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.
Chris Lee - Community Funds Adviser
Chris brings extensive expertise in community-based arts practice and grassroots sports development. Chris is part of the Communities Team, working with fund panels in the North East and Argyll.
Chris Holloway – Head of Social Investment
Chris leads the social investment team, providing flexible finance opportunities to social enterprises across Scotland.
Dani Simpson - Marketing Executive
Dani supports all brand communications for the Foundation, including website and social media updates, press releases and marketing collateral.
Deborah Cowan - Head of Communications
Deborah is responsible for all external communications for Foundation Scotland including press, digital and social media.
Debbie Herron - Community Funds Adviser
Debbie is part of the Communities team and works with fund panels in the North East and Argyll and Bute.
Dimana Harvey – Assistant Accountant
Dimana assists the Finance team in providing its core services.
Donna Adams-Allen - Community Funds Adviser
Donna brings over two decades worth of experience working with not-for-profit organisations both in charities and Infrastructure support organisations.
Eilidh Coll - Community Funds Adviser
Eilidh joined Foundation Scotland in 2015 and supports and develops community funds in Caithness and Sutherland.
Elizabeth Jeffrey - Social Investment Executive
Beth is part of the Social Investment team responsible for assessing funding applications for social enterprises and monitoring the loan portfolio.
Elizabeth Sams – Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Elizabeth is responsible for the Foundation's finance team and operations.
Emma Hutchison - Community Funds Adviser
Emma works in the South of Scotland Communities Team, supporting and developing Community Funds in that region.
Felicity Wright - Grants Officer
Felicity joined Foundation Scotland in 2023. She will be supporting the Communities team in the delivery of a range of funds with projects across Scotland.
Fiona Mould - Funds Adviser
Fiona is a member of the Philanthropy Team and is responsible for donor stewardship and delivering a range of grant programmes throughout 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.
Heather Woods - Community Funds Adviser
Heather joined Foundation Scotland in 2023 to take up the role of community fund advisor. Her background is in community development, moving into communications and stakeholder/community engagement, working with organisations across the sectors.
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 Malcolmson – 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 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.
Linda West- Community Funds Adviser
Linda is part of the Communities Team, working with fund panels in South Ayrshire. She brings experience of working in local charities at various levels, including management in the local Third Sector Interface (TSI).
Livi Seligmann - Grants Officer
Livi helps the Philanthropy Team by assessing grant applications, supporting grant-making, and assisting with the administration of funds and programmes.
Malcolm Jack - Community Funds Manager
Malc manages the portfolio of place-based funds and Communites Team staff across Central Scotland, particularly supporting communities to manage and distribute community benefit funds from wind farms.
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.
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.
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.
Niome Lucjan - Community Fund Advisor
Niome joined Foundation Scotland as part of the Communities Team in 2023. Niome’s experience stems from community and place-based development projects as well as volunteering projects within her local community.
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.
Rachael Walker - Grants Officer
Rachael joined Foundation Scotland in 2023 as a Grants Officer in the Communities Team, supporting them with the administration of funds and programmes 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.
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.