Sheila Fraser has had two full time careers. The first was providing technical support for physiology and neurosciences departments in further and higher education, across Edinburgh. This involved designing and developing practical teaching materials at a time where technology was developing. She has worked on computer aided learning for both Medical and Veterinary graduates and developed interactive practical programmes using video technology.
As well as several science qualifications she has the Training for Trainers Certificate and joined the Institute of Trainers in 1993. Since then she has gained a Certificate in Social Science, with a special interest in Scottish Politics, Equalities and Scottish Law. In 2002 she became a Quality Scotland accredited EFQM assessor and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce (RSA).
In 1996 Sheila moved to work in the Scottish voluntary sector. This move was planned, having found she spent a great deal of time volunteering, training and developing youth organisations. She worked for the National Bible Society for Scotland, developing teaching programmes for schools across Scotland – including remote rural communiites. This work involved high-tech computer simulations and often travelling back in time 2000 years, 3 times a day!
She established her own business Sheila Fraser Associates in 1999. This company has expanded in 2007 and focuses on Training trainers and organisational development. For the last 7 years, Sheila has worked for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), and now works part time for them assisting the sector access rural funding.
She enjoys public speaking is a member of Toastmasters International. An evaluation from a training event said:
"Sheila is an inspiration. She demonstrates how to bring colour and fun to any form of learning. Her techniques are imaginative and effective."
Recently Sheila has been involved in International development, with a 9 month secondment to the Scottish Executive to work with the World Youth Congress Team and in 2006 with the Civicus World Assembly. She has work in Cameroon with Volunteer Development Cameroon (VODECAM) to deliver training programmes in volunteer development and organisational development.
Sheila’s recent achievement was to swim the height of Everest