Connecting Scotland are Sandy Brunton, Bronagh Gallagher, Gordon Carmichael, Pamela Galbraith, and Andy Lippok. We are experienced facilitators, system thinkers, coaches, practitioners, each coming from and with diverse experiences and skills. We work with a global network of friends and colleagues to deliver customised training, strategic work and personal coaching in a wide variety of settings. We all live in Scotland, and we work throughout Scotland virtually and in person.
Sandy was born and brought up on the Isle of Mull and trained as a boat builder. He and his wife returned to Mull in 1986, where they reopened the village shop in Fionnphort and raised a family of three. After 25 busy years, they sold the shop in 2011. Sandy was and continues to be completely immersed in community life and is involved in numerous projects and groups on and off the island. He is convenor of Mull and Iona Community Trust, chair of Development Trust Association Scotland, and is also a director of the Scottish Islands Federation and the Scottish Rural Parliament. Since selling the shop, he has committed his time to working with community groups, social enterprises and other organisations around the country.
Gordon Carmichael has worked with communities and individuals for 40 years and has a well proven record of commitment to developing the full potential of the individual and their environment. Excited by the concept of Participatory Leadership including engaged conversation, empowerment and the opportunity to seek collective intelligence for wiser action, he is committed to ensuring its many practices are widely and appropriately deployed. He believes that engaging the participation of every citizen, and at all levels of our society will increase the well-being of each community.
Since graduating from the RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – now called the Royal Conservatoire Scotland ) in 1979, Pamela was interested in using the Arts in Community Work to address local concerns and therefore attended Moray House College in Edinburgh to do a Post Graduate Course in Community Work after a few years of doing some theatre work in the North East of Scotland. She then worked in community development projects using the arts for 23 years in the Highlands and is still doing so today.
Bronagh Gallagher has extensive experience of working with and supporting communities and voluntary organizations in Glasgow. Much of her experience was focussed on supporting organisations to collaborate more and ensuring that people, communities and groups were fully engaged in consultations and policy development in local government, CPPs and other structures. She passionately believes that how we do things is just as important as what we do and she has developed her skills in facilitation, dialogue and process design as a result. She is an Art of Hosting practitioner who has been developing her skills working internationally as well as in Scotland. She was a member of the harvesting/report team in the 2014 Rural Parliament and understands what it takes to translate passionate conversations into tangible outcomes.
Andy Lippok gained considerable experience and skills from a career in HR and Project management, Systems Thinking interventions, training and coaching, and 8 years of contracting in different roles in many organisations and sectors, helping people and organisations make life and work meaningful, through the practices of self-management, wholeness, evolutionary purpose, and the art of participatory leadership and democracy; with the result that people and organisations become rich, vibrant, and meaningful – helping them all on the path to being brilliant!