Smart Works Edinburgh has been supporting women into employment since August 2014. Our clients come from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and age groups. To be eligible for the Smart Works service all we require is that the woman attending has a job interview.
We are proud that 73% of the women we support are successful in their interview.
“I feel so motivated and inspired by the advice and support given to me today my confidence has been boosted, I feel that I can actually succeed at the interview.”
We currently see over 20 women each month. We want every client to leave Smart Works after a two hour session believing that she can and will succeed. We give our clients a complete outfit of clothes and accessories (theirs to keep) as well as advice on presentation. We also provide one-to-one interview training delivered by experienced volunteers. The two hours our clients spend at Smart Works has an incredibly positive impact on their confidence and self esteem. The Smart Works service is delivered by our team of 30 skilled and trained volunteers. Our stock is donated by working women or by our retail partners such as Hobbs, Whistles, Next, Evans and Bobbi Brown.
Introducing the team behind Smart Works Edinburgh
We are grateful to our trustees and staff for their hard work on behalf of Smart Works Edinburgh.
Maggie Darling is Chair of Smart Works Edinburgh.
She is a founding Trustee of the Smart Works Charity, set up eight years ago with one small office in London. She has been delighted to be part of our charity’s expansion to dress more women all around the UK, with offices open now in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Reading, Leeds plus two in London and our office in Edinburgh, now in new city centre premises.
Maggie worked in journalism for many years. She was also a university lecturer and continues to write and campaign for causes close to her heart. She is former chair of the Family and Childcare Trust, previously Daycare Trust which helped devise the Sure Start Programme. Maggie lives in Edinburgh and works between here and London.
Fiona is the Secretary of Smart Works Edinburgh. She is Head of Regional Food with industry leadership body Scotland Food & Drink, managing various projects across food service, major events, and food tourism. She is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier, an international philanthropic association of leading women in the world of food, drink, and hospitality. An active volunteer with Smart Works Edinburgh since its inception, she organises annual fashion sales, and modelled in the London branch’s Somerset House event.
Bronagh Power has been a trustee with Smart Works Edinburgh for three years
Bronagh, MBA, BSSc (Hons) is an education professional with over thirty years’ experience in higher education. She was Head of the Business School for the Open University in Scotland and Faculty Lead for the Postgraduate Business and Management programme for the Open University throughout the UK and Continental Europe. She is a passionate believer in the transformative power of education, an experienced facilitator within leadership development contexts but most of all, an advocate of empowering women to realise their dreams and potential.
Janine is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh. She is the Director of Private Equity at Badenoch & Co, a boutique investment office. Janine previously embarked on the Saltire Fellowship (part of Entrepreneurial Scotland) which included studying at Babson College in Boston and working at a number of high-growth Scottish SMEs. Janine is a solicitor in Scotland, England and Wales.
Barbara is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh. She was the National Organiser for the Scottish European Educational Trust charity 2005 -2012, receiving an Award in 2012 from VolontEurope as the Scottish Voluntary Organiser of the Year. Her role at the Trust included regular contact with Sponsors and Donors, and the organisation of a major annual event for schools throughout Scotland held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament. In 2013 Barbara volunteered for two charities in southern Tanzania, including EdUKaid, an educational charity of which she is now a Patron.
Kirsty Johnston is a Trustee of Smart Works Edinburgh having joined the Board in June 2018 initially in the Treasurer role. Kirsty is a Relationship Director for Santander Corporate Banking advising and taking care of the banking requirements of a variety of Scottish SMEs across a diverse range if industries including Hospitality & Leisure, Manufacturing, Professional Services and Food & Drink.
Amanda is a partner and Global Women’s Advancement Director for Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. Having practiced Employment and Discrimination law for over 20 years, she took up this newly created role last year. She was on the Board of the legacy firm Maclay Murray and Spens for over 5 years, and is the former Director of the Hibernian Football Club Limited and the Hibernian Community Foundation Limited. She is also Chair of the Scottish Government Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Board. She has previously been a director of Lothian Racing Syndicate and was Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid.
Emma Jewson is the Lead Manager at Smart Works Edinburgh. She is the member of staff responsible for running the core service, managing volunteers and relationships with corporate supporters, retailers and referral partners.
Bethany Reid & Amina Ibrahim
Bethany and Amina were once interns and are now sharing the administration duties of the day-to-day service.