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Introducing: Kelly Kolatowicz, Head of Business Development

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Introducing Kelly! SCLD’s Head of Business Development…

“Hello, my name is Kelly, and I am delighted to join the team at the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) as Head of Business Development.  

Before I tell you more about me, I must say a huge thank you to everyone I have met so far, both in the team and the wider learning disability community, for giving me the warmest welcome.  

I joined the organisation three weeks ago, and my first day was the first day for everyone at our new offices, which was great because I wasn’t the only one who needed help finding the coffee! Thankfully, the team are a great, friendly and supportive bunch, but more than that – everyone is an expert in what they do, and everyone has specialist knowledge, which they’re happy to share. I have learned so much in such a short period.  

I have a busy family life. I live in Glasgow with my husband, two little boys and our pet hamster. (Hopefully, we will have time to welcome a dog one day.) My husband and I own a small fitness business, but when I’m not busy with family life, I enjoy holidays in the sun, discovering new places to eat, reading and, most recently, I have found a love for true crime podcasts.  

Before moving into the third sector, I spent most of my career in corporate finance, primarily working in insolvency, helping people and businesses in financial difficulty to find solutions. I spent the last six years working at Cerebral Palsy Scotland as part of the fundraising team. In my role as Supporter Relationships Manager, I was responsible for managing key donor relationships. Having lived experience caring for a child with additional support needs, I joined the board of trustees at East Park, a school and residential home for children with complex support needs, in September 2022.   

In my role at SCLD, I will lead our efforts to create innovative products, strategic partnerships and sustainable resources to ensure we can continue to drive change and create a fairer Scotland for people with learning disabilities.  

I’d love to get to know more of you, so please drop me a line to say hello. If you are interested in how you can get involved, collaborate on a project, or discuss a potential partnership, I’d love to chat.”

Kelly 

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