Committees
 The three committees who report to the Board of Trustees are:
Development Committee
Alan Harden photo

Alan Harden
Chair

Alan Harden, 46, became Chief Executive of the Alliance Trusts in January 2004. He was previously with Citigroup Asset Management in Japan, where he was Managing Director and Head of the Asia Pacific Region between 2000 and 2003, and he has a wealth of experience with companies like Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC.

Alan holds dual British and US nationality. He is married with one son and lists his leisure interests as golf, skiing, triathlon and other endurance sports as well as collecting antiquarian golf books.


fiona henshall photo Fiona Henshall
Vice Chair
Development Committee


Fiona ‘retired’ early from full time employment in March 2004.  Prior to that, she had been a partner in PA Consulting Group, was a senior director in EDS (a global IT outsourcing company) and latterly a Director of Wood Mackenzie, the Edinburgh headquartered research and consulting house.  

Fiona is continuing to put her consulting skills to work on an ad hoc basis with different commercial organisations, but she wants to use her time to ‘give something back’ by focussing her time on charitable work.  She has recently been appointed to the Executive Committee of Tweeddale Association of Voluntary Organisations and is currently looking at a series of volunteer opportunities around her home base of Peebles.  

Fiona is married to Ken and enjoys travel, friends, the outdoors, reading, films and music.

Anne Boyd
Development Committee

Anne Boyd has many years experience in the voluntary sector including working as Director of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service for Scotland. She is Chair of the SCF Board of Trustees and is also a trustee of other national charities: The Atlantic Salmon Trust, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Fund.

Having been a transatlantic fellow in the US, Anne is an enthusiastic promoter of the Community Foundation model of philanthropy and is Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation Network, the umbrella body for the movement in the UK.

She also has a passion for opera, entertaining and reading.

  Hamish Buchan
Development Committee

Hamish is also Chair of the SCF Finance & General Purposes Committee, having been a trustee since 2002. He spent most of his career as an investment trust analyst with Wood Mackenzie & Co and its successor owners in Edinburgh. In 1999 he decided to broaden his horizons and has developed a portfolio of company directorships, charitable trusteeships and educational support.

He is on the Board of five investment trusts, with a wide range of investment mandates and is currently Chairman of the Association of Investment Companies.He has been a Trustee of the Stewart Ivory Foundation, focusing on financial education in Scotland.

He was also a governor of Dollar Academy and a director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools, stepping down from both organisations in 2004.

He is married with four stepchildren and keeps busy with his nine grandchildren! His other interests are golf, curling, travel and antiques.

Emily Stair
Development Committee

Emily Stair (nee Stonor) is a co-founder of the Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust. She was the Chief Executive of Beacon until June 2006, when she became a Trustee. Established in 2002 to recognise individuals who make exceptional contributions to charity, it was described by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown MP, as the 'Nobel Prize of the Charity Sector'.

Emily first become involved with philanthropy and the voluntary sector in 1997 when she worked as a consultant to a number of charitable initiatives, including Pilotlight and the Institute of Philanthropy, where she researched and investigated barriers to and opportunities for giving in the UK, and was a Council Member.  

Previously she worked as Head of Marketing and Communications for the Science Museum and for eight years at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. Emily is married and lives in South West Scotland.  She is a Trustee of the Scottish Community Foundation and the Wigtown Book Festival, and is the Patron of Home-Start Wigtownshire.

Grantmaking Committee
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Helen Mackie
Chair
Grants Committee


Helen is Chair of the SCF Grants Committee and chair of the Voluntary Assessors' Panel. She is a specialist in all aspects of communication and personal development. Formerly she was Scottish Training Manager for WRVS, responsible for organising training for volunteers and paid staff. Later Helen was Business Manager at Hedgefield Management Centre, running tailored training and consultancy services.

Helen is now self-employed in providing support and advice to businesses throughout the Highlands and Islands. She is also involved in a number of bodies whose focus is community development, including past Chair of the HIE funded Women @ Work project, and a member of Highland Children's Panel. She is also an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Based in Inverness, she is married to Ken and has two adult sons. Her leisure interests revolve round the theatre, classical music, dance and hill walking.


 
susan robinson photo Susan Robinson
Vice-Chair
Grants Committee

Susan Robinson joined the voluntary sector in 1985 after six years in the WRNS.  She has worked as a Fundraiser, Appeals Manager, Director of Fundraising, Assistant Director of Sense Scotland and Managing Director of Fundraising HQ Ltd, a Fundraising Consultancy.  Her consultancy clients have included Amnesty International, British Red Cross, Capability Scotland, Leonard Cheshire and Trees for Life.  She has worked throughout the UK, in Denmark, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.  For the past six years she has worked as an Assessor of candidates for the Certificate in Fundraising Management, the professional qualification for fundraisers through out the UK.  She is also a Licensed Trainer and Mentor.  

Married to Mike, she spends all other time as far away from a computer as possible - ideally on a yacht off the west coast of Scotland!


Heather Batsch
Grants Committee

Heather’s involvement with the voluntary sector began over 20 years ago as a volunteer committee member/office bearer on a range of local community organisations in Cambridgeshire and the Scottish Borders, as she brought up her two children. She enjoyed the involvement so much that, on returning to work, she re-qualified with a post-graduate diploma in community education from Dundee.

