Meet the board of The School Bank West Lothian

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Meet The Team

Collette Moran

I am the Project Coordinator for The School Bank West Lothian. I thoroughly enjoy my role working with the dedicated Board of Trustees and a lovely bunch of kindhearted Volunteers who all work tirelessly to help our local children and their families by providing uniform packs to those who need our help. It’s a varied role and its great being able to make a real impact in our local community.

I am a mum of a Primary School child and in my previous life I was an HR Manager before becoming a stay at home mum and then more recently joining The School Bank West Lothian first as a Board Member then as Project Coordinator.

Everyone involved with our service is dedicated and its great being part of such a generous and kind bunch of people.

Kirstin Shemilt

I established the School Bank West Lothian in August 2015 as I wanted to help children and families in my local community. I was motivated to help young people have equal opportunities to access positive educational experiences, as I believe strongly in the power of education to change lives.

As a passionate recycler, I love the fact that we are helping local families as well as the environment by recycling unwanted textiles and diverting them from landfill. Every item that is donated to us is either passed on to local children or other organisations, such as Kids Love Clothes. Nothing is wasted!

I live in West Lothian with my husband and two children. I understand the financial pressures families face when managing the cost of the school day and I am proud that The School Bank West Lothian is able to help families in times of need.

In my day job, I work as a Further Education lecturer, with 15 years’ experience teaching Social Sciences and Childhood Practice. 

I thoroughly enjoy overseeing the work of The School Bank West Lothian and I am privileged to have the opportunity to engage with many wonderful people across the charity, including the Board of Trustees, volunteers, sponsors and referrers. 

Rachel Annand

One of the founding Trustees of the School Bank in August 2015, I have also been the Treasurer for 3 years.

As a small charity with no paid administrative or finance worker, my role as Treasurer has been very hands on dealing with finances to ensure we can provide packs to all the young people referred to us.

It has also involved working with the rest of the Board of Trustees to make many applications for funding along with Governance areas too that are vital when running any charity.  These include ensuring we have transparent and robust financial procedures and we comply with the charity regulator, OSCR.

I have almost 20 years experience of working in the third sector, managing a charity in Fife and also being on the Board of Carers of West Lothian. 

I have lived in West Lothian with my husband since 2001 and have 2 children currently at school in the area- one at High School and one at Primary. They both remind me regularly of the importance of having the right uniform, and other essentials- getting these ‘basics’ right sets them off feeling good about themselves and ready to be confident learners.

Moira Shemilt

I am a wife, mother to four and grandmother to three. My professional background is in education. I am currently an elected member for Livingston South on West Lothian Council.

Prior to being a councillor, I firstly volunteered and then worked for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Craigshill. In my professional life, I have met many hard working families which struggle to make ends meet. Hard times can happen to any of us.

I strongly believe that all our children in West Lothian deserve the chance to do the very best that they can in school. I am immensely proud to be part of a strong team of clever, caring, funny women which helps financially struggling families ensure that their children are well equipped for school and ready to learn.

Mairi Harkness

I’ve been a Trustee of the School Bank West Lothian since early 2015 when we were just starting out. It’s a very varied role that can be both interesting and challenging, and knowing that we are helping children and families in our own community is hugely rewarding.

I live in West Lothian with my partner and teenage son and am a midwife with experience of working in the NHS, higher education and academic research, all of which has given me understanding, knowledge and skills that help in my role as a Trustee.

For me, the best thing about the School Bank is the people who are involved: our fantastic group of dedicated volunteers, our project co-ordinator Collette; my fellow board members; and the local people and businesses who support us through sponsoring children or donating in other ways. It’s a real privilege to be part of such a wonderful organisation, bringing people together to help those among us who really need it.

Jasmine Watson

I am a qualified community educator born and bred in Livingston. I have a passion and commitment to ensuring that children and young people have a positive experience throughout their educational journey.

The School Bank play a critical role in making sure that each person has the resources they need to make the most of the opportunities they have whilst at school. I am personally reaching the end of my journey through formal education and being part of the School Bank allows me to play a small role in assisting others throughout theirs.

Being part of this grass roots charity that contribute to the fight against child poverty and commits to providing a young person centred service is nothing short of privilege.