Events Team
john mercer photo John Mercer
Events Director
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John joined the Events team in November 2007 and is responsible for the safe and successful delivery of the foundation’s portfolio of fundraising events.

John has 17 years international charity fundraising experience. He specialises in managing large-scale outdoor challenge events for companies and individuals having successfully delivered several in the UK and overseas. He has previously worked for Oxfam (in the UK, New Zealand and Ireland) and Age Concern England. John is a keen outdoor enthusiast, having led or participated in teams on expedition in Antarctica, Patagonia, Peru, the Kalahari, Kilimanjaro, Alaska, and the Alps.

Susie Hall
Events Manager
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Having joined the Events Team in January 2006 as Events Administrator Susie's has moved into the position of Events Manager her main responsibility is event planning.

After gaining her B-Tech Degree in Leisure and Recreation Management, Susie spent over four years in London gaining experience as a Team Organiser followed by a position as Events Team Administrator with Macmillan Cancer Relief. She has returned to her home town of Edinburgh to join the Scottish Community Foundation Events Team. Having completed the Great North Run and the London to Brighton Bike Ride Susie is keen to take part in a triathlon in 2007.

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Alex Stewart

Operations Manager

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The Events Team is expanding and Alex joined as Operations Manager for the team in March 2007.


Alex spent almost 34 years in the Army (Black Watch) and has served all over the world in many different places and various positions, including such far flung places as the Falklands, Hong Kong and Iraq.  He even managed to fit in a three year tour of duty in Switzerland which, while not unique, is very unusual. 


Alex has tried most sports in his time, but is now mostly found on a golf course outside of work.

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Ali McKichan
Relationship Manager
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Ali joined the RBS Caledonian Challenge in 2005 and was responsible for co-ordinating all the event photography and filming. Her role has now expanded and she now enjoys the title of Relationship Manager which she hopes does not mean that she is an agony aunt to all the walkers! She looks after all the teams, walkers, marshals and product sponsors for all our fundraising events.

Ali's background is in event management and marketing, mainly in the sports sector.  She worked for 8 years as assistant to a specialist marine photographer, following international yacht races around the globe. Having spent 9 months crewing on a round the world yacht race herself, she is well used to endurance events and while she has no wish to return to the Southern Ocean, she now dabbles in some gin & tonic cruising on her native west coast of Scotland.

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Stuart Moffatt
Marketing Officer
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Stuart joined in March 2007 as the Marketing Assistant, working with both the Events Team on the RBS Caledonian Challenge and the Scottish Community Foundation.  

After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) in Marketing, Stuart has worked in a marketing capacity with a variety of companies. He returned to higher education in 2005 to undertake an MSc in Sports Studies after realising his ambition to work in the sports and leisure industry.  

Outside of work, Stuart enjoys football, football and more football! He also enjoys a variety of other sports and even managed a Scottish Schools Cup medal in his heyday as a rugby player. His other interests include music, reading and the occasional social outing.