Heather now combines her earlier experience in education and business with her community development training as the p/t area manager (Roxburgh) for The Bridge, a Council for Voluntary Service in the Scottish Borders, providing development support to a wide range of voluntary organisations and social enterprises. She is also the p/t co-ordinator of a consumer research project in respect of the digital tv switchover in the Borders, for the Scottish Consumer Council.

She likes to keep busy and in her leisure hours she enjoys DIY, gardening and travel, as well as spending time with family and friends.
 


 
Michael Cunningham Michael Cunningham
Grants Committee

Michael works as an Accountant for Forward Scotland, a charity which promotes sustainable development throughout Scotland. He also provides support to Forward Scotland’s subsidiary Company, the Millennium Forest for Scotland Trust. He previously held posts as a Local Government internal auditor. He is a non-executive director of a not-for-profit Company which operates a day centre for the elderly in his native Lanarkshire.

Michael is married with two children and is a keen cyclist and amateur cook.

 
Emma MacKenzie
Grants Committee

Born in 1953, Emma went on to study Art History and Philosophy at Reading University.  Following this she moved to Scotland in 1976, living first in Aberdeenshire and latterly in Perthshire and Inverness-shire. During this time she was owner/manager of French Restaurant and subsequently set up and ran an Interior Design business in the Highlands. She was a Director of Newbie Salmon Fisheries and involved in many aspects of wildlife management and tourism. Currently she is a member of the National Trust for Scotland (North East Region), a regional committee member for Scottish Gardens Scheme, a grant assessor for the Scottish Community Foundation and on the Children’s Panel for Highland region, and Patron for Marie Curie Cancer Care.  

Emma has 5 children and whilst they were growing up she became involved in local playgroups, Sunday schools, Community Council and became of governor of a prep school.  After all this she still has time to indulge her interests including creating a garden at 1,160 feet, (now open for S.G.S.), hill walking and trekking, tennis, and playing bridge in the winter.


 
Fiaz Khan
Grants Committee

Fiaz has worked in the EM voluntary sector since 1990. His initial area of expertise was in working with EM communities in accessing funding and developing training programmes. His remit also consisted of working with clients to assist in accessing employment and training opportunities. While in the Ethnic Minority Enterprise Centre he worked very closely with the chief executive to ensure that the aims and objective’s of the organisations were being met.  He also served on SCVO grants committee that initiated the ESF Objective 3 programme

 

After leaving EMEC Fiaz took over a managerial role at the Youth Counselling Services Agency. At the Agency he managed all aspects of the organisation. After 3 successful years at the agency he then moved into the private sector where he managed and ran a travel agency for 2 years. Currently Fiaz works at CEMVO Scotland where he works part time and manages the Minority Civic Congress.

 

Fiaz is married and has four lovely children who keep him going.


             Iain Rorke
Grants Committee

 


Marian Thomas
Grants Committee

 
Sandy Thomson
Grants Committee

Sandy has been involved with the Scottish Community Foundation as a voluntary assessor since February 2004 and has been a Grants Committee Member since April 2005.  Sandy developed a keen interest in the voluntary sector whilst working as a Grants Officer at the Community Fund for three years.  She is currently employed as Committee Services Manager of a Glasgow-based Housing Association and provides services and support to a number of voluntary-run Committees and their members.    Outside work, most of her time is spent carrying out various motherly duties, although she has recently enjoyed taking part in a lively German conversation class!
Finance & General Purposes
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Hamish Buchan
Chair
Finance and Administration

Hamish is Chair of the SCF Finance & General Purposes Committee, having been a trustee since 2002. He spent most of his career as an investment trust analyst with Wood Mackenzie & Co and its successor owners in Edinburgh. In 1999 he decided to broaden his horizons and has developed a portfolio of company directorships, charitable trusteeships and educational support.

He is on the Board of six investment trusts, with a wide range of investment mandates and is currently Chairman Elect of the Association of Investment Trust Companies.

He has been a Trustee of the Stewart Ivory Foundation, focusing on financial education in Scotland. He was also a governor of Dollar Academy and a director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools, stepping down from both organisations in 2004. He is also a Trustee of the Scottish Community Foundation.

He is married with four stepchildren and keeps busy with his nine grandchildren! His other interests are golf, curling, travel and antiques.


 
annie boyd Anne Boyd
Finance and Administration

Anne Boyd has many years experience in the voluntary sector including working as Director of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service for Scotland and is Chair of our Board of Trustees. She is also a trustee of other national charities: The Atlantic Salmon Trust, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Fund. Having been a transatlantic fellow in the US, Anne is an enthusiastic promoter of the Community Foundation model of philanthropy and is Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation Network, the umbrella body for the movement in the UK.

 
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Hamish McCall-Smith
Finance and Administration

Hamish has a company secretarial role and runs the Finance function of the Foundation. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992 after training in the offices of BDO Binder Hamlyn in Edinburgh. Subsequently he worked as a Management Accountant with Tayside Health Board in Dundee and then as Finance Manager at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen. He joined SCF as Financial Controller in November 2002. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and, just as importantly, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.


 
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Giles Ruck
Finance and Administration

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!”


 
David Williams
Finance and Administration
 


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