Ali is responsible for the strategic development of the UK team and oversees the development and delivery of our UK investment portfolio with a specific focus upon Developing Young People in Scotland. She leads the management team to ensure that our partners and investments align with the strategic objectives of the Foundation and our Trustees. Ali represents the foundation at a national level to deliver an investment strategy aligned to Scotland’s ambition for a successful and thriving workforce of the future.
Ali’s professional career has been committed to forging, developing and managing opportunities for young people to grow, be challenged and realise their potential, passionately believing in achieving these through partnerships and collaboration.
Alistair oversees all financial and commercial activities in both the UK and East Africa for The Wood Foundation group, including all joint-venture subsidiaries. Although based in Aberdeen, Alistair travels regularly to East Africa and the majority of his work relates directly to our ‘Transforming Livelihoods through Venture Philanthropy in Africa’ portfolio. A large proportion of his time is spent on financial due diligence, long-term financial planning, and commercial and legal negotiation for new projects.
Alistair qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and was Director of Finance for the largest independent accounting firm in Scotland before joining The Wood Foundation.
Georgea is responsible for the strategic development and operational management of Excelerate and Global Learning Partnerships (GLP), committed to identifying opportunities for collaboration and empowering transformational pedagogical approaches in Scotland’s schools.
Georgea was one of The Wood Foundation’s first team members, joining in 2008.
She is accredited by the Association of Facilitators as a Level 2 Facilitator.
Gayle is The Wood Foundation’s Education Director, responsible for ensuring the alignment of our curricular interventions with national priorities, drivers, and frameworks. She works directly with practitioners, leading our professional learning offering.
Gayle was previously National Education Officer for the RAiSE programme. Her background is in secondary education, initially as a biology teacher and then as Curriculum Lead for Science in her setting, and lead teacher for biology for City of Edinburgh Council. Gayle has been a member of the Qualification Design and Verification teams within SQA.
Suzanne manages communications for The Wood Foundation, profiling our expertise and programmes to key stakeholders and audiences through platforms including press relations, publications, social media, marketing and web content. She also supports our investees with their communications requirements.
Suzanne spent 10 years managing PR and communications for a diverse range of third and private sector clients within agencies, including five years managing her own consultancy business.
Melanie is responsible for creating and maintaining The Wood Foundation’s impact management system and sharing the learning from all programmes and investments by embedding measurement tools into everyday practice. She works closely with colleagues to ensure data capture processes are streamlined in line with organisational and national policy.
Melanie comes from an action research background, specialising in impact management throughout the third sector.
Employed by The Wood Foundation and based within Education Scotland, Laura is the strategic lead and programme coordinator for Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE).
Laura anchors the network of Primary Science Development Officers, works closely with local authority partners to develop the ambitions of their primary STEM strategies, leads on the cultivation of relationships with interested local authorities and creates resources, learning materials and professional learning opportunities.
Her background is in primary education. Laura was previously PSDO in Falkirk and has held a number of pastoral and STEM positions in her settings.
Lucia leads on partnerships related to our YPI programme. She works alongside our network of likeminded funding partners to ensure maximum benefit is being derived from the investment for the organisations and the young people involved in the programme. She is also the dedicated point of contact between YPI and third sector organisations. Alongside this partnership focus, Lucia is involved in the operational delivery and development of YPI.
Lucia’s career has focussed on connecting businesses and education in order to support experiences and engagements which create mutual benefits.
Alongside Lynsey Brosnan, Alex is responsible for the operational delivery of YPI and the coordination of the regional facilitation team across Scotland. Her role also includes providing implementation support to rural schools; providing one-to-one support sessions and developing YPI resources.
Alex previously held a variety of positions within private and third sector organisations which focused on the development of young people.
Angela is responsible for all management and statutory reporting for The Wood Foundation, including a number of group entities. She also works closely with the finance team in Africa on third party funder reporting.
Angela qualified as an accountant in 2002 and worked in the profession for 23 years before joining The Wood Foundation.
Carolyn manages administration across The Wood Foundation’s portfolio of activities. She oversees and develops our systems and processes, as well as being a key contact of our YPI funding partners. Carolyn works closely with the management team providing support and reporting, as well as overseeing contract management and compliance. Carolyn leads on our IT provision and oversees HR administration.
Carolyn has previously held public and third sector administration roles.
Olivia supports the administration team, completing a number of key tasks in relation to our UK office, programme, and investment activities. With a focus on our YPI programme, Olivia is responsible for processing grants to our recipient charities.
Layla is responsible for coordinating operational activities and professional learning, as well as supporting the delivery of the Excelerate investment. She is the dedicated point of contact for Excelerate schools and works closely with the management team, as well as supporting the ever-growing team of Business and Community Support Officers.
Layla has held a number of senior administration roles, including previously working with our YPI programme.
Heather covers operations for the East of Scotland region (Fife, Dundee, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, Clackmannashire) for our YPI programme. She has a background in early years education, and previously worked with educators and volunteering on a STEM learning programme.
Gary covers operations for the West of Scotland region (Glasgow. East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, Argyll & Bute) for our YPI programme. Gary served in the Royal Navy for 26 years as an engineer. Since then, he has worked across a number of sectors supporting employability.
Laura covers operations for the South-east Scotland region (Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders) for our YPI programme. Laura’s background is in education and public engagement with a focus on STEM and opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Lynn covers operations for Central Scotland region (Falkirk, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire) for our YPI programme. Lynn has more than 20 years’ experience of working in the third sector, including 12 years with YPI.
Mark covers the South-west Scotland region (Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway) for our YPI programme. Mark has a background in educational outreach programmes related to STEM.