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Director

John Farmer

John Farmer

A native of Edinburgh, John graduated MA (Hons) in Economics from Aberdeen University in 1990 and embarked upon a career in business in the advertising and marketing industry.

In 1998, he took a one year full time MBA at Cambridge University. He then moved to London to work in the technology and telecoms industry providing billing systems to media and advertising clients.  Since returning to Edinburgh in 2008, he has continued his business interests in technology with a more active involvement in the Scottish charitable sector.

John’s involvement with Inspiring Scotland comes from a belief in the need for long term support and funding options as a means of meeting some of the key needs of charities in Scotland. He has a particular interest in investor relations and fundraising activities at Inspiring Scotland as well as the growing development of the social finance sector and the possibilities for the role of social enterprises in the broader Scottish economy.

John has travelled extensively and, in recent years, he and his wife have undertaken annual voluntary working positions with Burmese migrant children on the Thai/Burma border. This has led to an involvement with a number of charities working on the development of education in Burma.

A lover of the Scottish Highlands, hillwalking and outdoor endurance events, John likes nothing more than a long swim in the cold coastal waters or dark lochs of Scotland.

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