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Up Close and Personal with the ALISS team

Written by: Lesley Roome, ALISS Development Officer, the ALLIANCE

Published: 02/12/2014

As ALISS grows apace, we in the ALISS team thought you might like to find out a bit more about us.

Lesley collaborates with the various stakeholders of the ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) programme by ascertaining their development needs and aspirations, and then helping to co-create and implement ways of achieving these. Lesley does this with an overarching goal of helping to make information about local sources of support more findable, thus improving the health and wellbeing of people throughout Scotland! Lesley has been part of the ALISS team for almost three years and also makes a vital contribution the ALLIANCE’s wider social media and communications activities.

Born in Glasgow, Lesley has come a long way from her first job as a sales advisor in River Island. This year Lesley really hit the heights, leading a group of ALLIANCE colleagues on a climb to the top of the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis.

Lesley also gave her time and energy to help make Glasgow thee place to be this summer by volunteering as part of the spectator services team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Based at the Tollcross swimming events, Lesley had great fun keeping the spectators happy. Whether using the foam fingers and mega phones to direct people, checking tickets or just high-fiving all the kids (and most of the adults), Lesley was on hand to ensure that there was an amazing atmosphere the whole week.

As befits someone who is all about effective communication, Lesley admits that she couldn’t live without her phone, but her hidden talents include playing the guitar and making the best Thai curry this side of Bangkok! Lesley’s main inspiration can be found close to home in her sister who she describes as her “best friend and amazing mum and person”. Come the summer time, Lesley likes nothing better than a bit of partying / sun worshiping with a strawberry mojito in Ibiza, but thinks she might be getting “a bit old for it”!

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