Find out more about T&D staff and volunteers!

Hailey Maxwell

Project Manager

Hailey leads the Thistles & Dandelions Project. Her academic background is in art history. She contributes to the undergraduate History of Art programme at the University of Glasgow, where she obtained her MA and MLitt. She writes on cultural and political topics, has twice appeared on the Zero Tolerance Write to End Violence Against Women awards shortlist and serves on the editorial board of Scotland’s literary review The Drouth. For several years she has worked across Scotland to end violence against women in emotional support, advocacy, policy research as well as training and education in a variety of settings. Hailey is a trade unionist, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is passionate about the transformative power of working together.

Lara Lasisi

Volunteer, since July 2020 

Working as a Volunteer with Thistles & Dandelion has given me experience in using digital tools to share coursework and develop strong digital communication skills. Also, working as part of a team, presenting our work, and listening to other ideas; upskilling myself by attending further workshops and training to enhance my learning; developing heritage skills such as museum object handling, researching archives; researching and learning about Scottish women history.

Kaneez Fizza 

Community Engagement Officer

Fizza is from Glasgow, mum of two beautiful children, originally from Pakistan Her role is to empower women, support them and help them reach their potentialities. She admires women’s commitment and hard work. Our beauty lies in our smiles, let’s all smile and fill this world with peace, happiness and harmony.  Fizza loves travelling, making new friendsmuseums, cookingpainting and most importantly love nature ,water and family. 

Alessia Bruni

Volunteer, since July 2020

I’m interested in the Thistles & Dandelions project about women’s heritage in Glasgow because I hope to improve my competence as a copywriter and my knowledge about the amazing land where I am living. I also hope to learn many stories about the city to be able to tell to my daughters, so that they grow up two Cosmopolitan wee lassies!

Mirella Arcidiacono 

Volunteer Coordinator

Mirella is Italian with a mixed background from the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. She moved to Scotland nearly 14 years ago, it was meant to be a one-year experience, but she felt in love with Glasgow. Mirella has as an MLitt in Archaeology and has worked professionally in the arts and heritage sector for the last 10 years.  She loves bringing people together and takes any opportunity she has to celebrate life through sharing stories and heritage with diverse groups, whether this is through work or in her personal life. She is a strong believer in the power of diverse community to make the world a better place. In her spare time, she loves cooking; her friends would say that is more an obsession. It’s something that her mum gave to her and that she treasures deeply. 

Katie Dibb

Volunteer, since July 2020

I have really enjoyed learning informally about Scottish History from a women focused perspective. I have been really impressed by the high standard of speakers that have been involved. As someone that hasn’t got much of a formal education in history it is incredibly useful and encouraging to have been taught in a friendly and casual manner.  This included later sessions where we were taught about accessing archives which is something that is mostly accessed by academics but is there for public access also. It gave me practical knowledge that enables me to pursue exploring archives myself in the future. Another favourite aspect of the sessions have been the more informal coffee/chat ones as my favourite thing about the T&D has been getting to know the other participants who all seem to have very interesting personal and professional lives that are often the most useful thing to learn from.  

Romy Galloway 

Community Engagement Officer

Romy works in heritage and the arts and enjoys working on projects that improve people’s access and enjoyment of these. She has an MSc in Heritage Visualisation with experience researching, documenting, and interpreting local and national archives and working with heritage trusts and community groups. With a background in contemporary art and creative community spaces, Romy has an interest in preserving and collating heritage for public engagement and working with initiatives that share her focus on community building.

Nughmana Mirza

Volunteer Coordinator

Nughmana is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Thistles and Dandelions project. She is a Scottish Muslim Pakistani woman and loves telling stories and learning about peoples lives and journeys. She enjoys community work and empowering women through shared experiences, conversations and learning. 

Rūta Žulpaitė

Communication Coordinator

Rūta is responsible for communication related work in EWfC. She is Lithuanian and has been living in Scotland for the past 5 years. Rūta has a video production background, so you can often spot her taking photographs or creating some other visual content. She absolutely adores nature and animals, therefore, she strongly stresses the importance of seeking climate justice.  

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Thistles & Dandelions is generously supported by Heritage Lottery Fund