Joint Chief Executive
It all began with Bruce’s vision. After a successful career as fundraising director and chief executive at several Scottish charities, he spent four years doing consultancy work around the world.
In 2003 he set up Bruce Tait Associates - now BTA - to fill a gap in the market and to be based on his experiences of how charities should be treated.
After 25 years in the voluntary sector, he is regarded as one of its most authoritative voices and is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising.
Bruce’s focus now is on turning BTA into a global company in the charity careers sector.
He’s no stranger to leading from the front - gravel-voiced Bruce has been playing bass and singing in bands for 30 years.
Joint Chief Executive
Abeer was a broadcast journalist for 20 years, working on and presenting many news and current affairs programmes on BBC Scotland radio and TV.
When she left the Beeb, she vowed to spend the rest of her working life helping charities to achieve their full potential.
Abeer became Head of Fundraising for Mary’s Meals and then worked as a senior executive for the NSPCC and Children in Scotland.
She was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International for her charitable work.
Abeer specialises in organisational development and restructuring, communications and fundraising. But you can talk to her about anything - she is always happy to chat.
Director of Consultancy
Gavin knows all about matching the right consultant to a charity’s needs - he was one of BTA’s senior consultants before joining us full-time.
He was Chief Executive Officer of The Gannochy Trust, one of Scotland’s biggest grant givers. There his role involved assessing charities’ performances - from business planning to delivery and advising on their strategic direction.
Gavin also has a strong background of charity leadership, having served as CEO of one of Scotland’s most respected and successful charities, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.
Throw in his background in lecturing and tutoring strategic planning and campaign management, and you can see why Gavin is uniquely placed to lead our UK-wide expert team of Associates.
He was awarded an OBE in 2004 for military service.
Development Manager and Database Consultant
Lynn has worked for charities for over 17 years. Having held senior fundraising posts with Poppyscotland, Scottish Autism and the Royal Blind School, she has particular skills in event fundraising, project management, communications and database development. Lynn provides expert advice and consultancy solutions for all database systems but specialises in eTapestry and The Raiser’s Edge. Lynn is on the Board of Camelon Community Project and spent many years as a Cadet Leader and a Combat Infantry Soldier in the Territorial Army.
Mavy Giust Williamson
Charity Relationship Manager
Mavy joins BTA team as the new Charity Relationship Manager. Prior to this, she ran her own change management and sales enablement consultancy with a focus on training and coaching.
She knows BTA extremely well as she acted as a Consultant to support the company’s growth. Her role will be as the principal liaison with our charity clients and to share with them our unique and exceptional offering.
Passionate about music as a graduate from the London College of Music, she is also a volunteer with Sistema Scotland, Make a Big Noise.
Kirsty has spent most of her career in the not-for-profit and public sectors, working in event management, event fundraising and business administration and development. Kirsty has a Masters degree in the Arts and combines her passion for the Arts with the charity sector by the voluntary work she carries out for Artlink Central, including being part of their Fundraising Committee. Now part of the BTA recruitment team, Kirsty manages recruitment campaigns for BTA’s valued clients.
Ceara is a recent University of Glasgow Law graduate. Formerly BTA’s Recruitment Executive, Ceara is delighted to have taken on the role of Business Manager. Ceara has recently returned from a round-the-world trip. Her experiences have left her with an increased passion for charity work and she is delighted to be a part of BTA’s support of the third sector.
PA to the Joint Chief Executives
A recent graduate from the University of Exeter, Faye has volunteered with a number of local and international charities. From helping RDA (Riding for the Disabled) to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Faye is passionate in supporting the third sector. With experience in fundraising and recruitment, Faye is a valuable addition to the team.
Having studied history as an undergraduate, Laura recently returned to education and is very nearly finished a Masters in Political Science. Having worked in retail throughout her studies, Laura is enjoying a new career route with BTA and learning about the wonders of the third sector.