Central Scotland Team

Malcolm Jack, Community Funds Manager - Central Region

Email: Malcolm@foundationscotland.org.uk
Phone: 0131 524 0302  

Malc joined Foundation Scotland in 2019 as Community Funds Manager for the central region.  He has 20 years of experience in third sector business development, funding, grant management and monitoring & evaluation work, having begun his career in international development before moving into the youth work, justice, personal development and outdoor sectors with Scottish charity Venture Trust.  His international development experience included involvement in developing and monitoring capital financing mechanisms to support community-led slum upgrading initiatives across Asia and Africa, as well as advising on organisational and systems development within third sector organisations.  He moved back to Scotland to head up Venture Trust’s fundraising team in 2008, leading the process of significantly scaling up and diversifying the organisation’s funding base over more than a decade. 

He was also a trustee on the Board of an Edinburgh-based international development charity for 7 years, volunteered at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and has had several articles and book chapters published during his professional career.  His qualifications include an MA (Hons) in Economics & International Relations from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc in Development Planning & Project Management from the University of Bradford.  In his spare time, Malc enjoys a spot of cooking, is a keen rugby player and enjoys a range of other sports when his young daughter isn’t running rings round him.

 

Eimear Cassidy, Community Fund Co-ordinator

Email: eimear@foundationscotland.org.uk
Phone: 0141 341 4968

Eimear joined Foundation Scotland in 2019 as a Community Fund Co-ordinator working across the central region, based in the Foundation Scotland Glasgow office.  She previously worked for the National Lottery Community Fund for six years, undertaking a number of roles including funding, communications and administration. She worked as part of a team in North and South Lanarkshire piloting a relationship and placed-based approach to grant making and then later worked locally in Inverclyde.

Originally from Northern Ireland she moved to Scotland in 2005 to study Sociology at the University of Glasgow and gained an MA (Hons) degree.  Eimear enjoys music, theatre and the outdoors, has been involved in a number of voluntary projects and is currently a Committee member for Toonspeak Young Peoples Theatre.

 

Catherine Francis, Community Fund Co-ordinator

Email: cfrancis@foundationscotland.org.uk
Phone: 0131 524 0308  

Joined Foundation Scotland November 2019, and now is the contact for a number of community benefit funds in Fife and the Central Belt.

Catherine has had a variety of roles supporting the community and voluntary sector. She worked for HIE on the Scottish Land Fund programme from 2001 seeing the growth of the community land ownership in Scotland and advising community organisations through project development and securing funding. As freelance consultant she has undertaken feasibility work, funding  and evaluations for the community sector. Before coming to Scotland, Catherine spent four years in the Bolivian mountains working on community based research for a Bolivian NGO. She’s a committee member of Digin – a community fruit and veg shop in Edinburgh.

Out of work Catherine can be found in her vegetable garden and, less frequently, paddling a sea kayak around the Scottish coastline.

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