Meet the people behind the Scottish MSA
Tel No: 07397 382533
Jason is the Chief Executive Officer (and founder) of the SMSA. Jason has dedicated the last 12 years of his life to Men’s Sheds. He started creating the Men’s Shed Movement in Scotland in 2009 after hearing a talk about Men’s Sheds by Dr Neil Bruce, Chairman of New Zealand Men’s Sheds.
After the successful creation of Scotland’s first Men’s Shed in Westhill in Aberdeenshire, he moved from his role as a Council Development Officer in 2013 to be the Men’s Shed Development Officer for Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (the Third Sector Interface for Aberdeenshire) for three years.
In 2014, Jason created the SMSA charity and became the Chairman. In 2016, the Association received Scottish Government funding for the first time and Jason then became the Executive Officer of the SMSA to support its new direction as an employer and grow the Movement in Scotland to what it is today. The SMSA continues to grow to meet the needs of the movement and as such now has more employees which has resulted in Jason becoming the Chief Executive Officer.
When Jason started this journey, he made a personal commitment to dedicate 20 years of his life to growing this thriving Movement to leave a better place for his son and all our sons to have a smart, healthy place to socialise and benefit from having access to intergenerational, positive male role models.
Jason has a professional background in publishing and business management and served in the South African Marine Corps. He has lived in Scotland since immigrating from South Africa in 1997.
Tel No: 07389 061498
Michelle is the Communications & PR Officer at the SMSA and is responsible for the delivery of ‘The Scottish Shedder’ magazine, SMSA publications, press releases, social media content, interactive website and publicity materials.
It is her role to promote the Men’s Sheds Movement in Scotland and keep our members and supporters updated with the latest news, events, funding opportunities, health matters, recipes, DIY projects, gardening tips and much more.
Michelle has over 23 years’ experience in the third sector and has worked for both a Third Sector Interface and one of Scotland’s leading co-operative societies to serve and meet the needs of its members through events management and communications, design, PR and marketing support.
Tel No: 07465 202834
Sue provides office support to the SMSA team vital to the smooth-running of the Association and is a friendly point of contact for our members.
Sue has over 20 years’ experience in finance and administrative management and has worked in banking, education and the third sector.
Tel No: 07493361003
Tim is the Development Officer at the SMSA – supporting Scottish Men’s Sheds with the comprehensive, specialist community development support they deserve.
Tim spent just under seven years supporting and enabling Sheds as the Men’s Shed’s Community Development Officer at Age Scotland before joining the SMSA in February 2022.
Prior to this, he worked as a Laboratory Assistant with ICI Pharmaceuticals before becoming a mature student and studying his BA (Hons) degree in Social Science at Manchester Polytechnic followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for further education. This path also took him into lecturing in health and social care, housing, social policy and sociology.
In 2000, he undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Technology and at the same time achieved a Master of Education in Communication, Education and Technology. Tim then started working with the Workers’ Educational Association, Scotland (WEA) as a tutor in adult literacy, community education, access to further learning and trade union learning: and then became Area Tutor Organiser for Fife, Tayside and Perth and Kinross.
Tim has also worked at Telford College as a Skills for Success Co-ordinator and a Core Skills Lecturer. The next step was returning to the WEA to take up a role as an Education Development Manager for Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders.