Our people

Poppyscotland employs a team of 38 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, an ever-growing programme of year-round fundraising and ensure that vulnerable ex-Servicemen and women get the help they need, when they need it.

Every pound you donate is vital, which is why we run ourselves in the most efficient way possible. The executive team reports to the Director General of the Royal British Legion group, and ultimately to the RBL Board of Trustees. To view the full list of Trustees please click here.

Below is an introduction to our senior management team and they are happy to be contacted directly to discuss their relevant area of expertise with you.

To view our full staff directory, including contact details, please click here.

 

Mark Bibbey

Mark Bibbey, Chief Executive            

Mark Bibbey took up the post of Chief Executive at Poppyscotland in 2016. Previously he was CEO of Venture Trust, a Scottish based charity delivering wilderness-based personal and social development to people in, or at risk of entering the criminal justice system. Before that, he was a Royal Marines’ officer, retiring in 2010 after a 30 year career.

During his last 10 years of service in the Royal Marines, he commanded a unit in 3 Commando Brigade, was Director of Commitments in HQRM, Chief of Staff to an operational HQ, attended the Royal College of Defence Studies and spent 6 years in diplomatic posts, firstly in Pakistan and latterly in New York.

Telephone: 0131 550 1543  Email: m.bibbey@poppyscotland.org.uk

 

Pamela Beattie

Pamela Beattie, Head of HR & Administration 

Pam joined Poppyscotland as Head of HR and administration in 2015.  As Head of HR and Administration Pam 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.

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

 

Gary Gray

Gary Gray, Head of Welfare Services

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.

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

 

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Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising

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.

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

 

 

Jennifer McCartney, Head of Finance

Jen joined Poppyscotland as Head of Finance in 2018. She is responsible for reporting the income and expenditure of the organisation, supporting the business with decision making by providing financial information and managing the everyday finances of the charity.

Jen started working in Finance after leaving school at 17. After passing a raft of exams with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Chartered institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) she obtained her CIMA letters in 2003. Throughout her career in Finance, Jen has held positions in organisations such as the NHS, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail and Charitable Trusts. She also ran a consultancy business as a Management Accountant and worked with a wide range of clients.

Telephone: 0131 550 1545  Email: j.mccartney@poppyscotland.org.uk

 

Fraser Bedwell

Fraser Bedwell, Head of Marketing

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’s department 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.

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

 

Charlie Pelling

Charlie Pelling, Lady Haig Poppy Factory Manager

Charlie was appointed as Manager of the Lady Haig 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.

Telephone: 0131 550 1570 Email: manager@lhpfscotland.org.uk

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