Our People

Our Trustees are all people with connections to the communities of the Garnock Valley and all dedicated to the aims and objectives of the Radio City Association. 

Radio City Association Volunteers

Gordon McGuinness


Gordon is from Kilbirnie. He is Director of Industry and Enterprise at Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scotland's national skills agency, and serves as Chair of Radio City Association.

Prior to SDS, Gordon was at Scottish Enterprise where he undertook a broad range of operational roles from Skills and Employability to Inward Investment Support and the development of Urban Regeneration Companies. 

Gordon has also served as the Chair of the Board of Management at Reid Kerr College prior to its merger into West College Scotland. In addition, Gordon is a member of the SQA Advisory Council, serves on the Board of Management of Glasgow Clyde College and is a Trustee of Engage Renfrewshire. Gordon also became a member of Renfrewshire’s Economic Leadership Panel in 2017.

Allan Wilson


Allan is from Kilbirnie and was involved in the creation of Radio City serving on the original steering group founded in 1997. 

Allan is a former Trade Union official including as Head of Higher education for UNISON. Allan also served as a member of the Scottish Executive in a range of policy portfolios including as Minister for Tourism, Culture, Sport and Planning, Minister for Environment and Rural Development and as Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning. 

Since leaving the Scottish Parliament, Allan has been involved in a number of successful projects in a variety of sectors including social enterprise and economic regeneration, renewable energy, education, transport, environment, construction and planning, the food and drink sector as well as the hospitality and hotel sector and sport and leisure industry. 

Matthew McManus


Matthew McManus was the former local Parish Priest and Canon from 1986 to 2017 for St Palladius in Dalry, but had spells all over Ayrshire during his 50 years plus in the church. He has been a member of the Radio City board since 2006.


Matthew possesses an extensive experience in a range of areas having served as a Director of Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, Chair of the Ethics Committee of Ayrshire and Arran Primary Care NHS Trust and member of the national committee as well as being a member of the Law Society giving him a range of knowledge.

Matthew was also a member of North Ayrshire Educational Services Committee and a Director of Minerva Housing - an association which provides housing and care packages for people with learning difficulties. 

Stephen Hamill


Stephen is from Dalry and is General Manager at CEIS Ayrshire part of CEIS Group, the UK’s largest social enterprise support agency. CEIS Ayrshire deliver employabilty training and workforce development and other projects across Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Stephen has extensive experience of dealing with social inclusion and social justice issues in relation to employment, education and community capacity building.

Stephen has also been involved with voluntary organisations across North Ayrshire including Evolution Skatepark in Stevenston.

Gordon Ronney


 Gordon is from Kilbirnie and is an experienced civil engineer with one of Scotland’s largest engineering firms. 

Gordon has been involved in the construction

 sector for over 25 years in a number of notable

 major infrastrucure projects throughout the UK.

Gordon is also a valued member of the local community serving as the Secretary of Kilbirnie Ladeside Football Club. Gordon has been involved in Junior Football for a number of years and is also a Member of the SJFA Management Committee

Valerie Reid


Valerie is originally from Renfrew, she moved to North Ayrshire with her husband who was from Kilbirnie nearly four decades ago. Valerie worked in the Garnock Valley for 14 years, managing a small team as a Senior Caseworker, offering assistance on issues local people were struggling with ranging from housing to immigration, benefits and various local authority services. 

Valerie previously worked as a Housing Officer with Renfrewshire Council and since 2012 she has been a Housing Asssistant with a Housing Association in one of most deprived areas of Scotland. 

Valerie’s experience in the voluntary sector is also extensive having served in a number of local organisations including as Secretary and Fundraiser for Auchenharvie Ice Skating Club where she was integral in the campaign for the ice rink staying open and it is now the only remaining facility in North Ayrshire.

James Robson


James lives in Beith where he is also Chair of Beith Community Association,  a charity who manage Beith Community Centre. 

A former bus driver, James has since entered further eductaion and established a local SCIO  to offer a free, independent advice service on issues of welfare, employment, consumer and general rights.  James has experience in the charity sector having previously served on the board of North Ayrshire Citizens Advice.

James has also been the Chair of Gateside Primary Parent Council for the last five years and also organised community events at Spiers Old School Grounds with voluntary group Friends of Spiers.

Neil MacCallum


Neil has a reputation as a renowned economist internationally. He is a Senior Expert Advisor with the OECD and the LEED Trento Centre. 

Neil has also held senior positions within Scottish Enterprise as Head of Appraisal and Evaluation and as Head of Strategy and Policy with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce as well as roles with the UK National Audit Office. 

Neil has expertise in economic development with extensive experience in monitoring and evaluating social impact and economic development impacts on the economy, individuals and communities.

Caroline Kilpatrick


Caroline is from Kilbirnie. She has a range of experience across various areas. 

Having worked for the RSPB for a period of 12 years Caroline is well experienced in environmental issues and wildlife. Caroline also has experience in the food industry having been co-licensee of a restaurant in Largs.

Caroline is a dedicated foster carer and has a wealth of experience within the care sector.