of the Centre and its staff, while deputising for Kezia Dugdale.

She works with the Centre’s Management Board and supports the Centre Director to take their vision forward by developing and delivering the Centre’s initiatives, including our internship and development programmes, our events and research.

Alison also works with the University of Glasgow’s Development and Alumni Office to increase awareness and support of the Centre’s work.

Carole Stimpson - Research & External Engagement Officer

Carole oversees the research capacity of the centre and is also responsible for expanding the public profile of the work programmes we run each year. She also manages and produces content for the website along with overseeing all social media accounts, publicity and events.

Carole is a former news and political reporter, having worked at BBC Scotland and STV News.

Centre administrator Julie Cooper

Julie Cooper– Centre Administrator

Julie is our Centre Administrator, focusing on supporting the delivery of our development programmes and events and research activities.

Julie previously held positions within the School of Education and Policy Scotland at Glasgow University. Prior to that, she spent many years with Scottish Enterprise and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy.

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