Our panel members

Who are the Panel members?

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  • Chair, Valerie Surgenor | Partner, Macroberts LLP 

    | Partner, Macroberts LLP 

    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.

  • 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 | Trusts & Grants Manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

    Trusts & Grants Manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

    Zoë has worked as a professional fundraiser for a variety of causes since 2012. Her voluntary sector roles have covered various forms of fundraising including trusts and statutory, community, corporate, events, individual giving and legacies. She currently works as a Trusts & Grants Manager for the RNLI.

  • 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.