Our people

We employ a team of staff who are dedicated to ensuring the Armed Forces community in Scotland receive the best care and support possible.

Together the team oversees Scotland’s largest annual fundraising campaign, the Scottish Poppy Appeal, as well as an ever-growing programme of year-round fundraising, ensuring that vulnerable ex-Servicemen and women, and their families, get the help they need, when they need it.

Senior Management Team

Our Senior Management Team is happy to be contacted directly to discuss their relevant area of expertise with you, please find more information and contact details below. They report to the Director General of the Royal British Legion group, and to our  Board of Trustees.

Mark Collins, Interim Chief Executive

  • Call: 0131 550 1543
  • Email: m.collins@poppyscotland.org.uk

Mark took up the post of Interim Chief Executive at Poppyscotland in July 2020. Previously he was senior manager in The Royal British Legion’s Operations function with broad experience of welfare, operational delivery and working with multiple stakeholders. He has also led the Veterans’ Gateway consortium project. Before that, Mark served in the Royal Air Force, and he has lived, worked and served in Scotland.

During his last eight years in the Royal Air Force, Mark was the project manager for the implementation of the revised catering delivery services across all stations and he commanded the Catering and Clothing Directorate from the Headquarters in High Wycombe. In addition, during this time he completed two operational tours to Afghanistan, initially as the British Military Contingent senior catering officer in Helmand province where he served with 12 Mech Brigade and latterly within the USMC (1 MEF) Headquarters element with responsibilities for infrastructure and agriculture.

Pamela Beattie, Head of HR & Administration

  • Call: 0131 550 1544 
  • Email: p.beattie@poppyscotland.org.uk

Pam joined Poppyscotland as Head of HR and Administration in 2015. She is responsible for providing a professional, efficient and compassionate HR and administration service to Poppyscotland, the Board and the linked organisations. This includes recruitment, training and HR policy development and implementation. She is also responsible for ensuring the provision of central administrative support to the organisation(s), including reception/admin, managing the Estate and ensuring Health & Safety compliance.

Prior to joining Poppyscotland, Pam worked in a variety of HR roles within the Civil Service in Scotland.

Gary Gray, Head of Welfare Services

  • Call: 0131 550 1593 
  • Email:g.gray@poppyscotland.org.uk

Gary returned to Poppyscotland in October 2011 following a year as the Deputy Chief Executive at Erskine. Prior to this he filled his current role at Poppyscotland for nearly 5 years. Before entering the voluntary sector, Gary had a varied career in the Royal Air Force in which he served for nearly 24 years. He was primarily employed in the human resources field and in the latter stages also worked as a Housing Estate Manager, Office Manager to the Chief Executive of the Royal Air Force and finally, as a Project Manager in the Veterans Policy Unit in the Ministry of Defence where he was involved in delivering the Government’s Veterans Programme.

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising

  • Call: 0131 550 1551
  • Email: g.michie@poppyscotland.org.uk

Gordon joined Poppyscotland in July 2016 as Head of Fundraising. His main responsibilities centre on leading a team of fundraisers to raise the voluntary income required by the organisation, including the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal. The Education & Learning and Volunteering functions also fall under his remit.

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.

Fraser Bedwell, Head of Marketing

  • Call: 0131 550 1582 
  • Email: f.bedwell@poppyscotland.org.uk

Fraser joined Poppyscotland as Head of Marketing in 2009. Fraser is responsible for raising the profile of the organisation’s year-round work, including the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Fraser also oversees all external communications, retail operations and the charity’s IT infrastructure. Prior to joining Poppyscotland he worked in various roles in sports marketing, most recently as Regional Director for corporate sports firm activitymix. Between 2004 and 2006 Fraser was Marketing Manager for Scottish Rugby having spent the previous six years with the Scottish Claymores American football team, latterly as Director of Marketing.

Donna Holligan, Head of Finance

  • Call: 0131 550 1545 
  • Email: d.holligan@poppyscotland.org.uk

Charlie Pelling, Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory Manager

Charlie was appointed as Manager of Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in January 2007. Prior to that he spent 23 years in the Royal Tank Regiment and served all over the world. Aside from regimental duty he served at the Junior Leaders Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps as a Squadron Leader, as an SO2 Weapons, responsible for the introduction of Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank into service. His final tour was in command of the British Liaison Team on entry into Kosovo.

 

Thank you

We are so grateful for all the donations which we have received over the past year. Every pound you donate is vital. Our work would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters. This is why we run ourselves in the most efficient way possible.

Read our latest annual report to find out more about our work and our plans for the future. 

You can find more research and reports filed in our archive.

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