South Scotland Team 

Suzy Mercer, Community Fund Co-ordinator

Phone:01557 814927

Suzy joined the South of Scotland team in July 2018 and lives in Galloway. Before joining Foundation Scotland Suzy had been working as a freelance consultant with small and medium size community organisations and charities, specialising in funding support and operational development. In addition to her role with the Foundation, Suzy also works for two development trusts in the Inner Hebrides, mostly focusing on community ownership, social enterprise and sustainability. Prior to that, Suzy worked for a large urban community development trust as their funding lead; and spent many years working in senior management in the cancer charity sector. She has an MA in History and a Masters in Public Health. In her spare time Suzy is the Secretary of her village hall, a volunteer with the local playgroup and Treasurer of a community interest company. When not doing any of that, Suzy is busy on her smallholding with her kids, veg patch and various animals trying to figure out how to grow all of them.

Sam Bramwell, Community Fund Co-ordinator

Phone: 01557 814927 
Mobile: 07718 769 060

Sam joined the South of Scotland team in July 2018 and coordinates a number of funds benefiting Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders. 

Before joining Foundation Scotland Sam had worked in a number of rural and economic development roles within Cumbria County Council and at Voluntary Action Cumbria, including as manager of the Solway, Border and Eden LEADER Programme. 

She has an honours degree in Politics and Social Policy, a Graduate Diploma in Law and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  When she is not working for Foundation Scotland, Sam is a Trustee for ACTion with Communities in Cumbria and enjoys walking with her son, cooking and gardening.

Clare Graham, Community Fund Co-ordinator

Phone:01557 814927
Mobile: 07554 709542

Clare joined the Foundation in July 2018 and works part-time, co-ordinating community funds benefitting South Ayrshire. 

Whilst most of her earlier work experience has been gained in the private sector, she worked with Voluntary Action South Ayrshire focusing on capacity building, specifically governance and funding for five years and previous to that, a number of smaller third sector organisations in Ayrshire.  Clare moved to South Ayrshire in April 2006, having spent most of her life in Manchester. 

She is a keen walker and runner and over the past seven years has been actively involved with school activities, volunteering with Cubs and supporting a number of community groups in Prestwick on a voluntary basis. 

Laura Moodie, Programme Administrator, South Scotland

Laura Moodie

Phone: 01557 814927

Before joining Foundation Scotland in April 2015, Laura was a freelance writer juggling part-time work with three small children and renovating a rundown house, one acre garden and five-acre field in bonnie Galloway. In a previous life she worked as a television subtitler in Glasgow and received an MA in history from the University of Edinburgh.

Originally from Yorkshire, Laura has spent most of her adult life in Scotland and has been keeping herself occupied as a community activist and organiser. In Glasgow she chaired two community and heritage organisations (the Strathbungo Society and Glasgow Civic Forum). Since moving to Galloway she has become secretary of her community council and is a host for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). She now works as a job-share programme administrator with Karen Slattery in the South of Scotland office in Gatehouse of Fleet. 

Karen Slattery, Programme Administrator, South Scotland

Email:  Karen Moodie
Phone: 01557 814927

Karen joined Foundation Scotland in April 2015 as a part-time administrator for South Scotland and works, in a job-share role with Laura Moodie, in the office in Gatehouse of Fleet. When not working for the Foundation Karen runs an outdoor after school club for primary aged children and is co-ordinator of a woodland based toddler group. She gets regular work in the local school and is currently designing and building a Peace Garden with the children and volunteers at their gardening club.

Karen has an honours degree in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Glasgow and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management (The Open University). She has a long history of volunteering and employment within the charity sector, including work with Concern Worldwide and the British Red Cross. Over the past 5 years she has been actively involved in the local Forest School movement and has nearly completed her training as a Forest School Leader.

When not working or volunteering Karen is kept busy with four young children, playing, camping, learning and generally, having fun.


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