Renfrewshire Council

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Staff stories

Stories, messages and blogs from colleagues across the council.



Alerting students and young people to online threats

Cyber security architect, Carol Peters, shares her insights and top takeaways from this month's RenSafeOnline campaign

Meet Mark Conaghan, our Head of Corporate Governance

Getting to know our chief officers

Meet Tracy McGillivray, our Head of Schools (Inclusion and Quality Improvement)

Getting to know our chief officers

Meet this year's trainee teachers

We caught up with some of this year's teaching undergraduates

Meet Marlene Boyd, our Head of People and Organisational Development

Getting to know our chief officers

Not Far? Leave the Car - Elaine's story

Supervisory engineer, Elaine Lorimer ditches her car for local rewards

Megan inspires nursery kids to love reading

Early years graduate Megan Goldie has demonstrated an amazing commitment to living our values with her innovative approach to improving the learning experience for children

Siobhan Gray is Scotland's Youth Worker of the Year 2022

Congratulations to youth worker, Siobhan Gray, for being recognised as Scotland's Youth Worker of the Year at the National Youth Awards 2022.

Learning sessions to keep children and young people safe online

Digital learning manager, Pam McDowall is on a mission to help colleagues in our schools and parents learn how to protect children and young people.

Diane's financial wellbeing advice for colleagues

Social renewal lead officer Diane Dunn shares her advice and top tips for helping you manage your income.


Chief Executive's Blog


Chief Exec's video message - 16 September

Alan Russell's short video update about the latest developments across the council, as well as his priorities and ambitions for Renfrewshire.

Chief Exec's video message - 19 August

Watch Alan's latest video messages. Alan welcomes back our school's and discusses what the council is doing in response to cost of living crisis. 

Chief Exec's video message - 30 June

Watch the first of Alan's new video messages. Short updates about the latest developments across the council, as well as his priorities and ambitions for Renfrewshire.

Chief Exec's Blog - 16 June

Alan talks about the impact of Scot Gov spending review, getting out and about to meet colleagues from across the council, the benefits of being back in an office environment and why you should complete the staff comms pulse survey.

Chief Exec's Blog - 19 May 2022

Alan Russell on the new key council appointments and policy board structure, the return of in-person events, International Day Against Homophobia 2022 and changes to staff news.


Health & Wellbeing

"Let's Talk" staff wellbeing blogs 

Brenda's story

Brenda Rankin, Head of Glenburn ELCC, explains how the nursery has been transformed into a supportive place that priorities mental health.

Kevin's story

Kevin Milliken, procurement advisor, tells us how opening up and talking helped him take control of his mental health.

Catherine's story

Catherine O'Regan, content designer, shares her wellbeing story

Moya's story

Moya Garner, team leader, tells us why she became a mental health first aider.


Inside Classrooms for Malawi - our stories

Malawi - Kimberley's story

Principal teacher of flexible learning, Kimberley Roan McVeigh, was excited to use her skills to help Classrooms for Malawi in 2019

Malawi - Gwenyth's story

Assistant infrastructure and assets manager, Gwenyth Heaney visited Malawi in 2019 and was amazed at the difference the project was making

Malawi - Margaret's story

Senior day service officer, Margaret Brennan learned more about herself and gained a new self-confidence during her trip to Malawi in 2015

Malawi - John's story

Supervisory engineer, John Everett marked turning 50 by packing his bags for the trip of a lifetime to Malawi

Malawi - Jenni's story

Recycling Officer, Jenni Nicolson tells us what she enjoyed most about her trip to Malawi in 2019

Malawi - Lynne's story

Depute Head Teacher, Lynne Docherty visited Malawi in 2015 & 2017. She shares her story of making friends and great memories

Malawi - Megan's story

Data quality & assurance officer, Megan Baird reveals what visiting Malawi in 2019 was like for her and why it was "life-changing"

Look out for more stories from Malawi coming soon...

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