Grant Programmes Team

Helen Wray, Head of Programmes 


Phone: 0141 341 4966

As Head of Programmes Helen’s role is to ensure the effective delivery of all grant programmes for Foundation Helen WrayScotland’s portfolio of corporate clients, charitable Trusts and Foundations and UKCF programmes. Helen and her team work to ensure that the programmes delivered meets the needs of the client but also are importantly meeting the need in the communities that we serve.

Originally from Torphins in Aberdeenshire Helen joined Foundation Scotland in 2003 and has held various roles during this time.

Helen has a Masters in Grantmaking Philanthropy and Social Investment from the CASS Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City University London.

When not working, Helen enjoys, travel, reading, walking and spending time with her husband and twin boys.


Jennifer McPhail, Grant Programmes Advisor

Email: Mcphail
Tel: 0141 341 4964

Jennifer joined the Foundation in February of 2005 as Grants Administrator. Previously, she worked for Millar and Bryce Limited for three years, setting up limited companies and charities after completing her HNC in Administration and Information Management.

Jennifer’s current responsibilities include assessing a wide range of applications for a variety of grant programmes and donors. She manages the Comic Relief programmes and the Volant Charitable Trust in addition to a range of smaller trusts and foundations.

When not working, Jennifer is involved with all things health and fitness and can be found in the weights section of the gym most evenings and has even competed in a bodybuilding show. She is currently studying nutrition part time with Mac-Nutrition Uni to qualify as a certified Nutritionist.


Donna Finlayson, Grant Programmes Advisor

Email; Donna
Tel: 0141 280 8695

Donna joined the Foundation in September of 2018. Donna’s current responsibilities include assessing a wide range of applications for a variety of grant programmes and donors. Previously, Donna worked for Simon Community Scotland as a Trust and Foundations fundraiser and so has experience both as an applicant as well as an assessor. Donna manages programmes such as the Scotch Whisky Action Fund and the Nationwide Community Awards in addition to a range other corporate and Trust and Foundation programmes.

When not working, Donna is a volunteer with Quarriers and also a volunteer coach with her local athletics club. As well as learning Gaelic she is currently studying for a qualification in Philanthropy at the University of Kent.


Linda Phillips,  Programmes Administrator 

Linda Phillips

Tel: 0141 341 4960

Linda joined the Foundation in March 2014 as Grant Programmes Administrator.

Previously, Linda worked for Deafblind Scotland. Linda’s key responsibilities included looking after individual donors, maintaining databases, banking and claiming gift aid as well as providing support to the fundraising team.

When not working, Linda spends as much time as she can with her husband, son and family often going camping and spending time outdoors. When she can squeeze in some quiet time (which isn’t often!) Linda likes to indulge in some reading.


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