The faces behind the Foundation
Our people are in the heart of what we do. They are responsible for our success, are part of our journey and accountable for building trust in communities across Scotland.
Ali Kennedy - Investment Executive
Ali is a Social Investment Executive in the Social Investment team with responsibility for assessing funding applications for social enterprises and monitoring the loan portfolio.
Alison Dabner - Central Systems Support Assistant
Alison joined Foundation Scotland in May 2020 and is part of the Finance and Operations department.
Annabel Bath - Funds Adviser
Annabel has been with the Foundation since 2008 and is responsible for donor stewardship. She supports donors to get the most out of their charitable giving.
Bea Jefferson - Community Funds Adviser
Bea supports and develops community funds in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, including the Vattenfall Unlock our Future Fund, NorthConnect Legacy Fund and Strathnairn Community Benefit Fund.
Camille Craig - Head of Marketing
Camille is responsible for the Foundation Scotland brand and all related marketing activity and communications for the foundation. Camille's mission is to raise our profile by showcasing what we do to inspire more philanthropy across Scotland.
Chris Holloway – Head of Social Investment
Chris leads the social investment team, providing flexible finance opportunities to social enterprises across Scotland.
Chris Lee - Community Funds Adviser
Chris joined Foundation Scotland in 2021, bringing extensive expertise in community-based arts practice and grassroots sports development. Chris is part of Foundation Scotland’s Communities Team, working with fund panels in the North East and Argyll.
Clare Graham - Community Funds Adviser
Clare has been with Foundation Scotland since August 2018 and is part of the Communities Team. She supports the community funds benefitting South Ayrshire and the Old Luce Community Fund.
Dani Simpson - Marketing Executive
Dani joined our Marketing & Development team in March 2022. Dani supports all brand communications for the Foundation including website and social media updates, press releases and marketing collateral.
Dimana Harvey – Accounts Assistant
Dimana assists the Finance team in providing its core services.
Eilidh Coll - Community Funds Adviser
Eilidh joined Foundation Scotland in 2015 and supports and develops community funds in Caithness and Sutherland.
Elizabeth Sams – Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Elizabeth is responsible for the Foundation's finance team and operations.
Giles Ruck - Chief Executive Officer
Giles focuses on working with colleagues to bring the strategic plan to life; ensuring the role of the Foundation remains informed, relevant and impactful across Scotland's communities.
Helen Wray – Head of Philanthropy and Quality
Helen joined the Foundation in 2003 and currently leads the Philanthropy Team supporting our portfolio of corporate donors, charitable Trusts and Foundations and UKCF programmes.
Jennifer McPhail – Funds Adviser
Jennifer joined Foundation Scotland in 2005 as a Grants Administrator. Now Funds Adviser, Jennifer supports our corporate and charitable trust donors to deliver a wide range of grant programmes throughout Scotland.
Kathryn Brignall – Central Systems Support Manager
Kathryn offers systems support to all teams across the Foundation. From processing grants and donations to helping with evaluations and reporting, Kathryn is our CRM master!
Kirstine McDonald – Development Executive
Kirstine assists in developing relationships with new and existing donors and raising the profile of the Foundation.
Laura Berrisford, Funds Adviser
Laura joined the Philanthropy team in January 2021 after a number of years working with community foundations in London and Milton Keynes. Laura supports our individual and family donors with all their charitable giving.
Laura McLeod - Central Administration Executive
Laura joined Foundation Scotland in 2017, working within the Finance and Operations team, her role includes management of the offices, supplier procurement and managing various other projects.
Leanne Rae – Central Systems Support Assistant
Leanne has been with Foundation Scotland since 2015. She is part of the Finance and Operations department and manages the Online Giving Account.
Linda Phillips - Funds Adviser
Linda joined Foundation Scotland in April 2014 and is part of the Philanthropy Team.
Lindsay Coulton - Community Funds Adviser
Lindsay joined Foundation Scotland in 2022. She supports communities across Fife, Perth and Kinross-shire, Midlothian and the Borders to distribute community benefit funds.
Malcolm Jack - Community Funds Manager
Malc joined Foundation Scotland in 2019, managing the portfolio of place-based Funds and Communities Team staff across Central Scotland, particularly supporting communities to manage and distribute community benefit funds.
Maria Law – Social Investment Executive
Maria is a Social Investment Executive in the Social Investment team with responsibility for assessing funding applications for social enterprises and monitoring the loan portfolio.
Mary Travers - Community Funds Adviser
Mary joined Foundation Scotland in 2021 and works with communities across the central belt supporting the management and distribution of community benefit funds. Her goal is to support local Panels in grant-making activities which maximise the opportunities these funds offer.
Marion McDonald - Community Funds Adviser
Marion supports community funds in Ross-shire and in Moray. This includes several EDF Corriemoillie community funds as well as an Education & Training scheme. She also supports EDF Dorenell Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.
Mercedes Green - Funds Adviser
Mercedes joined Foundation Scotland in January 2021 to support the growth, development and delivery of our grantmaking programmes across Scotland. Coming from the European Solidarity Corps she brings extensive funding experience.
Rachel Searle - Head of Communities and Impact
Rachel has been leading our Communities Team since 2011, developing place-based funds with communities and donors across Scotland.
Sam Bramwell - Community Funds Adviser
Sam joined the Communities Team in July 2018 and coordinates a number of funds benefitting Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders.
Steff Bell - Revitalising Trusts Adviser
Steff joined the Foundation in 2021 to work in partnership with OSCR to deliver the Revitalising Trusts Project. The project was established to help ensure funds from apparently inactive or dormant charitable trusts are ‘unlocked’ to support good causes across Scotland.
Susan Skehel – Accountant
Sue supports the day to day finance function within Foundation Scotland.
Suzy Mercer - Community Funds Manager
Suzy joined the Communities Team in July 2018 and now manages the South of Scotland Communities Team. Suzy also supports the Kilgallioch Community Benefit Company, the Blackcraig Community Fund and does development work.
Tom Black - Community Funds Manager
Tom joined Foundation Scotland in 2013. He manages the Communities Team staff in the North of Scotland and supports the development and delivery of several community benefit funds.
Vicki Corbett - Head of Development
Vicki has responsibility for developing relationships with new and existing donors to Foundation Scotland and developing awareness of Foundation Scotland with allied professional service firms.