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Staff

Staff

Drawing on expertise from across the private, voluntary and public sectors, our passionate staff are dedicated to a better Scotland.

Performance & Impact Advisor - Autism

Albany Wallace-Martinez

Albany is passionate about any work that supports people to live out a fulfilled life. Albany was inspired to study Psychology and Sociology at university after her childhood experiences...

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Programme Manager - Delivering Equally Safe

Allison Crawford

Allison is driven by a determination to improve the lives of those supported by Inspiring Scotland. With more than 20 years’ experience operating at an executive level within FTSE...

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Programme Manager - Equality and Human Rights Fund

Allison Mathews

Allison leads the Equality and Human Rights team. She brings over 25 years of experience of the community and voluntary sector, and has worked within a variety of settings,...

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Communications Officer

Amy Davidson

Amy is passionate about the difference social media can make in the third sector when communicating  causes and messages. Amy recently completed a masters course in Strategic Communication and...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Delivering Equally Safe

Amy McLaren

An enthusiastic advocate of social entrepreneurship as a tool for sustainable change, Amy is committed to fostering the development of innovative ideas that have the potential to make a...

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Programme Manager - Link Up

Andrew Magowan

Andrew is a passionate advocate for the ability of people and communities to do big things and change society for the better. He leads on our Link Up programme...

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Fund Manager - CashBack for Communities

Arran Dewar

Arran is motivated by a desire to tackle the deep social issues faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Scotland. A qualified Chartered Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience...

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Fund Manager - SiRD

Ashley Drennan

Ashley is passionate about the ability of the voluntary sector to have a real impact and improve people’s lives. She has spent more than 15 years working in the...

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Fund Manager - Autism

Bee Vellacott

Bee has a strong belief in the power of collaboration and using bold ideas to improve the lives of those supported by Inspiring Scotland. Before joining Inspiring Scotland Bee...

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Fund Manager - Cashback for Communities

Ben Thompson

Ben joined Inspiring Scotland in November 2021, bringing 20 years of experience from across fund management, local government, small business and third sector organisations to the management of the...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Communities

Catriona Patterson

Catriona is passionate about the role of collaboration, innovation and creativity in addressing social challenges. She combines her experience in public, private and third sector policy and practice in...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Equality and Human Rights

Chris Smith

Part of the Promoting Equality and Cohesion team, Chris is passionate about the ability of the sector to change lives for the better and challenge inequality and discrimination. Since...

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Programme Coordinator – Autism and Learning Disabilities funds

Chris Timmins

Chris is passionate about fighting for inclusion, equality and diverse representation for all. Chris was inspired to apply to be an intern for the Autism and Learning Disabilities funds...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Employability

Claire Griffiths

Claire is a Business Studies graduate who has worked within several multinational organisations, with experience in Projects, Resourcing, Team Management and Business Support. After several years progressing her career in...

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Facilitator - Creative Communities

Danielle Gordon

Danni recently joined the Creative Communities Fund Team as a Facilitator after working on the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund Team. Danni brings 15 years of experience, vibrancy...

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Fund Manager - Intandem

Debbie Zima

Debbie has an insatiable curiosity for how finance can be used to help vulnerable people and communities and has spent 20 years in the social investment sector.  This journey...

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Fund Manager - Our Future Now

Duncan MacKechnie

Having started a long and varied career on the fishing boats around Oban and Mallaig, Duncan’s hard-working attitude and strong team spirit make him a great fit for Inspiring...

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Communications Manager

Eilidh Watson

Eilidh is an enthusiastic advocate of the third sector in Scotland. As an experienced communications professional, Eilidh strives to broaden the influence of Inspiring Scotland and the organisations we...

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Executive - Specialist Volunteer Network

Elaine Crichton

Elaine is passionate about collaborating to make things happen and her enthusiasm is reflected through the many successes of our Specialist Volunteer Network programme. With natural warmth and enthusiasm,...

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Programme Manager - Creative Communities

Erica Judge

Part of the team behind Creative Communities, a new fund launching in 2020, Erica brings with her over 20 years’ experience in change management, financial strategy and commercial delivery...

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Fund Manager - Survivors Of Childhood Abuse Support

Fiona Dunlop

Fiona started her career in marketing and fundraising and loved it so much that it led to a 20-year career in the third sector. She has worked in senior...

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Fund Manager - Autism

Fiona Scott

Fiona brings over 30 years of private, public and third sector business and economic development expertise to her role within Inspiring Scotland. Her experience includes setting up and running...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Equality and Human Rights

Gemma Craigie-Sharland

Passionate about volunteering and the difference it can make, Gemma began her career as a biochemist, eventually making a career change into community development as a result of her...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Equality and Human Rights

Holly Byron-Staples

Holly has a background in third sector organisational development and is a passionate advocate for the positive outcomes that can be achieved when communities have the resources they need to...

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Business Process Manager

Iain Clarke

Iain is very excited to harness the inspiring Scotland model to intensify and amplify the passion and innovation that exists in the third sector. He brings 10 years’ experience...

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Fund Support Officer - Delivering Equally Safe

Irene Glasgow

Originally from Lancashire Irene moved to Scotland in the 80’s.  Irene has  worked within the voluntary sector in varying roles for over 35 years.   She has a huge wealth...

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Intern - Creative Communities

Jackie Hoefnagels

Jackie is an artist and creative community enthusiast living and working in Glasgow. Their degree in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art has cultivated their passion for...

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Finance Assistant

Jacqueline Rice

Jaqueline began her working life as a civil servant in September 1975. During a long and varied career at the Department of Health and Social Security, Jacqueline specialised in...

