“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson
Meet the Team
Becky is a primary school teacher and has taught in the USA, the Middle East and now the UK. Her love for teaching has opened doors to various creative opportunities both in Scotland and abroad. In addition to founding Stretch a Nickel Foundation, she also designed the Global Village 4 Schools as an interactive exhibit to raise awareness of global issues and provide pupils with an opportunity to make a difference in the ‘Dare to Dream’ initiative. She enjoys taking volunteers on mission service teams and seeing them use their talents and abilities to bless others. Her other love is networking. Becky is passionate about working in unity as a way to see breakthrough personally, in our communities and the nations. She volunteers with various organizations to help others see their dreams become realities. Life is an adventure she shares with her husband Daniel, their two grown children and their daughter-in-law.
Allana is a consultant with the A1 Public Affairs Consultancy. She was previously the Public Affairs Officer at Epilepsy Scotland from 1999-2017. She has expertise in media relations and government affairs including working with the Scottish Parliament and policy makers. She has an Honours degree in politics and a BA in English. She worked in local government for 19 years helping to run three consecutive urban-aid funded community projects. She became a PR Officer with Energy Action Scotland in 1995 and ran national fuel poverty and energy awareness campaigns, liaising with parliamentarians in Westminster. Allana has been a board member of the Joint Epilepsy Council of the UK and Ireland (2002-2005), Chair of the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland (2014-2016) and is currently a Trustee for another Scottish charity, Light and Life.
Ed is a native of Glasgow who was born and bred in the north of the city. He is passionate about seeing young people reach their full potential and with a background in education he has some insight into the challenges that families face. Ed is married to Jayne and has recently become a dad to his little girl. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family and friends and values quality time spent with people.
Helen has a BA Honours degree from Glasgow School of Art, in Jewellery and Silversmithing. She is a designer with her own business in Glasgow city centre. Since graduating Helen has specialized in Community Arts and is a lead tutor with the Impact Arts charity. Her role is to co-ordinate and deliver Stage 1 of the Young Gallery Therapy Project in Glasgow’s east end. Helen champions the beneﬁts of creative activities and their positive impact on people’s mental health and well-being. With community projects her priority is to build self conﬁdence and create a positive environment for self expression. As a trustee to The Stretch a Nickel Foundation Helen can offer her expertise for community beneﬁt in new ways.
Caroline is a civil & structural engineer with design and engineering consultancy BakerHicks Ltd. She is a senior engineer and has been working in the construction industry since graduating from Strathclyde University with a MEng in Civil Engineering. Throughout her career she has been involved in the design and construction sustainable educational buildings that benefit the communities they are in. Caroline is a STEM Ambassadors and offers her time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers. As a trustee Caroline can offer her problem-solving mindset and IT skills to further promote the work of the foundation.
Emma lives in the North of Glasgow with her husband and 3 children. She loves taking joy in the small things from the school run (often an actual run (!)) to spending time with family and friends. She has always had a passion for justice issues and furthered that through her degrees in Law and subsequently Theology. She is currently involved with an Anti Trafficking organisation in Glasgow. Emma is excited by the opportunities that the Foundation can bring to people in Glasgow and beyond to connect with, invest in and multiply the inspired work of grassroots projects in order to be agents of positive change in their communities.