About the Initiative


Inverkip Community Initiative was established as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in October 2013 to establish, manage and maintain the new community facility for the benefit of the local community and surrounding areas.  The organisation is a registered charity with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator

The Initiative plans to provide and improve services and facilities at a level which meets the needs of the community. The provision of the new facility creates opportunities for learning, sporting, health recreational and social activities and ultimately improve the quality of life and health and wellbeing of local residents. The Inverkip Community Initiative currently has 10 directors all from the local community. 

The board meets monthly and its role is to support the day to day operational activities and oversee and plan the on going use of the facility and hub.  

The board is currently made up of 10 people very dedicated to improving the hub and the services it offers.

MEET THE BOARD.............


Sarah Jane 



Sarah Jane gained her BA in Community Development with Merit from the University of Glasgow and spent many years working within the voluntary sector for Inverclyde Development Community Trust. Deciding to specialise in young people, Sarah Jane started as Youth Support Worker at the Volunteer Centre and quickly progressed onto many other roles during her time there. Some of this included Youth Development Worker, New Deal Gateway to Work Trainer, Personal Development Trainer, and Woman’s Group Facilitator. She then left to pursue a career in the private sector taking on various management roles only to find herself back , bridging both sectors when she took on the role of Manager of the pilot Digital Inclusion Community Project , Poppins. It was here that she had a new found interest in social enterprise and also digital technologies and her passion for the third sector was reignited.

Sarah Jane has extensive experience in Training & Facilitating, Digital Technology, Funding & Fundraising, Community Development, Personal Development and Networking.

Sarah Jane is a keen volunteer in her community and is also on the board of another community organisation and also a Director of a Scottish culture blog. She is also interested in the role of digital technologies and social media in the Third Sector and how these can be used to share knowledge, make connections and build capacity.




Since moving to Inverkip in 2009 Shelagh has contributed greatly to her community. Firstly as a Child 1st Befriender and then Secretary of Skelmorlie Golf Club.

Her experience comes from teaching Maths & P.E. in Devon and Kent. Also she was involved for over 20 years in the leisure business, running a golf sports shop with her husband who was a Golf Professional / Course Manager in Scotland, Devon & Kent. He was a local lad from Skelmorlie.

She is an excellent communicator who enjoys building a rapport with all concerned. She has always played an active role in community projects as her son was growing up. As ICI secretary she is delighted to be involved in this new & exciting project at the Hub.



We are currently looking for a treasurer. If you are interested, please email sarahjane@inverkiphub.org.uk



Bill works for Inverclyde CVS providing support to local Third Sector organisations. Previously he spent 4 years working as Development Manager for Argyll and Bute Social Enterprise Network. Bill also worked as Chief Executive for a cancer support charity as well as 30 years working in a variety of management positions in the computer industry.  

Bill’s management, communication and organisational skills are important in his role as chair of Inverkip Community Initiative where his key responsibilities are community relations and engagement, liaising with stakeholders and funders and helping with the strategic development of the organisation. When he’s not doing any of the above Bill enjoys walking, golfing, travelling and the company of his family and in particular young grandchildren.



Community Engagement

Jim is a Detective Constable with Police Scotland where he has been employed for the past 20 years. Prior to this he worked in food retail as a Manager.

Jim lives locally and when not working enjoys an active outdoor life, walking his dogs, cycling, making the most of the local countryside and when weather permits enjoys nothing more than getting away in his campervan with his family and grandchildren. 



Younger & Older People

Debbie has lived in Inverkip since her early teenage years, she demonstrates a real dedication and desire to see the community facility succeed and bring new opportunities to Inverkip. Married wither 2 grown up children, she is fortunate to have the majority of her extended family living in Inverkip, all of whom have taken an active interest in village life and events in various guises, over the years. Debbie is an Occupational Therapist and runs a busy community team in Inverclyde.

Debbie is passionate about her role and her professional skills transfer exceptionally well to her voluntary position on the ICI board.  Debbie’s management, communication and professional qualifications are all very important in her role on the board of Inverkip Community Initiative and as Chairperson of the Younger & Older Person’s Sub Group, where her key responsibilities are community relations and engagement within these particular age groups.  Debbie’s hobbies include reading and gardening, socialising with friends and family and she is a very keen walker and relishes such a beautiful local area to explore at her leisure.



Community Engagement, Sports, Health & Wellbeing, Fundraising

Malcolm moved to Inverkip in 2010 with his family. He grew up in Argyllshire and after studying Naval Architecture at Glasgow University he joined the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in Greenock in 2003, specialising in the field of ship stability, and has lived and worked in Inverclyde since then.

As a keen runner, cyclist, and walker, Malcolm enjoys taking advantage of the many opportunities to get outdoors which living in Inverkip offers.

Having been brought up in a small community, Malcolm has welcomed the chance to join the board of ICI at this exciting time to help in developing a new focal point for the village and local community.



Education, Governance & Management

Frankie has developed a multiple range of skills during a successful 27 year military career, and for the past 4 years as a small business owner and consultant. During his military career he served in areas of conflict where he developed strong organisational and communication skills as well as being accustomed to working individually, and as part of a team in high-tempo environments both in the UK and overseas. Resolute, calm and decisive when under pressure in all environments.

A strong background as an instructor, trainer, subject matter expert, and adviser on a wide range of subjects including procurement and small business management.  Frankie spends some of his spare time as a veterans volunteer trying to improve the lives of veterans who have fallen into difficult times and need a helping hand in the transition from military to civilian life. Married to Kelly and navigating through the minefield of raising teenage twin girls. 


It is with greatest sadness that Cliff sadly passed away on the 4th of June 2018 after a short Illness. ICI is forever grateful for the time and effort Cliff gave to the Board and also the generations donations he made to the Hub. 


Andy has worked in various parts of Scotland from the central belt to the Highlands and Islands. The job finally took him, his wife and daughter from Inverness to Inverkip some 25 years ago. After working in Greenock for ten years, he was transferred to Glasgow before retiring in November 2016. Shortly thereafter he joined the committee to help manage The Hub.

Personal interest in computers since 1984 (you must have heard of the ZX81, surely) have given him some familiarity with the workings of them and their software. This compliments the skill Cliff has in dealing with hardware problems that arise and they make a good team.

His main hobbies are camping and walking. These date back to the mid-90s when he first visited the Lake District. Over the years, he has visited The Highlands, The Dales and Northumberland all under canvas.





Kevin is our Centre Manager here at The Hub. Kevin has a vast knowledge of the local Third Sector and has spent many years working in the local community. 



As a sports lecturer and a keen fitness enthusiast and coach, Martin has gained a lot of experience in coaching sports and working with children and young adults. This experience has helped him develop his people skills and has given him the confidence and the opportunity to work within the education and leisure sectors and community centres and clubs within the local area.

Martin has a very enthusiastic personality and has extensive experience across all areas of business and community development. He demonstrates a strong ability to manage projects from conception through to successful completion and is able to develop and motivate others to achieve. He is a very proactive individual with a logical approach to all challenges.

Married to Hiltje, he has 3 grown up children and likes nothing better than spending time with his family at home or at his caravan In Ardentinny. 

He enjoys long walks with his pal Ralf (The Spoodle) and also enjoys a good competitive game of pool. Martin added “I will win😉”