Doing Good Through Food

OUR TEAM

Dale Todd

Managing Director

Sharon Martin

Business Manager

Laura McFarlane

Toshie's Cafe Manager

Yusuf Abdulkareem

Pantry Coordinator

David Rosie 

Finance and Adminstration Officer

David Gardiner 

Cafe Worker

Shukri Ahmed

Catering Team

Stewart Gow

Catering Team

OUR BOARD

John Linn

Chair

Originally a Mental Health Nurse working in Greenock and Inverness, John moved to the voluntary sector in Glasgow in the 90s with the Glasgow Association for Mental Health. In 2001 he established the mental health Charity Flourish House where he continues to serve as CEO. In 2016 John established the Courtyard Café, a social enterprise whose main purpose was to create employment opportunities for people living with mental illness, which became the foundation of the Courtyard Pantry Enterprise SCIO. He plays golf badly and is a fan of Greenock Morton Football Club.

Stuart Duffin

Team Liaison Officer

Stuart’s interests and activities focus on policy leadership effectiveness in complex environments; leveraging knowledge for organisational effectiveness; and developing critical thinking organisations. He plays a major role in radical and distinctive practical community leadership with a focus on managerial and leadership performance, measurement and development, all within the anti-poverty and labour market NGO sector. Stuart is currently the Chief Executive of Relationships Glasgow and the Convenor of the Charity Law Sub-committee Law Society of Scotland.

Paul Sweeney

Trustee

Paul is a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Glasgow Region, and previously served as the MP for Glasgow North East in the House of Commons from 2017 until 2019. With a professional background in the Clyde shipbuilding industry, Paul was involved in the restoration of the historic former Govan shipyard head offices into the Fairfield Heritage Centre, for which he won an award in 2014. After campaigning against the demolition of Springburn Public Halls in 2012, he founded the Springburn Winter Gardens Trust, which is working to restore the nearby glasshouse in Springburn Park.

Dianne Foy

Trustee

Dianne is a person-centred counsellor in private practice. She is also a qualified Environmental Health Officer, most recently working in public health enforcement during the Coronavirus pandemic. She has been a member of the Board of Flourish House since 2016 and was more recently appointed to the Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Dianne worked in the public sector for over 20 years and has since gained experience working and volunteering within the areas of women’s services, mental health support, families and children, community transport and adult disability.

Caoimhe Walsh

Trustee

Caoimhe is a Community Links Practitioner, based in a GP practice in the south of Glasgow. She graduated in 2022 with a Masters in Adult Education, Community Development and Youth Work. Her research focused on grassroots responses to food insecurity, particularly relating to The Scottish Pantry Network. Caoimhe is passionate about tackling health inequalities and promoting access to good food.

Peter Mckenna

Trustee

Peter is a Chef and Restauranteur, Trained in Ireland, learned his craft working in many far corners of the world before setting up home in Glasgow.

Peter is the joint owner and Chef of The Gannet in Finnieston and also Director of Glasgow’s famous El Perro Negro.

He is thrilled to be able to lend a hand and be a sounding board for the remarkable team at the Courtyard Pantry and Toshies.


Brian Land

Trustee

Brian is an activist and campaigner who works with communities in the north of Glasgow. He is currently a Development Manager with Barmulloch Community Development Company.