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.
Alison Dabner - South of Scotland Programmes Administrator
Alison joined Foundation Scotland in May 2020 and is an administrator for the South Scotland Community Benefit Funds, as part of the Communities Team.
Annabel Bath - Philanthropy Advisor
Annabel has been with the Foundation since 2008 and is responsible for donor stewardship. She supports clients to get the most out of their charitable giving.
Bea Jefferson - Community Fund Coordinator (North)
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 - Marketing Manager
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.
Catherine Francis - Community Fund Coordinator (Central)
Catherine works with communities across the central belt supporting the management and distribution of community benefit funds. Her mission is to work with local panels to achieve best use of the opportunity these funds offer.
Chris Holloway – Head of Social Investment
Chris leads the social investment team, providing flexible finance opportunities to social enterprises across Scotland.
Chris Muir - Community Funds Coordinator (North East)
Chris joined Foundation Scotland in February 2021. He manages a number of our community benefit funds in the north of Scotland, including funding applications, community liaison and awards distribution.
Clare Graham - Community Fund Co-ordinator (South)
Clare has been with Foundation Scotland since August 2018 and is part of the South of Scotland Communities Team. She supports the community funds benefitting South Ayrshire and the Old Luce Community Fund.
Dimana Harvey – Accounts Assistant
Dimana assists the Finance team in providing its core services.
Eilidh Coll - Community Fund Coordinator (North)
Eilidh joined Foundation Scotland in 2015 and supports and develops community funds in Caithness and Sutherland.
Eimear Cassidy - Community Fund Coordinator (Central)
Eimear joined the Central Scotland Communities Team in 2019 and works with communities across the central belt supporting them to manage and distribute community benefit funds.
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 Programmes
Helen joined the Foundation in 2003 and currently leads the Programmes Team supporting our portfolio of corporate clients, charitable Trusts and Foundations and UKCF programmes.
Ian Knox – Investment Executive
Ian has been an Investment Executive since 2016 with responsibility for assessing funding applications from social enterprises and monitoring the loan portfolio.
Jennifer McPhail – Grant Programmes Advisor
Jennifer joined Foundation Scotland in 2005 as a Grants Administrator. Now Programmes Adviser, Jennifer supports our corporate and charitable trust donors to deliver a wide range of grant programmes throughout Scotland.
Karen Slattery - Communities Funds Administrator
Karen joined Foundation Scotland in April 2015 as an administrator for the South Scotland funds and is currently Community Fund Officer looking after a range of funds in Galloway and supporting assessing across all South of 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 – Philanthropy Development, Events and Services Coordinator
Kirstine assists the Philanthropy Team with their work including research, managing small scale events and the development of new and current donors.
Laura Berrisford, Philanthropy Advisor
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 - Office, Facilities & Procurement Co-ordinator
Laura joined Foundation Scotland in 2017. She is responsible for the day to day management of the offices, including facilities maintenance and utility procurement.
Leanne Rae – Philanthropy Finance Assistant
Leanne has been with Foundation Scotland since 2015. She is part of the Philanthropy Team and manages the Online Giving Account, a number of other clients, and the administration/finance processes for all Philanthropy clients
Linda Phillips - Programmes Advisor
Linda joined Foundation Scotland in April 2014 and is part of the Programmes Team.
Liz Sams – Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Liz is responsible for finance and operations.
Malcolm Jack - Community Funds Manager (Central)
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 – Investment Executive
Maria is an Investment Executive in the social investment team with responsibility for assessing funding applications for social enterprises and monitoring the loan portfolio.
Marion McDonald - Community Fund Coordinator (North)
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 - Programmes Advisor
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
Rachel has been leading our Communities Team since 2011, developing place-based Funds with communities and donors across Scotland.
Sam Bramwell - Community Fund Coordinator (South)
Sam joined the South of Scotland Communities Team in July 2018 and coordinates a number of Funds benefitting Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders.
Susan Skehel – Assistant Accountant
Sue supports the day to day finance function within Foundation Scotland.
Suzy Mercer - Community Funds Manager (South)
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 (North)
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 - Philanthropy Development Manager
Vicki has responsibility for recruiting and developing relationships with new and current family and individual donors; and developing awareness of Foundation Scotland with allied professional service firms.