Vision Event Panel Biographies

LYNN MOLLESON Community Ownership Support Service (COSS)

Lynn is an advisor with COSS, which supports community groups to take on publicly owned assets. It is run by the Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) with Scottish Government funding.

Lynn has also worked with Community Shares Scotland and is a Director of Balerno Village Trust and Harlaw Hydro Community Benefit Society. She focuses on sustainable Community Asset Transfer under Part 5 of the Community Empowerment Act and on mainstreaming community shares as a way to raise finance at community level to complement grant funding.

MAGS BROWNLIE Copperworks Housing Association 

Mags started her career in social housing in 1995. She held a variety of posts at West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative until 2014 when she joined Copperworks Housing Association as Depute Director. Copperworks works closely with Spire View Housing Association in the Royston area of Glasgow; both Housing Associations are active in their communities in relation to wider role activities and ongoing regeneration. 

Spire View is currently building a state-of-the-art Community Hub in Royston, which has been developed in partnership with local agencies and community organisations. Mags will be able to share experience of the project, particularly in relation to community engagement.

JENNIFER ELLIOT Action Porty 

Jennifer has been Treasurer of Action Porty for the last two years. She has said she’ll do it for five!

Jennifer is not a land specialist but has a passing interest in land ownership in Scotland. When she realised there was legislation called ‘Community Right to Buy’ that might allow her community in Portobello to buy the former Bellfield church in Portobello, she got involved and hasn’t looked back.  Jennifer worked in IT sales for the last 20 years but has decided it is time for a career change and is retraining as a carer.