Our panel members

Who are the Panel members?

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  • Kirsty Connell-Skinner | Panel Chair   

    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.  

  • Zoë Barbour |  Vice Chair 

    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.  

  • Lesley Boyd | Director, Pitch Perfect Ltd & Affiliate Consultant, Marts & Lundy UK

    Director, Pitch Perfect Ltd & Affiliate Consultant, Marts & Lundy UK

    Lesley has enjoyed over fifteen years in fundraising with a strong focus on principal, major, corporate and legacy giving and on helping charities and their boards be the best that they can. Lesley is Director of Pitch Perfect, Ltd and an Affiliate Consultant with Marts & Lundy UK, providing management, consultancy and leadership coaching services primarily to the cultural and education sectors. Lesley’s eclectic career has included music performance, arts management and production. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.