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Alan Tuffs interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Alan Tuffs.mp3, 1:35:36 hours, 128MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Alan Tuffs_Online Transcript.pdf, 25 pages, 662kB

This item is an interview with Alan Tuffs recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in February 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Alan Tuff's involvement in setting up and running community enterprises in Scotland from the 1980s to 2010s and his reflections on the sector changes over time. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Alan Tuffs trained as an architect. He moved from London to West Lothian with his family in the early 1980s. Inspired by a similar initiative in Govan, Glasgow, in 1983 he began work with John Pearce on what would become West Calder Workspace, which opened in 1985. By 1987 West Calder Community Holdings included a workspace, and Employment Opportunities Trust and West Calder Community Enterprises. Alan went on to work in community planning for Rural Forum and the Corrum Trust before starting Small Town and Rural Development Group with friend Colin Roxburgh in 1998, developing the Community Futures Project. Alan retired in 2013.

Colin Roxburgh interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2015

  • Audio recording of the interview, Colin Roxburgh.WMA, 1:06:17 hours, 63MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Colin Roxburgh_Interview Transcript.pdf, 18 pages, 254KB

This item is an interview with Colin Roxburgh recorded by Dr Gillian Murray on1 December 2015 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Colin Roxburgh's involvement in community development and the community enterprise movement from the 1980s to 2010s. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Colin Roxburgh has a background in community development and worked on some of the early community business projects in the Strathclyde Region in the early 1980s, such as the Local Area Advisory Project (LEAP) and later Strathclyde Community Business (SCB). He left SCB in 1989 and then worked as a freelance community consultant in Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada.

Tor Justad interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2015

  • Audio recording of the interview, Tor Justad_Track 1.WMA, 1:26:40 hours, 83MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Tor Justad_Approved Transcript.pdf, 19 pages, 482kB

This item is an interview with Tor Justad recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in February 2015 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Tor Justad's involvement in the social enterprise movement in Scotland from 1978 to 2011, including his work with community co-operatives and community businesses in Shetland and Central Region; social auditing; and international projects. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Tor Justad trained as a community worker and between 1978-1987 worked with community groups in Shetland. In 1987 he moved to the Scottish mainland, and based in Stirling, managed CESU, Community Enterprise Support Unit (Central Region) Ltd. In 1994 he began working freelance as a Social Economy Adviser trading as Tor Justad Associates, with contracts in the UK, Sweden, Ireland and other countries. He returned to the Scottish Highlands and between 2000-2011, was employed as a Co-operative and Membership Officer with the Co-operative Group covering the Highlands and Islands.

Laurence Demarco interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2014

  • Audio recording of the interview, LDM_Oral History Interview_2014.m4a, 1:18:20 hours, 112MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Laurence Demarco_Approved Transcript.pdf, 14 pages, 311kB
    This item is an interview with Laurence Demarco recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in December 2014 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Laurence Demarco's involvement in the social enterprise movement from 1976 onwards, from setting up a community enterprises in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, to the founding of Senscot in 1999 and his future vision of community enterprise in Scotland. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Laurence Demarco graduated in 1973 with a Diploma in Community Work. He worked for Lothian Regional Council as lead community worker in Wester Hailes from 1976 to 1990. During that time he helped set up the Wester Hailes Community Workshop, neighbourhood councils and a number of community owned businesses, such as the Wester Hailes Land and Property Development Company. He then worked as a consultant from 1990 to 1999, before founding Senscot in 1999 as a network for social entrepreuneurs to share their knowledge and experience. By 2014 Senscot was an important support organisation for social enterprise in Scotland, with a network of over 4,500 members, a regular bulletin and a vital role in setting up the Scottish social enterprise support infrastructure.

Alan Kay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2014

  • Audio recording of the interview, Alan Kay.mp3, 2:26:08 hours, 81MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Alan Kay_Approved Transcript.pdf, 34 pages, 476kB

This item is an interview with Alan Kay recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in November 2014 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Alan Kay's involvement in the social enterprise movement in Scotland from the late 1980s to mid 2010s. It includes his reflections on the sector and his work with John Pearce and others for Community Business Scotland, Community Enterprise Lothian, and latterly through freelance work. Click on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Alan’s background is in overseas development and he lived and worked in East Africa and South-east Asia before returning to Scotland in 1988. He joined forces with John Pearce, and worked with community-owned enterprises and social enterprises, firstly for Community Business Scotland as a researcher and then in 1991 for Community Enterprise Lothian, initially as a Training Officer. He moved to Indonesia to work with VSO as their Country Director from 1994 until 1997. On returning to Edinburgh he carried out numerous commissions for a wide range of clients in the statutory, charitable, public and third sector in the UK and abroad. He helped to found the Social Audit Network and continued for many years as an active Board member, acting as its Chair at one stage. In 2009 he became an Associate Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and assisted in the establishment of a Diploma and MSc in Social Enterprise. He then went on to become a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at GCU where he advised on the 5-year CommonHealth research project. He was an active tutor with the Social Enterprise Academy for over 10 years and specialised in ‘social impact’ measures, working abroad for them on several occasions. He was also is on the board of the Community Development Journal for over 20 years, much of that time as the CDJ Treasurer. Alan was a long-standing Member of the
Institute for Economic Development. Alan retired in 2018.

Oral histories collected as part of the CommonHealth history project

This file contains 7 items:

  • Jim Bristow interview audio recording and transcript, recorded April 2016
  • Susan McGinlay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded May 2016
  • Colin Roxburgh interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2015
  • Alan Tuffs interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2016
  • Alan Kay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2014
  • Tor Justad interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2015
  • Laurence Demarco interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2014

Dr Gillian Murray papers (part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland)

  • GB 1847 SECS-GM
  • Fonds
  • 2014-2020

This collection is part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland. The collection includes Dr Gillian Murray's published papers, briefings and oral history recordings created between 2014 -2020 whilst working as a researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. The oral history recordings were dispersed across the projects on which she worked. There are currently six recordings with transcripts, and also a briefing paper, from the CommonHealth research programme (2014-2018) and five recordings with transcripts from the Future Development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project (2018-2021). These sit with the relevant project. The publications and research outputs contains a published paper which was an outcome of her work on the CommonHealth research programme (2014-2018).

  • Publications and research outputs, 2018
  • CommonHealth research programme, 2016-2018
  • Future Development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project, 2019

Murray, Gillian | Historian

Kibble Education and Care Centre photograph

Colour photograph representing Kibble Education and Care Centre, Paisley. Kibble provides specialist services to children and young people affected by adversity or trauma. They provide residential care, secure care, fostering services, education facilities, employability schemes and outreach services within the Renfrewshire region.

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