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Introducing ALLIANCE Staff – Douglas Maxwell

Written by: Douglas Maxwell, ALISS Programme Manager, the ALLIANCE

Published: 13/09/2016

Next in our series of staff introductions is Douglas Maxwell, ALISS Programme Manager at the ALLIANCE.

In 140 characters, what is your role at the ALLIANCE?
I’m the ALISS Programme Manager and work with a great team to run the ALISS digital service.

Previous experience…
I was privileged to work for Volunteer Scotland where I helped organisations support volunteering in Scotland. It was inspiring seeing first-hand the impact volunteering makes in Scotland. I’ve worked in a range of roles and they’ve focused on working in communities to help people make the most of their natural environments; from The Ecology Centre and Low Carbon Raploch to The Conservation Volunteers. I studied Animal Biology where I focused on how environments affect behaviour and landscape ecology. I was rubbish at school and facing a lot of uncertainty at 16 years old, I joined the Black Watch army battalion. It was a real eye-opener.

Biggest learning experience in previous or current role?
That’s a really tough question, but to say my toughest learning experience was, and still is, learning and understanding how my words and actions affect other people.

Twitter, Facebook or Instagram?
I use them all, Twitter for work and learning, Facebook for fitness and family stuff and Instagram for random photos. Maybe I should confess that I did go to Myspace a couple of weeks ago!

In my spare time…
I love playing Lego, bouncing on trampolines and playing. Sorry I meant to add that one of the great things about having a young daughter is I get to relive my childhood, but with all the cool new toys.

When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?
My mum showed me a school diary I’d done in Primary 2 and I had drawn that I wanted to be a soldier in the army, which means either I’m okay at setting goals or it’s just one of those random things. I’m with the latter.

Trade places with someone for one day, who would it be?
It would need to be Charles Darwin. The life of the man behind the theory was remarkable. The fact that he articulated through his theory and books on how life exists as it does now, knowing the repercussions within society, showed real courage.

Planes, trains or automobiles?
Sorry but it’s going to be anything with two wheels; Cycles, motorbikes or scooters. Otherwise it’s trains.

Stay tuned for more staff (re)introductions in the coming weeks.

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