Who we are

Givin’ it Laldie is made up of a small staff team supported by freelance musicians.  Everyone who works with Givin’ it Laldie is an experienced Community Musician with a passion for working with music to improve wellbeing and bring people together.


Clare McBrien


Clare McBrien – Manager

Clare works in the background to make sure the organisation runs smoothly by securing funding, leading on monitoring and evaluation, deepening partnerships in the Gorbals and ensuring all the correct policies and procedures are in place.



Marix Leahy – Youth Music Community Musician

Marix leads our Youth Music work which includes the G5 Kids Choir, G5 Guitar Kids Beginners and Improvers and Tune Room, our music production class. She creates fun, exciting spaces for young people to learn new things, build confidence and find new ways of self expression.




Michelle Burke – Creative Ageing Community Musician

Michelle develops community and connection with the older generation across the Gorbals. She works with tenants living in Sheltered Housing Accomodation and people living with dementia to facilitate connection and meaningful engagement






Chani Bond – Community Development Officer

Chani’s role is to create connections, within the Gorbals and beyond, building and supporting the Givin’ it Laldie community.





Patrick Shand – Youth Music Project Worker

Patrick is the newest member of our Youth Music team and works with Marix to create meaningful, people-centred music sessions for young people in the Gorbals.


Board of Trustees

Rowan Boase – Chair

I work for the William Grant Foundation, helping to give grants to charities and other organisations who promote health and social causes, and that support Scotland’s culture and heritage.

I love what Givin’ it Laldie do, connecting people and bringing joy through music.



Kieran Farrell – Treasurer

I am a Financial Analyst working in the field of Renewable Energy.
I love music, like pretty much everyone, but particularly electronic music. I think music is really special in enabling us all to express ourselves and feel connected to each other. GiL is a great charity run by great people. I am very happy to be a part of it as a board member with my main role being on the sub-committee fundraising team. If you are a business in the Gorbals area then our team will be contacting you shortly. Donating to GiL could be the best thing you’ve ever done 🙂


Pauline Radcliffe

I work for Scottish Government dealing with funding for further and higher education funding in Scotland.

I moved to the southside of Glasgow in 2019 and wanted to get involved in a local community organisation as a volunteer; I also love performing and listening to music so GiL was the ideal choice!


Wendy Joss

I am currently working as a Colleague Observation Manager for Lloyds Bank; assisting with coaching and supporting colleagues.

I joined the board as I wanted to become involved in a grass roots organisation, and I really believe in the value of music for bringing people together.


Saeeda Bhatti


I work in Education

When I can, I volunteer work in the community with the local schools. The children love Givin’ it Laldie and I heard a lot about it.  I joined because of the manager Clare who does so much for the Gorbals community and I find to be inspiring.



Heidi van der Swaagh

I teach low-strings at Big Noise, Raploch, a music education and social change programme for young people and families. I am also lecturer in Cello at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Juniors and Primary Instrument Programme, and principal cellist of the Nevis Ensemble.

I joined the board of GiL because I believe in the power of music within communities.



Michael McGill

I’m a statistician working for the Scottish Government.
I joined Givin’ it Laldie because I was inspired by their vision to benefit the Gorbals community through music. I’m from the Southside of Glasgow and have benefitted immeasurably from playing musical instruments throughout my life. Music can provide various health benefits, encourage a stronger sense of connection to the community and provide career opportunities, all of which I want to support through Givin’ it Laldie.