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  • Ranbandara Dissanayaka
  • David Ashimolowo
  • Meral Mostafa
  • Catherine Lyons

Staff Profiles

D.N.M.R.Dissanayaka - Executive Director

(Dip. Math, BA Hon, MA & MBA)

Much of Dissa’s life has been spent around educational institutions both studying and working. Following a Diploma in Mathematics, Dissa taught Mathematics in Government Secondary Schools in Sri Lanka for eight years. Later, after graduating with a BA (Hons) from the University of Sri Lanka, he taught English in Government secondary schools for a further four years before becoming a Lecturer of English at a University College in Sri Lanka.

Having moved to Scotland, he studied for an MA at Moray House Institute of Education. He was then appointed to the post of the Student Union Manager of Moray House Institute of Education. He worked there for seven years before entering the voluntary sector. During this period he attained an MBA from Napier University.

Dissa has been involved in the management activities of many organisations, gaining a wealth of experience in both people - oriented work and management.

These have included:

  • Skillnet Edinburgh
  • Minority Ethnic Learning Disabilities Initiative
  • James Gillespie's High School
  • Men and Health Development Group Scotland
  • The Lothian Interpreting and Translating Trust
  • Edinburgh Compact and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC)


David Ashimolowo - Recruitment & Development Officer

David joined LINKnet mentoring  as the recruitment and development officer. He had attained a Bachelors degree in Architecture and a Masters Degree in Building Management.

Prior to his appointment at LINKnet, he was in a youth leadership role for four years and then became the administrator of one of the fastest growing Pentecostal churches in the UK where he was involved in organising events aimed at promoting community engagement and cohesion as well as personal and spiritual growth of congregants.

At LINKnet, he is responsible for recruiting people to the organisation’s servives, promoting better working relationship and partnership with organisations, agencies and employers as well as expanding LINKnet’s services to new horizons.

Meral Mostafa  - (BSc. Hon) - Admin Officer

Following a BSc in Structural engineering, Meral held a role of a shore protection engineer in the Egyptian ministry of Irrigation and Water Recourses.

Following that Meral moved to Dubai with her family where her focus shifted to investigating the best approach to raise and educate her children. This involved investigating several educational systems and identifying gaps that needed to be filled with the support of additional educational tools or schemes. She also investigated the type of activities that trigger children’s mental and physical growth and specifically the best age to introduce such activities.

After moving to Scotland, Meral returned her focus to her career aspirations as a structural engineer. She got involved in several communication and English courses while researching available postgraduate degrees that would help her progress in her career.

Mentors wanted


Testimonial 1

Olayinka Dada:
"I came in contact with LINKnet Mentoring Ltd through a family friend. And my first day at LINKnet was really welcoming and pleasant..."

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Testimonial 2

Pepita Gomez:
"I arrived in Edinburgh in Aug 2014 with my daughter. Our English was poor. I started learning English in a class that was conducted by an association."

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Testimonial 3

Russell Dadzie:
"I was introduced to LINKnet Mentoring by a friend who had received mentoring a couple of years ago."

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Current Funders

Scottish Government

Scottish Government's Promoting Equality and Community Cohesion Fund & Scottish Government's Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund


European Social Fund

European Social Fund


The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust

The City of Edinburgh Councils One City Trust


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