Ann Park

Ann has been a supporter of Waverley Care for several years, working on a variety of fundraising initiatives and singing at benefit concerts with Loud & Proud (Scotland’s LGBT Choir). She joined our board in March 2013 and served as Chair for two years from November 2014 to November 2016. She continues to serve as a board member.

In her professional career Ann was involved in the communications and IT industry over many years, at a senior level. Her career took an unexpected turn when she joined Heart of Midlothian Football Club as Head of Commercial Operations. She is part of the team involved in restoring the club’s fortunes on and off the pitch.

We caught up with Ann to learn a little about who she is and her involvement in, and plans for, Waverley Care.

When and why did you first become involved in Waverley Care? 

I’ve supported Waverley Care over the years at many musical events in Edinburgh.  When I finished my career in IT, and found extra time on my hands, I got more involved and started to volunteer with your fabulous fundraising team.  I was overwhelmed by the professionalism of the organisation and the excellent work it carries out.

What was it about Waverley Care’s work that prompted you to join the board?

Waverley Care is one of the most resilient and effective charitable organisations that has consistently championed the most marginalised people in our society.  I greatly admire the way in which the organisation has adapted as treatments for HIV and Hepatitis C have developed and outcomes for people living with the conditions have improved.

I saw that Waverley Care’s board was instrumental in securing the future of Milestone, the charity’s residential support service, when its funding was under threat.  It was a privilege to join the group that had shown such tenacity and vision to secure this critical part of the charity’s service provision.

When not volunteering, what work do you do?

I am Head of Commercial for Heart of Midlothian Football Club, as part of the team brought together by Ann Budge to lead the revival of the club’s fortunes and deliver it into fan ownership.  I see it as the biggest community project in Scotland!

What do you do in your spare time?

Sleep is quite a joy. Music is very important in my life and I sing with Loud and Proud Choir in Edinburgh.  I have recently even turned my hand to arranging music, reviving some of the skills last used as a music student in Aberdeen many years ago.

What is your favourite book?

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie has been a favourite for many years; Maggie Smith’s unrivalled performance puts the film in my top 10 too.  I always like to have a book of poems to hand and am particularly fond of the work of my good pal Jackie Kay.

If you had a superhero power – what would it be and why?

I would expand the day to get a little more sleep and squeeze in another song, poem or footie match!

Who inspires you?

That’s easy! Everyone I’ve met at Waverley Care.  I’ve never worked with such a cohesive team making such a positive difference to people’s lives.  They truly are inspiring!

What aspirations do you have for the future of Waverley Care?

Clearly, there are long-term aspirations such as getting to a point where there are no new infections of HIV and Hepatitis C in Scotland.  In the short term though, I want to see that the organisation continues to deliver excellence in service provision in line with the reputation it has built.  Recent reports from the Care Inspectorate have been hugely positive and are testament to the quality built in to the organisation.  It is critical that this work can continue and we must fend off threats to our funding in these times of austerity.

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