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 | Area Fundraiser, MS Society Scotland
Area Fundraiser, MS Society Scotland
Katie has been a professional community fundraiser for three years, and a voluntary fundraiser since 2011.
As a community fundraiser at a cross-border organisation, Katie brings valuable experience of the associated issues.
Kirsty Connell-Skinner | Development Manager, University of Strathclyde
Development Manager, University of Strathclyde
Kirsty has worked as a fundraiser in a variety of organisations, including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Peter de Haan Charitable Trust. She is currently 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 involvement in the sector as a Trustee.
Matthew Middler | Fundraising Development Manager, Royal Caledonian Education Trust
Fundraising Development Manager, Royal Caledonian Education Trust
Matthew brings his experience of working as a sole fundraiser, and his understanding of the challenges facing small charities to the Panel.
Michelle Armstrong | Chief Executive Officer, Hearts & Minds
Chief Executive Officer, Hearts & Minds
Michelle works as the CEO for Hearts & Minds, a Scottish arts-in-healthcare charity that uses performing arts to reach the person behind the illness.
She previously worked as a community fundraiser for Cancer Research UK. Her role was to develop and build long term partnerships with groups and associations, individuals and volunteers at a local level, encouraging and supporting people to fundraise 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.
John Downie| Director of Public Affairs at SCVO
Director of Public Affairs at SCVO
John brings with him an extensive knowledge of Third Sector issues in Scotland, and is a member of the Scotland Advisory Board for Home Start, and former Chair of the Board of Trustees at Impact Arts. He is Alumni of Cranfield School of Management and a Common Purpose Graduate.
Annemarie Devlin | Head of Fundraising, Sense Scotland
Head of Fundraising, Sense Scotland
Annemarie has been head of fundraising at Sense Scotland since 2010. Before this, 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’.