Development Worker / Staff

The Garioch Partnership

Development Workers

db1crclDawn Brown

Dawn is a local lass, and was brought up in Inverurie, going to Kellands primary school and then Inverurie Academy. She moved away from Inverurie to go to college in Dundee, but ended up working in catering and hospitality and doing some youth and voluntary work on the side! She moved back to Aberdeen in 1998, and from 2000 onwards was actively involved in local community groups, serving on the board of her local community project. This sparked a passion in Dawn for the importance of front line services, being delivered in ways to meet the needs of the community. Through the community project, Dawn became the voluntary Chairperson of the Great Northern Partnership (Aberdeen’s social inclusion partnership) where she learned more about government policy, and took a keen interest in health and social care. Dawn was fortunate enough to be invited to sit on the boards of The Civic Forum (community engagement for the City Alliance), The Aberdeen City Alliance (community planning partnership) The Joint Alcohol and Drugs Action Team, as well as a range of other boards, and was very active with the Poverty Alliance in Glasgow, being lucky enough to be involved with the European Anti-Poverty Network as well. Dawn was actively involved with developing the “National Standards for Community Engagement” which underpin Dawn’s commitment to putting communities first. Dawn has an interest in funding, and knowledge of self-directed support, having been involved in the Aberdeenshire council User Reference Group for Self-Directed Support. Home life for Dawn is centred on her school aged son, and a keen interest in the gym and keeping fit, walking, cross stitch and trying to knit – sometimes more knots than knits! A keen movie goer, and an avid reader – whether that’s a government consultation paper, the latest policy document or a good old book, her kindle is never usually too far away. She lives in Insch.

Dawn has just completed her University Course on PG Dip in Community Learning & Development,  click on the link to read it here.



Administrator/Research Worker

PictureLTLouise Thorburn

Originally from Aviemore, Louise graduated from Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh before moving to Aberdeen in 1999 to study at the Robert Gordon University. A work placement with the Carer’s Centre led to a research post at RGU, carrying out research with a specific focus on carers and respite, while continuing to volunteer with the Young Carers project. After a short time working with the Freedom of Information team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise in
Inverness, Louise returned to Aberdeen as part of the College library team, only leaving to spend time with her young family.
This led to her involvement with the local 2s group, Kiddiwinks, with 3 years as Treasurer followed by 18 months as Chair. Previous employment experience proved useful with the challenges involved in running a small charity, including successful grant applications and fundraising; staff recruitment and employment; financial accounts, tax and invoicing; policy and procedure reviews; Care Inspectorate assessments as well as general administration and publicity. Throughout this time, Louise also represented Kiddiwinks on the Bogbeth Park & Pavilion committee. Through these groups, Louise was able to see at first hand, how The Garioch Partnership helped and supported two very different groups.
Outwith work, Louise is focused on family life, with a husband and three young children keeping her out of mischief. A keen reader and book hoarder, she keeps the local library busy and is also helps in the local school library. She lives in Kemnay


Previous Development Workers / Administrators:-

Thanks to the below for sterling service to TGP:-

Development Worker :- Anne Simpson 2012- 16

Administrator:- Paula Mulvaney  2016

Administration:- Dawn Ranson & Grampian Opportunities