Meet The Team
Sheila’s huge work experiences and skills has been of immense benefit to our organisation and the community at large. She worked at the Trustee Savings Bank as a teller and later moved to Post Office Telephones ( now known as British Telecommunication BT) where she remained for 25 years. During that time she worked in various departments eventually rising to Debt recovery and Insolvency manager. This was an interesting and challenging post where she gained a deeper insight of the various problems facing families and businesses. Sheila later worked with Shell who were setting up a Shared service centre in Glasgow. This involved the transfer of work from Shell offices in various European countries. While working with Shell she went to Sweden to work shadow the process to bring it back to UK. This was challenging as the people being work shadowed would be losing their jobs. She progressed to the Finance department dealing with bank reconciliations and retired in 2018.
She found the transition to retirement hard to adjust to and have always been greatly involved her local Church as Sunday school leader, Board secretary and Church Elder but was looking for something more practical where she could use her talents and experience to help the community.The opportunity came in November 2018 when she heard about ANYiSO, she became a volunteer to ‘assist’ with the sewing and knitting classes and now serves as one of the directors of the organisation.
In her own words ”Little did I know I would be leading them – a bit daunting as these are only my hobbies!” ”Since then I have shared my skills of these crafts and jewellery making with the women who attend. It is a great opportunity to build up a relationship and help them integrate. What a joy it is when you see their sense of achievement when they create something and to increase their self confidence. I receive so much more from them knowing I am making difference (however small) in their lives”. ”Being married to a Gambian has helped me to better understand the various cultures and also the Muslim religion which in turn helps me to relate to the women and children”. ”Volunteering in Anyiso is so rewarding and God willing, I will continue to serve them in whatever ways I can to give them a voice”. ”I was born and bred here in Glasgow where I was part of a relatively large family(3brothers and 1 sister). I married in 2008 – my husband Alieu is from The Gambia and his family is a lot bigger than mine!”
Patrick has over 20 years work experience as an administrator, has worked in both the UK and Uganda in junior and senior role positions with various organizations. Patrick joined ANYiSO’s Board in 2016, in addition to this role; Patrick also provides his expertise in management, policy development, procurement and treasury aspects to the organization.
Patrick holds a Bachelor in Business and Management with honours from University of Sunderland. He also holds MSc. International Operations and Supply Chain Management from Glasgow Caledonian University School of Business and Society, as well as MSc. Policy Analysis and Global Governance from the University of the West of Scotland. In addition, Patrick holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Energy Management from University of Stirling Management School and, is an Associate Member of Association of Business Executives, UK and a yellow belt holder (Lean Management).
Esma Ibrahim Tibn
Esma enjoy learning, trying to expand her knowledge in every way possible and helping people.
She have been interested in herbs medicine from a very young age, and had the opportunity to learn about it more in high school and university where she studied Agriculture at the Sudan University and has worked in many establishments in Sudan. Over here in UK, Esma has completed a range of courses such as NQ pharmaceutical science and HNC applied science, including HNC beauty therapy and have attended many workshops and short courses, work placements and voluntary works all in UK.
She enjoys working to support people in the community and has been a very useful assest not only because of her services but her use of Arabic language in communicating with service users to help them access the proper support that they need.
Emeka currently works for the NHS as an operating department practitioner. Emeka’s community perspective is evident in his commitment with our organisation and in health care delivery.
Emeka’s has huge experience in working with different organisations to promote integration and provide support and services to better the lives of others. He has a degree in health and a Masters degree in Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Emeka is an experienced community support worker, and also has proven and reliable records in management, customer relations, in administration and has experience collaborating with other health proffessionals.
Ononye Arthur Uchenne (OAU)
Arthur is a Management Consultant with many years of successful experience working with charity, private and public agency orga3nisations across the continent of Africa and United Kingdom. Arthur is ardent in self-development, and was first trained as an industrialist in the area of Industrial Chemistry from Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria and obtained his Master’s degree in Project Management and IT from the University of the West of Scotland. Arthur is currently a PhD student. Arthur regularly run trainings on Skills and Business Development to assist inspiring entrepreneurs and employee performance. He has always deployed his expertise in Business Development, Leadership/Skills Training, IT & Project Management, etc. Presently, Arthur is working as a Social Science Research Consultant in collaboration with Universities and Public Agency organisations. He is a true believer, that portrays first the interest of Kingdom of God, with undiluted commitment to a local church assembly. More information about Arthur’s research work will be found in his personal blog.
Natalie works as part of the team at ANYiSO as the Project Worker. She recently graduated from Strathclyde University with a First Class Honours degree in Marketing and Law. During her time at University, Natalie was able to experience a glimpse of what it is like to work within the third sector, and she knew that she wanted to use her skills that she had acquired for the greater good. Her duties at ANYiSO can extend from organising and monitoring our team of volunteers, producing graphics and social media content and running our weekly workshops and classes.