Charmaine Ferris,  Head of Philanthropy  

Charmaine 1

Tel: 0131 524 0303

Charmaine leads on our work with philanthropic clients as well as developing new clients and supporting those with the potential to develop their philanthropy from ‘transactional’ to ‘transformational’ Foundation services, such as a bespoke grant making programme or place based focus. Ensuring that philanthropy meets the needs of the donor as well as the organisations and communities where the funding is invested is a priority.

Originally from Chicago, Charmaine moved to London many years ago, completing her degree in Social Work from Purdue University (Indiana, USA) there. She went on to gain a diploma in the fine and decorative arts from Sotheby’s in London and worked as a social worker as well as in the City of London.

For over 20 years, she has focused on the non-profit sector, both as a fundraising and development manager and as a consultant. Charmaine’s speciality has been major donors, capital campaigns and strategic planning. Passionate about disaffected and excluded young people, the arts and heritage sector, and environmental sustainability, she has worked for the Surrey Care Trust, the Natural History Museum, Forum for the Future, Landmark Trust and Watts Gallery.

In her spare time, Charmaine enjoys hill walking, mountains and munros though doesn’t consider herself a bagger – yet, gardening, the fine and decorative arts, architecture, ancient sacred sites, stone circles, yoga and dancing.


Annabel Bath, Philanthropy Advisor


Phone: 0131 524 0351

Annabel has a background in heritage and museums. She studied Art History at Aberdeen University and then completed a Masters at Robert Gordon University in Heritage Management. Annabel worked for a short time at Aberdeen Art Gallery, then moved to Edinburgh in 2000 to work at Museums Galleries Scotland, and afterwards at the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Annabel joined Foundation Scotland in 2008. Her role as Philanthropy Advisor involves helping clients to get the most out of their charitable giving. As an experienced grants assessor Annabel is well placed to source high quality projects for individual and family clients to support and, over time, help them to see the impact their investment is making. 

Annabel works for the Foundation part-time (mornings only) and is based in our Edinburgh office.When not working Annabel enjoys spending time with her young family, and taking advantage of the beautiful countryside around Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Sian Langdon, Philanthropy Advisor


Phone: 0141 341 4967

Sian joined the Foundation in 2005 as a Development Officer supporting and developing the local panels established through the Big Lottery Fund Fair Share Trust programme. She subsequently became a Senior Grants Officer before joining the new Client Services Team.

Sian has a first class honours degree in Politics and Sociology and has a community development and grantmaking background. She has previously worked for the Big Lottery Fund as a Grants Officer as well as in a variety of voluntary sector projects throughout Central Scotland. In her spare time, Sian is an avid genealogist who likes to uncover the skeletons in her family’s history. She also enjoys just spending time with her partner and two rescued greyhounds.


Kirstine McDonald  Philanthropy AdministratorKirstin

Tel: 0131 524 0352

Kirstine joined the Foundation in July 2014. She previously worked in the Development Team at National Museums Scotland and within fundraising at YMCA Scotland. During her time at National Museums Scotland she was part of the team who successfully raised £12 million towards the Royal Museum Project.

Kirstine works part time (usually Tuesday - Thursday) and assists Charmaine on our work developing new philanthropic clients and works with Shona Blakeley on the Womens Fund for Scotland.

In her spare time Kirstine enjoys reading and socialising with family and friends, although she feels she doesn’t get to do it as much as she would like! She keeps fit by going to the gym and has a keen interest in fashion and travel.


Leanne Rae, Philanthropy Finance Assistant

Email: Leanne
Tel: 0141 341 4978

Leanne joined the Foundation in June 2015, having previously worked in the finance and stockbroking sectors for National Australia Group and Barclays Stockbrokers. She has been involved in voluntary charity work for around a decade and currently volunteers for MediCinema in her spare time.

Leanne’s current duties include the administration of client accounts and funds (including the new Online Giving Account), payment and donation processing, general client contact and grant assessing.

When not working, Leanne enjoys cycling, walking, reading, cooking, film, going to gigs and spending time with family and friends.

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