Volunteers & Bloggers

Please meet our fantastic volunteers and bloggers! Follow them on twitter: SMWGla Volunteer and be always up to speed with SMWGla buzz! Find us on Instagram too :) #SMWGla

Rachael Griffin

My name is Rachael Griffin, I am currently doing my 2nd year of a HND in Advertising and Public Realations. I feel that in today’s society social media is essential for any business and advertising campaign to gain the full attention of consumers. I enjoy keeping up to date with current trends and topics in the world. Social media week will be a great oppourtunity for me to gain experience with the industry and help me expand my knowlege on all thing social media like! I’m looking forward to working with everyone and enjoying my time when voulunteering at the week. My twitter is @adprRachael and my blog is

 Anna Cassidy (volunteer + SMWGla Instagrammer)

I am an enthusiastic 1st year Advertising and PR student at City of Glasgow College. I asked to volunteer at SMW Glasgow as I want to be proactive it gaining vital work experience and meet some inspirational people.  I am unsure in which direction I would like to take my career, but I am fascinated and hooked to the world of social media and look forward to learning as much as I can during the week. I am a bit of a life junkie and love to explore new places, ideas, art and music. Please feel free to follow me on twitter: @AnnaCass_ADPRPinterest, Instagram: cassidy_a89, fourSquare:

Siobhan Brennan (volunteer + blogger)

I’m a musical theatre obsessed, self confessed nerd who enjoys blogging and finding out what my home town of Glasgow has to offer. I’m really excited to be involved with Social Media Week and can’t wait to jump in. Twitter: @westendshiv – Blog:

Marc Logan

I’m Marc, 22 and a student at CoGC studying Advertising and Public relations. I love Apple, Xbox and everything technology. (Don’t claim to be an expert – just a fan). Although I’m unsure which area within the industry I want to enter when graduated, I am fascinated by social media and the psychology of people. I’m here to gain some experience; some insight and to have a blast! @adprmarc


Gail Malcom

Hi, I’m Gail, 18 and from the south side of Glasgow. I am currently in my 2nd year HND of Advertising and Public Relations at  City of Glasgow College. Follow me on: Twitter: @AdprGailFacebook, WordPress

Therese Werling (volunteer + web designer)

A recently graduated designer on the hunt for employment in the creative industry. She has a strong interest into how people and companies take advantage of social media, who they are, and in what ways they interact by using social media.

Selcuk Colakoglu (Volunteer + SMWGLA Instagrammer)

Hi everyone! I’m Selcuk and I’m studying Media & Communication here in Glasgow. This will be my first year volunteering for Social Media Week and I’m excited to be part of such an event. In my spare time you will find me rock climbing, eating almost anything or having a cider with friends and family (while of course, Instagramming it all!). Looking forward to meeting you all throughout the week – enjoy #SMWGla! Facebook:, twitter: @selcuk_m Instagram: @colakoglu_sm & @instaquotate

Louise Kelly

After studying at Strathclyde and Arizona State Universities and graduating with an Honours degree in Marketing, Louise spent more than three years at Celtic Football Club as Marketing Officer. Now employed as Communications Officer for NHS Health Protection Scotland, this will be Louise’s first involvement with Social Media Week. Twitter @louisekelly82 – LinkedIn


Nicola Evans

Hello! My name is Nicola Evans and I’m a freelance copywriter and founder of Distil Copywriting. I’m pretty fond of words, technology and the arts. I’ve always seen Glasgow as a wonderful hub of creativity and talent and am chuffed to be involved in Social Media Week Glasgow. I’m looking forward to meeting some creative type folks and inspiring organisations and learning more from the events and my fellow volunteers.   Twitter – @distilco Website – LinkedIn –

Ali Syme

I’m Ali, just the right age, from Jordanhill in Glasgow. I work as a clown and spreadsheet monkey for a digital marketing agency called Dead Ringer and I can’t wait to get involved in the week! Before settling down with Dead Ringer I had worked in fashion, travel, technology and retail businesses but I never had the opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of social media – until now! Twitter @alisyme Website


Sheila McNeil

I am currently an Assistant Director for JISC CETIS (, a UK wide innovation support centre promoting and supporting the use of technology in education, in particular the HE sector.  My work covers a wide range of topics from extending online learning environments to designing learning to digital literacies to learning analytics (including social network analytics). Over the past few years the use of social media has become increasingly important in terms of sharing what I do within the educational technology community through my blog, and I have found twittter invaluable in maintaining and growing my network connections.  Social media is also becoming more part of my “normal” life too, with things like facebook, pinterest etc all helping me stay in touch with family and friends all over the world. So I’m really keen to help spread the work about social media and learn lots during the week. twitter: @sheilmcn – blog – aboutme

Julene Craigen

My name is Julene Craigen, I am design graduate currently working on marketing and a charity brand refresh for Books Abroad, a charity based in the NE of Scotland.  I have a passion for people, communication and developing/celebrating/enhancing communities in general, so social media for me is a fantastic tool to be embraced (plus pinterest is so dreamy!) Having visited SMWLDN at the start of the year I found Social Media Week to be fascinating and a great insight into these snowballing trends.  I chose to volunteer for SMWGLA to learn a bit more from industry pros as well as hopefully make some good contacts and perhaps a few like-minded friends. Find me on google+/ linkedin, or twitter, pinterest and flickr – (@) jhcraigen.

Leah Lockart

A short bio: Leah works with Scottish local government and public sector organisations to help them learn about social media for internal and external business, communication and knowledge sharing. She’s also a volunteer social media surgeon helping third sector organisations, community groups and individuals in communities learn how to use social media.  Twitter: @LockhartL, Tumblr: lockhartl.tumblr.comLinkedIn, Knowledge Hub.


Hera Hussain

Hera Hussain is a self-professed social media lover and startup enthusiast. Known for being a tireless networker both online and offline, she has worked with startups and brands to make their social media strategy come alive. A regular blogger and star tweeter at events, she is shooting her way up the digital marketeer ladder. She currently works for Mobile Acuity, a mobile visual search solutions provider who bridge the gap between offline and online media. She will be doing a news roundup’ style vlog every day of the Social Media Week. Tweet to her if you want to be in it! @herahussain



Tom Davies

My name is Tom Davies and I am currently studying Advertising & Public Relations at the City of Glasgow College.  Social media has become a tool not only where you can share thoughts and interact with your friends but where you can also find a job, get help, make money and become a pop sensation.  I can’t wait to get fully involved with the event and meet some new and exciting people.  Find me on twitter @ADPRtomd and my blog


Claire Bell

Claire L Bell has written for TIME magazine, The Independent, The Scotsman and The Herald. She is a part-time trends analyst for the Edinburgh investment firm Baillie Gifford and owns and runs The Old Barn, a creative-community-charity space in the south side of Glasgow. She is currently working on her first book based on reporting work she did in rural South Africa, courtesy of an Open Society Foundation media fellowship.


Rowan Smith

Rowan is Digital Communications Manager for Transport Scotland and she contributes to several web/content strategy forums across the public sector.

She has a blog in which she writes about her work and current trends across the digital world of government.

Emma Baird

Emma Baird is the press and PR manager for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (part of Carers Trust). Outside of work and when circumstances permit, she follows the path of hedonism as often as possible – fab family & friends, good food, fine company, great books and the odd glass of wine. Emma blogs at


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