Joining the charity in July, Gordon succeeds Colin Flinn who has moved on to become the Chief Executive of the Royal Caledonian Education Trust.
Gordon is leading a team of fundraisers to raise the voluntary income required by Poppyscotland to deliver its range of vital support services for the Armed Forces community. Under Gordon’s remit is the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal. Scotland’s biggest street collection takes place every November and the 2015 Appeal is forecast to raise £2.9million*. In addition Gordon will be developing year-round events and fundraising activity, donor development strategies as well as running the charity’s volunteer and learning programmes.
Before joining Poppyscotland, Gordon spent 16 years working in fundraising agencies and was involved in the development of UK and overseas charities’ individual giving programmes in senior director roles. Prior to this he was a fundraiser for the organisation now known as Worldwide Cancer Research. He began his working life in the RAF, serving from 1988 to 1995 with postings in England, Germany and closer to home at RAF Leuchars in Fife.
Gordon believes that he has come full circle to where his career started. He said: “I am looking forward to be being able to serve again, by supporting the Armed Forces community and ensuring that through the poppy we always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
While the Scottish Poppy Appeal is the Poppyscotland’s largest fundraising event, bringing in two-thirds of the charity’s annual income, one of Gordon’s aims is to raise more money throughout the year. He said: “My goal is to ensure that the wider public understand that we need to be here to support the Armed Forces community all year round and in order to do that we need their support all year round. I want Poppyscotland to be people’s charity of first choice, so that we can make a difference where and when it is most needed.”
In his first month in post Gordon is leading by example by taking on the #22PushUpChallenge in his first month in post to raise funds for Poppyscotland. Watch Gordon’s challenge here