Larkhall & District Volunteer Group Board


Anne AlstonAnne Alston - Chair

Chairing LDVG for 3 years, Anne has enjoyed the challenge of seeing the charity expand and move into larger premises. She worked for 32 years as a civil servant in DWP and has qualifications in Business Admin and Guidance. Over the years Anne has served as a member of committees; Playgroup, Scouts and work-based groups. Alongside her current role as Chair, Anne has been an elder at Chalmers Parish Church since 2016. Her involvement with LDVG began as a volunteer for call line, then went on to include lunch clubs and as an escort, and she continues to help with call line and lunch clubs. She enjoys this interest during retirement and values her involvement in the community. 

Alan Blyth Alan Blyth - Vice Chair

 Alan joined the Board in 2023 as Vice Chair and has a background in Information Technology having worked across many sectors of the industry including financial, manufacturing and retail, but most recently as a Global IT Director.  Alan has previously held several senior positions in various market leading organisations over the last thirty years and is also involved with MCR Pathways as a mentor and the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB).  Alan is looking forward to working with the team.


Jim McCannJim McCann

Jim spent 40 years in the motor trade, 22 years as General Manager. He has been volunteering as a driver for about 6 years, latterly with LDVG. Jim has been on the Board since 2017 and is still active as a volunteer driver.


Ronnie NisbetRonnie Nisbet

Ronnie has been self-employed for over 40 years and gained rich and varied experience in business and financial management, as well as people management. Whilst still operating as Managing Director for his own firm, he has combined volunteering for several years, mainly as a driver.  He is a walk leader and regularly takes one of our groups out and about. Ronnie takes great interest in the work of LDVG and wanted to become more involved in the management side of things, and has been on the Board since September 2018.


Eric Budgell

Eric Budgell

Eric joined the Board in September 2018 and is also a volunteer driver, interested in all aspects of LDVG. He previously worked as Area Operations Manager (Scotland) (G4S) and has a City & Guilds. British Security Industry.  He is Vice President of the Larkhall Burns Club. President L.A.B.C., Marketing Committee Member Robert Burns World Federation. Elder Dalserf Parish Church.



Stuart McDowell

Stuart joined the Boared in 2020 and has a background in financial services.  During his 30+ years in the sector, Stuart managed teams across Europe and held senior positions in Terex.  Stuart is a local lad having been born in Quarter and is also the president of the Lanarkshire Leagues Bowling Association.  He is looking forward to working with LDVG and in furthering it's development and growth within the community.




Grant Riley

Grant Riley - Interim Treasurer

Grant currently works in Strategic Communication at North Lanarkshire Council.  He has a Bachelor's degree in film and media; a diploma in digital marketing and another in leadership and management.  Grant is also involved in a variety of other roles including secretary of the Townhead Parent Team, a steering group member of Digital North Lanarkshire and a member of Scotland's Town Partnership.  He is looking forward to working as part of the board after joining in November 2021.



Jackie Baker

Jackie Baker

After 20 years of working for the Open University in Scotland and Ireland, Jackie took early retirement and currently heads up a community team in Glasgow East & Lanarkshire for the Co-op Group.  She has two degrees, the latest one in business and management and is a professional banker (with a distinction in management).  She became aware of the great work that LDVG does through her Co-op role and is looking forward to working with the team since being appointed to the Board in November 2021.


Sandra Gilfillan

Sandra Gilfillan

Sandra joined the board in 2023 and has a background in Drama and education. Completing training at RSAMD, Edinburgh and Strathclyde University. She is currently a Depute Head Teacher at a local high school. Sandra was born in Larkhall and has supported a number of local community initiatives. She is looking forward to supporting the growth of LGVD. 






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