Sue Irving Chief Executive

Sue Irving is the Chief Executive of D&G CAS having been appointed in June 2011 and she has worked in the third sector for over 20 years. She has a long track record in providing services for vulnerable and disadvantaged people and worked for many years with people affected by homelessness, substance misuse and mental health issues.

Sue was the Scottish Government’s Health and Homelessness Coordinator from 2001 to 2005 and is currently a member of the Government’s Health and Homelessness Steering Group. She is Chairperson and UK representative for the Health and Social Protection Working Group of FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless, and Vice Chairperson of the Scottish Council For Single Homeless. She is also Chairperson of Turning Point Scotland’s Advisory Group for the UK pilot of Housing First. Through her consultancy and training company Sue evaluated a wide range of services for vulnerable people in Scotland and more widely in Europe.

Sue is a member of the Strategic Partnership, the community planning partnership for Dumfries and Galloway, as a representative of the Third Sector Interface. She is also the third sector representative on the Finance Sub-group for the Putting You First initiative with NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

Sue has a Master of Business Administration from the Robert Gordon University and a BA (Hons) in English and Sociology from the University of Lancaster.

Sheila McVinnie

Sheila took up post as Financial Development Officer in April 2003 and has worked in the third sector for 18 years. Her role is to broaden the funding resources available to the Board of Directors to enable the development of services throughout Dumfries & Galloway. She is involved in maintaining links and reporting to funders and identifying new funding opportunities and partnerships that may be available to the organisation.

She has contributed to the development of robust financial systems within the organisation and is responsible for financial reporting to the Board and funders. Sheila assists in the implementation, development and management of new projects and is responsible for the line management of several members of staff.

Sheila has represented the organisation on Citizens Advice Scotland Development Committee and currently provides representation on the local Social Enterprise Network.


Christine Sinclair

After leaving school, Christine worked in the financial industry for 19 years progressing from trainee up to branch manager before moving on to work for Scottish Enterprise Dumfries & Galloway where she set up their Business Development Loan Scheme.

While working in the banking industry, Christine qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (MCIBS), and also as a Mortgage Adviser.

Christine has worked for D&GCAS since 2003 as the Money Advice Specialist.  Her duties and responsibilities have grown as D&GCAS has expanded and set up new projects.  Christine is a member of the Senior Management Team and is now responsible for the Money Advice, the Money Advice Service, Patient Advice and Support Service and Kinship Care projects.  A substantial part of her job involves keeping up to date with changes in legislation and developments which will impact on the provision of services, in particular money advice.

Christine is a member of the Council of Management of Money Advice Scotland and is a former Convenor of Money Advice Scotland.




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