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Fund Manager - Survivors of Child Abuse Support

Jane Whitworth

Jane is driven by a desire to create lasting social impact and improve people’s lives. She is constantly inspired by the creativity and resourcefulness of the charities she works...

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Fund Manager - SiRD

Jill Fraser

Jill is inspired by the dedication and determination shown by the charities in the Inspiring Scotland portfolio. After over 20 years in marketing and communications across a variety of...

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Intern Development Officer - Intandem

Josh Hurd

Josh Hurd joins Inspiring Scotland as a Programme Development Officer Intern for the intandem fund. An enthusiastic team player, Josh is looking forward to contributing his knowledge and experience...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Delivering Equally Safe

Laura Anderson

Laura joins Inspiring Scotland from the sport sector having worked across a number of areas including operations, governance and development. In her most recent role as a Community Project...

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Fund Manager - Perinatal & Infant Mental Health

Leanne Anderson

Leanne is passionate about the power of entrepreneurial thought and action to drive social change. After a brief time working in a marketing and business development role, Leanne studied...

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Senior Communication Officer

Lisa Dorstek

Lisa is a big believer in the power of great communications to bring about meaningful change. Throughout her career, she has helped third sector organisations amplify their communications, by...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Equality and Human Rights

Louise Heathcote

With an extensive background in finance and credit control at organisations such as Scottish and Newcastle, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, and City of Edinburgh Council, Louise has worked as...

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Fund Manager - Our Future Now

Louise Stevenson

Louise believes in getting the best from people to help them to have the greatest impact on Scotland’s most vulnerable people. On board since the very beginning, her expertise...

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Fund Manager - Island Communities Fund

Lucy Conway

Lucy has worked in creative and community development in the Highlands and Islands for over 35 years and feels incredibly lucky to call one of Scotland’s islands her home....

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Fund Manager - Thrive Outdoors

Mairi Ferris

Mairi has long been  a passionate advocate for children, play and the natural environment.  She brings a wealth of experience in early years, childcare, children’s rights, workforce development and quality improvement. Prior to joining Inspiring...

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Fund Manager - Link Up

Marie-Amélie Viatte

Marie-Amélie strongly believes in harnessing the potential of individuals and communities to make the world a better place. Working in our Link Up fund, she focuses on tackling inequality...

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Fund Manager - Perinatal & Infant Mental Health

Marsaili Fraser

Marsaili believes passionately in building a fairer and more equal society and increasing wellbeing and opportunities for children and young people. She works with Inspiring Scotland to deliver the...

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Fund Manager - Thrive Outdoors

Melodie Crumlin

Melodie has over 20 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector and has long been a passionate advocate for children’s play, community arts and youth work. In 2000,...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Delivering Equally Safe

Monika Sharma

Monika is part of the Delivering Equally Safe team and brings extensive experience in the third sector gained over 25 years in a variety of settings both at an...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Equality and Human Rights

Nadia Aslam

Passionate about bringing real change to communities in Scotland, Nadia believes in equal opportunities for all and is a firm believer in the power of collaboration to achieve lasting...

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Human Resources Administrator

Natalia Sarmadzhieva

Natalia has 15 years’ of experience in luxury retail management across different continents. Her love and passion for supporting, coaching and developing people, naturally drove her career towards Human...

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Financial Controller

Nicola Rutherford

Nicola brings a wealth of finance and accounting experience to Inspiring Scotland, including an MA in Accounting from Aberdeen University. After training as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Nicola progressed...

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Performance & Impact Advisor - Delivering Equally Safe

Norma Norris

Norma is part of the Delivering Equally Safe team and brings extensive experience in the third sector gained through a range of development and support roles within local and...

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Executive Assistant

Peter Jones

Peter’s role encompasses executive support to the chief executive and senior team, as well as supporting on finance, and as a first point of contact for the organisation. He...

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Intern - Equality & Human Rights

Saira Banu

Saira joins Inspiring Scotland as an Intern with the Equality and Human Rights Fund, as part of the Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme conducted by the John Smith Centre....

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Fund Manager - Learning Disabilities Fund

Sally Cavers

Sally has 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector building services that uphold the rights of children and young people with additional support needs and their families. She...

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Office and Facilities Administrator

Sam Clerke

Bringing to bear a variety of experience, Sam is passionate in his work and is keen to make a difference in the world. Having worked a variety of jobs...

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Fund Manager - CashBack for Communities

Sam Linton

Sam brings more than 30 years’ business development and organisational acumen to managing Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme. With experience at executive level and across a variety of...

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Fund Support Officer - Thrive Outdoors

Sarah Scott

Sarah has recently graduated from the University of Strathclyde where she studied Business Administration and Business Enterprise. Sarah’s studies, combined with her extensive voluntary experience have provided Sarah with...

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Fund Manager - Healthy Islands Fund

Sheena Borthwick-Toomey

Most recently, Sheena has held the posts of Development Director for the Arran Economic Group and Operations Director for the Arran Development Trust. The majority of Sheena’s career has...

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Projects and IT Executive

Steve Falla

After graduating with an Honours degree in Marketing Management Steve spent two years working and travelling overseas. On returning to Edinburgh he took up a position with the Lloyds...

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Fund Manager - Intandem

Susie White

Susie believes in the power of bringing people and sectors together to solve problems. Studying social entrepreneurship in America ignited Susie’s interest in the third sector and the benefit...

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External Engagements Coordinator

Tommy Seymour

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Geology and Physical Geography, Tommy enrolled on a Field Engineer graduate programme with an oilfield service company. Following...

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Finance Manager

Yvonne Wallace

After starting her career in the private sector, Yvonne developed her passion for working in the third sector after taking up a post with Marie Curie Cancer Care. After...

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