Who are the Panel members?
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Chair, Valerie Surgenor | Partner, Macroberts LLP and Chair of Aberlour Childcare Trust
| Partner, Macroberts LLP and Chair of Aberlour Childcare Trust
Val is a Partner at Macroberts LLP, specialising in Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Charity Law, heading up the firm’s Charities and Third Sector practice. She has been listed in Who’s Who Legal for IT for the last seven years. She is also an accomplished writer in this area, co-authoring two chapters of the American Bar Association’s “RFID’s, Near-Field Communications, & Mobile Payments A Guide for lawyers” on European data protection laws. She started her career in the voluntary sector, primarily in the area of homelessness and addiction. Having joined Aberlour Child Care Trust’s Board in October 2009, she was appointed Chair in 2014.
Katie Bruce | Corporate Partnerships Manager for Scotland, NSPCC
Corporate Partnerships Manager for Scotland – NSPCC
Katie has been a professional fundraiser for four years, and a voluntary fundraiser since 2011. She volunteers as a committee member on the IOF’s Scottish Community SIG. As a corporate fundraiser at a cross-border organisation, Katie is able to bring valuable insight to the panel.
Kirsty Connell-Skinner | Senior Development Executive, Edinburgh Napier University
Senior Development Executive, Edinburgh Napier University
Kirsty has worked as a fundraiser in a variety of organisations, including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Peter de Haan Charitable Trust. She was a Trustee at Gorgie City Farm, and spearheaded their successful crowdfunding campaign to save the Farm from closure in 2016. Kirsty’s experience of working in University fundraising and with major donors benefits the Panel, alongside her past involvement in the sector as a Trustee.
Michelle Armstrong | Head of Operations, Playlist for Life
Head of Operations, Playlist for Life
Michelle works as the Head of Operations for Playlist for Life, the UK’s leading music and dementia charity. She was previously the CEO for Hearts & Minds and a community fundraiser for Cancer Research UK.
Paul Drury | Fundraising Manager, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund – SCIAF
Fundraising Manager, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund – SCIAF
Paul works as the Fundraising Manager for SCIAF, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland. He is also an experienced charity trustee, having previously been Vice-Convenor of Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council (EVOC) and a board member of the Charity Retail Association. He previously worked with Bethany Christian Trust in two key roles. Firstly as Director of Operations where he held responsibility for half of Bethany’s social care service including the visiting support service in Edinburgh and outreach drop-in services in Aberdeen and Dumfries and then as Director of Income Generation and Development where he was responsible for maintaining relationships and maximising income generation for the organisation through strategic leadership.
Annemarie Devlin | Consultant, ACA Philanthropy and Fundraising
Consultant, ACA Philanthropy and Fundraising
Annemarie is a Consultant with ACA Philanthropy and Fundraising. Her role involves working with a variety of charities based throughout the UK, delivering and supporting the concepts behind ‘Great Fundraising’. Prior to this, Annemarie was Head of Fundraising at Sense Scotland for nine years. Previously she worked as a Corporate Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent. She therefore has a wide-ranging knowledge of fundraising in Scotland. She is also the former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland’s Standards Committee. In 2016, she won the Institute of Fundraising ‘Fundraising Excellence Award’.
Zoë Barbour | Grants Manager, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Grants Manager, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Zoë works in the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Development team, with a focus on grant fundraising and corporate sponsorship. Her voluntary sector career started in Aberdeen in 2012 with Inspire before moving on to CLAN Cancer Support. Zoë’s fundraising roles have covered individual giving, legacies, events and community fundraising.
Gillian Mackay | Policy Officer, British-Irish Council
Policy Officer, British-Irish Council
Gillian is a Policy Officer at the Secretariat of the British-Irish Council, an intergovernmental body established as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. She previously worked at the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) for nine years, and so has broad experience with charity regulation in Scotland. During her time at OSCR, Gillian was seconded to the Secretariat of the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel, and was integral in establishing its policies, procedures, fundraising complaints process and social media presence.