Our People

Dig In is unlike a normal small shop in that we are a community enterprise and wouldn’t exist without the hard work and support from lots of people across the community.

As well as our small staff team, who manage the shop on a day-to-day basis, we have shop volunteers working behind the till and stacking shelves and a Management Committee and subgroups of the committee who do work behind the scenes in everything from events, promotion, policies, operations and finance. Finally, we wouldn’t be here at all without the generous support from our 300 shareholders.

As a registered Community Benefit Society, we have the privilege and responsibility to engage with our community and not represent any one individual’s interests.

Staff

We have a small but dedicated team of staff who manage the daily shop operations and keep Dig In looking fresh and beautiful all year round. The shop is currently managed by Morag, with Struan, Steph, Michelle and Ali supervising. Our staff have varied backgrounds in food retail, business, publishing, ecology and design!

Management Committee

The Management Committee is elected by our shareholders to support Dig In behind the scenes with all matters business, strategy, policy, finance, HR, promotion and community engagement and operations. 

We can have up to 12 MC members  so if you’re interested in contributing and learning more about the running of a community enterprise, consider joining us here

Please note this page is in the process of being updated, so we will feature our current management committee members on this page very soon (written Summer 2024)!

Isla McCulloch – Chairperson

I started volunteering with Dig In before we opened, helping to raise shares from the local community over a cup of soup and went on to become a regular shop volunteer before choosing to join the Management Committee. I now work for the Community Shares Unit (Co-operatives UK), and believe passionately in the power and potential of community ownership and enterprise. I have represented Dig In at various events and learning trips and am always happy to do a presentation on who we are and the nitty gritty of community greengrocering!

Amanda Lake

As one of many Aussies who have decided Scotland was a fine place to live, I’ve enjoyed the chance to become part of the Bruntsfield community over the past 10 years. 5 of those have been with Dig-In where I enjoy, foremost, shopping and chatting but on the MC I also helping out with the behind the scenes aspects and on social media. I love the idea of my sons growing up in a community which is also growing closer – thanks to shops like Dig-In. As well as having a love of cooking and discovering local foods, wherever my travels take me, I enjoy the great Scottish outdoors and can often be found building sandcastles on the east coast or camping with the wee ones!

Catherine Francis

As a gardener I value the taste of fresh fruit and veg, but, being in Scotland, it doesn’t come all year around. Having a good greengrocer in the neighbourhood is important to me. I have been involved in a range of issues from grant funding to recruiting staff but I still get to do the fun bit of an occasional Saturday in the shop… In my day-job, I have worked with community initiatives throughout Scotland and have been inspired by the commitment people can give. Being involved in Dig In is an excellent opportunity to get first-hand experience of just doing it.

Carl Emery