Michelle Opit - Operations Manager
Michelle was born and grew up in Australia and after graduating from Melbourne University, she lived and worked in England, Europe and the Middle East, working as an ESOL teacher. She finally settled in Glasgow in 1991 and qualified in HR Management, going on to work with the Scottish Enterprise Network as a HR advisor to young social enterprises and start ups. In 2007, she joined The Hidden Gardens Trust, and in 2009 moved to Glasgow Life, joining Tramway as Assistant Venue Manager and more latterly The Mitchell Library. In January 2016 she joined Big Noise Govanhill taking on the role of Operations Manager.
In her spare time, whilst not playing an instrument, she is a keen audience member of all sorts of arts and music, and has volunteered for Scottish Detainees Visitors and Positive Action for Housing.
Catherine Innes - Operations Administrator
Catherine was born and educated in Glasgow and initially trained as a bilingual secretary. Her first job was in Edinburgh during the mid 1980s as a Sales Administrator and from then has worked as an administrator for various companies in Glasgow over the last 30 years. She is also a qualified jeweller gaining an HND in Jewellery Design and Manufacture in 2015.
Jeanette Donnelly - Administrator
Jeanette was born and grew up in Motherwell. She started her career at Glasgow City Council where she worked for 17 years before becoming a self-employed book-keeper/administrator. After a period of being a respite foster carer, in 2009 Jeanette became a member of the Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care team in Glasgow, being the first foster carer in the programme in Scotland. She completed a BSc(Hons) Open degree at the Open University in 2013 with a particular interest in mental wellbeing and was employed by Glasgow Association for Mental Health as a Support Worker in the North East of Glasgow and also as a sessional worker with the Young Carer’s project.
Before joining Big Noise in January 2017 Jeanette worked as a Link Worker and Development Officer with the Alliance Scotland supporting Third Sector involvement in the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Integration agenda. She is also a non-executive director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, having been appointed in July 2016.