About me

I am an experienced senior manager in the private and voluntary sectors.

I am one of the few people to have run a truly profitable mass market web hosting and domain name registration business. It never incurred any debts and always ran on positive cash flow.

I am one of the few professional fundraisers who has worked across the full range of fundraising roles. From emptying static collecting boxes and organising flag days to soliciting big gifts from wealthy individuals & foundations and managing staff fundraising teams.

My fundraising career started in 1988 with my appointment as a community fundraiser with the RNIB. After studies at Edinburgh University I returned to work on large fundraising appeals, including the launch of Fairbridge in Scotland and the re-branding of the RSSPC as Children 1st.

From this I went on to other roles including Fundraising and Marketing director of a large conservation charity and Fundraising Manager of an HIV & AIDS charity.

Having found a need for good quality, but reasonably priced, web hosting in my work I founded Hostroute.com Ltd in August 2000 with an initial investment of £200. The company's brands grew to become one of the most recognised web hosting companies in the UK at that time with separate brands operating in the USA and Canada.

In 2007 the company was sold to Ultraspeed UK Ltd (now part of the Six Degrees Group) and I was appointed as group Marketing Director, as well as being a controlling shareholder and board member. Hostroute continued to trade as part of Ultraspeed, while I took a wider role in the combined company.

In September 2009 I left Ultraspeed to return to the voluntary sector. I worked for the Eric Liddell Centre for 14 months where I combined work in fundraising, marketing, social media and web development. This resulted in  a considerable improvement in their financial performance.

In December 2011 I combined my voluntary sector experience and my private sector management skills with my appointment as manager of Eco-Congregation Scotland.  This was initially a one year appointment funded by the Scottish Government overseeing the organisations move from a voluntary body  to a registered charity and expanding its work. I have now secured a further three years of government funding with an 30% increase to allow us to develop the organisation further.

Ultraspeed was sold to the Six Degrees Group in 2012 and the Hostroute part of the business was separated off and sold to Paragon Internet Group. Both are still trading.

CV
My full CV can be found here.

Businesses I have held positions with
Hostroute.com Ltd (Managing Director)
Ultraspeed UK Ltd (Marketing Director)

Voluntary sector organisations I have held positions with
Eco-Congregation Scotland (Manager - current appointment)
Waverley Care Trust (Fundraising Manager)
Scottish Conservation Projects Trust - now BTCV (Fundraising and Marketing Director)
Vetaid (Fundraising and Marketing Manager)
Fairbridge in Scotland (Fundraising Research Assistant then Regional Development Manager)
The Moredun Foundation (Fundraising and Marketing Manager)
RNIB (Regional Fundraiser)
Eric Liddell Centre (Fundraiser)

My qualifications
I have a degree in Theology from Edinburgh University (LTh).
I also hold an HND in Communication studies, comprising Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising.

Professional memberships
I am a full member of the Institute of Fundraising (MinstF).
I am a member of ACOSVO (Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations).