Our panel members

Who are the Panel members?

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  • Dr. Alison Elliot | Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh

    Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh

    Alison has a wealth of experience relevant to the role of Chair having worked in the university, the church and the voluntary sector and is Associate Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh.

    In 2004, she became the first women to be elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. She has wide experience of representing the church in ecumenical and public affairs at a national and international level.

    While serving as Convenor of SCVO, she was appointed to the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services in Scotland and chaired a review of land reform for the Scottish Government, which led to the 2016 Land Reform Act.

    She chairs the Advisory Board for What Works Scotland, is on the External Advisory Board for the Open University in Scotland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

    In December 2016, she was awarded the lifetime achievement honour at the Holyrood Public Service Awards.

  • Dr. Jay Butler | SCVO Trustee

    SCVO Trustee

    Jay brings a wealth of varied experience to the Panel gained through senior roles across the public and private sector. As an SCVO trustee, she is engaged in the work of the third sector in Scotland.

    In addition to skills ranging from Organisational Strategy to Change Management Audit and Risk Management, she also brings fundraising experience, having worked as a fundraising manager for the RNLI for 3 years.

    She is also a non-executive director on the board of NHS 24 and a trustee of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

  • Sheila Logan | Experienced Data Protection Adviser and Trainer

    Experienced Data Protection Adviser and Trainer

    Sheila has extensive knowledge of data protection gained through experience in the private and public sector. Currently employed in a temporary support role within NHS Fife, she previously worked as a Data Protection Manager in the Legal, Risk and Compliance Division in the City of Edinburgh Council. Here, she had responsibility for developing policies and procedures and ensuring the Council meet statutory obligations under the Data Protection Act.

    Previously she worked as a senior policy officer and operations manager with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

  • Cathy Bell | Director of Development and Alumni, Glasgow University

    Director of Development and Alumni, Glasgow University

    Cathy has worked in University Development for over 28 years. Currently Director of Development and Alumni Services, and Secretary of the University of Glasgow Trust, she has also served as a Trustee on the Board of the Merchants’ House of Glasgow, and contributes to the Ross Group and the Caledonian Group (which she formerly chaired).

    As Director of Development, she now manages the Development and Alumni Office’s twin objectives of fundraising and alumni engagement.

    She has responsibility for overseeing the University’s development and alumni mission which has included the successful campaigns for several buildings including the Wolfson Medical School, SCENE and the BHF Cardiovascular Building and most recently the Wolfson Wohl Building through the successful Beatson Pebble Appeal.

  • Michelle Armstrong | General Manager, Hearts & Minds

    General Manager, Hearts & Minds

    Michelle works as the General Manager for Hearts & Minds, an arts-in-health charity.

    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.

    She also oversaw the development and delivery of Community Fundraising activity across Scotland, including the delivery of The Glasgow Christmas Carol Concert and Relay for Life events in Caithness and Shetland.

  • 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 currently 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.

  • Valerie Surgenor | Partners, Macroberts Law Firm and Chair of Aberlour Childcare Trust

    Partners, Macroberts Law Firm and Chair of Aberlour Childcare Trust

    Val is a Partner at Macroberts Law Firm, 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.

  • 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’.