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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.

Here you'll find a list of our full team at Foundation Scotland.  If you'd like to get in touch with anyone, use the enquiry form on our Contact Us page.  Want to 'meet' our Trustees? Visit Our Trustees page.

Ali Kennedy Foundation Scotland
Ali Kennedy Foundation 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.

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Alison Dabner - Central Systems Support Assistant

Alison joined Foundation Scotland in May 2020 and is part of the Finance and Operations department.

Annabel Bath Foundation Scotland
Annabel Bath Foundation Scotland

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 Foundation Scotland
Bea Jefferson Foundation Scotland

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 Foundation Scotland
Camille Craig Foundation Scotland

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 – Foundation Scotland
Chris Holloway – Foundation Scotland

Chris Holloway – Head of Social Investment

Chris leads the social investment team, providing flexible finance opportunities to social enterprises across Scotland.

Chris Lee Foundation Scotland
Chris Lee Foundation 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.

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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 Foundation Scotland
Dani Simpson Foundation Scotland

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. 

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Dimana Harvey – Accounts Assistant

Dimana assists the Finance team in providing its core services.

Giles Ruck, CEO Foundation Scotland
Giles Ruck, CEO Foundation Scotland

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.

Eilidh Coll Foundation Scotland
Eilidh Coll Foundation Scotland

Eilidh Coll - Community Funds Adviser

Eilidh joined Foundation Scotland in 2015 and supports and develops community funds in Caithness and Sutherland.

Helen Wray - Foundation Scotland
Helen Wray - Foundation Scotland

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, Foundation Scotland
Jennifer McPhail, Foundation Scotland

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.

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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!

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Kirstine McDonald – Development Executive

Kirstine assists in developing relationships with new and existing donors and raising the profile of the Foundation.

Laura Berrisford Foundation Scotland
Laura Berrisford Foundation Scotland

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. 

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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.

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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 Foundation Scotland
Linda Phillips Foundation Scotland

Linda Phillips - Funds Adviser

Linda joined Foundation Scotland in April 2014 and is part of the Philanthropy Team.

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Liz Sams – Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Liz is responsible for finance and operations.

Malcolm
Malcolm

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
Maria

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.

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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
Marion

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 Foundation Scotland
Mercedes Green Foundation Scotland

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.

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Rachel Goater - Community Funds Adviser

Rachel joined Foundation Scotland in 2021. She supports communities across Fife, Perth and Kinross-shire, Midlothian and the Borders to distribute community benefit funds.

Rachel Searle Foundation Scotland
Rachel Searle Foundation Scotland

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 Foundation Scotland
Sam Bramwell Foundation 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 Foundation Scotland
Steff Bell Foundation Scotland

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
Susan Skehel

Susan Skehel – Accountant

Sue supports the day to day finance function within Foundation Scotland.

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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 Foundation Scotland
Tom Black Foundation Scotland

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 Foundation Scotland
Vicki Corbett Foundation Scotland

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.