Nick Burgess – Secretary

Nick has lived in Scotland for over 35 years and moved to Arran two years ago. He graduated in History from the university of Kent in 1981 and obtained a certificate in social work from the university of Aberdeen in 1985.

Between 1985 and 2018 Nick worked in Falkirk social work department, within the criminal justice service. This involved front line work providing courts and parole board with risk assessments on offenders, supervising persons on court orders and parole licences, working regularly in court. Nick also spent 6 years working in the Polmont young offender institution as a part time social worker. From 1993 to 2012 he managed a team of social workers undertaking these tasks and from 2012 was responsible for the whole service of around 60 staff and a budget of around £3.5 million.

Managing this service involved close working with the voluntary sector, obtaining and providing grants, initiating, maintaining and overseeing projects, liaison with elected members, and a variety of statutory and non-statutory organisations, such as health and social care, police Scotland, Scottish prison service etc

Perhaps of most relevance to ACLI is Nicks involvement with an unpaid work scheme where we undertook a variety of projects to enhance green space. Perhaps most notably the restoration of the walled garden at Dollar Park, Falkirk. This was opened by the then justice minister, Michael Mathieson.

Nick has a keen interest in conservation, promoting a sustainable environment and involving others in learning and gaining pleasure from green spaces. He also had an allotment in Stirling for around 25 years and is therefore keen to grow as much as he can myself.