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Giles Ruck
Chief Executive
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Giles’ background is in the training and development of young people, chiefly the excluded and those with special needs. He holds a B.Ed. (Hons.) in Applied Education.

He has worked for the Foundation since 2001, previously leading the grants programme and also undertaking fund development roles. Appointed Chief Executive in 2004 he is responsible for delivering the strategic vision of the Foundation’s Board. This includes ensuring effective leadership of the Foundation’s staff teams and prudent stewardship of fundholder resources, which ultimately support Scottish communities.

His first task was to reshape the organisation to provide exemplary services for existing fundholders and to widen the reach of the Foundation to new fundholders.

Somehow he also finds time to test his body in various adventure sports and has been known to pack his trainers during the Caledonian Challenge weekend, “just on the off chance!”

Development Team
daljit singh photo Daljit Singh
Development Director
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Daljit has ten years of experience in fundraising, having previously worked at Children in Scotland, Cancer Research UK and The University of Edinburgh. He heads the Development Team, working and meeting with the Scottish Community Foundation’s wide range of supporters.

A graduate of the universities of Strathclyde and Edinburgh, Daljit lives in Edinburgh and enjoys playing and watching football, squash, and takes a great interest in anything relating to food and eating!


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Development Manager
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Gill is the contact for any queries from current fundholders and professional advisers. She has been with the Foundation for over three years, initially as a Grants Officer followed by a stint in Administration & Human Resources. Gill's previous employers include the World Health Organisation in Geneva and NATO in Brussels and she recently completed a course in Voluntary Sector Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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Corporate Development Manager
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Virginia joined the Development Team in 2007 as the Corporate Development Manager.  Originally she joined the Scottish Community Foundation as a Grants Officer in July 2005 having worked previously as a fundraiser for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. She came to the not-for-profit sector after ten years of volunteering and was a trustee of a charitable youth organisation.   

She graduated from St Andrews University with an MA (Hons) History of Art, recently completed the Open University Business School’s course in Winning Resources and Support, and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. 

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Dale Gormley
Development Assistant
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Dale joined the Foundation in January 2007 working with both the Development and Events teams. In November 2007 he joined the Development team in a full-time capacity.

Having previously worked in the Financial Services sector for 6 years, with both Scottish Life and the RBS Group, he has now recognised his ambition to work within the charitable sector. Whilst working for RBS he completed the 2005 Caledonian Challenge. Dale is a keen fundraiser and has volunteered with many charities such as The Prince’s Trust, Fairbridge and Whizz-Kidz.

In his spare time Dale enjoys football, but also finds time for golf and the odd ramble in the Pentlands. He has a passion for reading (being a self-proclaimed ‘Lord of the Rings’ boffin!) and loves to socialise with friends and family.


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