Bruce Tait has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years and has recently been named as a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. Following roles as Director of Fundraising and Chief Executive at several Scottish charities, Bruce set up BTA in 2003.
Abeer was a broadcast journalist for 20 years until she followed her heart and moved to the Third Sector. She became the Head of Fundraising for Mary’s Meals and has also worked at senior management level for the NSPCC and Children in Scotland. Her specialisms include organisational development/restructuring, communications and fundraising. Abeer has also been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International for her charitable work.
Director of Consultancy
Gavin Davey is the Director of BTA Consultancy, having previously worked as one of BTA’s senior consultants. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Gannochy Trust, one of Scotland’s biggest grant givers. His role involved assessing charities’ performance, from business planning to delivery, and advising on their strategic direction. He 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. He has a background in lecturing and tutoring strategic planning and campaign management. Gavin manages BTA Consultancy services and leads our UK-wide expert team of Associates. He was appointed 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.
Senior Recruitment Manager
Having held senior positions at Aberlour Child Care Trust, Scottish Epilepsy Initiative and Ardgowan Hospice, Lesley has worked for charities for almost 20 years. She has worked across a broad range of fundraising disciplines, but has particular experience of donor development and mass marketing. Lesley has successfully led recruitment campaigns for dozens of charity roles.
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.
Higher Education Recruitment Manager
Before joining the BTA team as a Recruitment Manager, Karen ran her own Business Development and Marketing company for over 12 years helping smaller businesses to grow and flourish by supporting them with their business development plans, marketing and social media. Prior to this she worked with a multi-national research agency as a Senior Research Executive. Karen now manages recruitment campaigns with a specific focus on recruitment in Higher Education and Independent Schools as well as being involved in the delivery of the business development strategy for BTA.
Ceara is a recent University of Glasgow School of Law graduate. Having previously worked in Insurance at Harper Macleod LLP, Ceara is delighted to have taken on the role of Researcher and Administrator for BTA. 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.
With a strong background in administrative roles, Kelly is delighted to have taken on the post of Recruitment Administrator with BTA. She is passionate about helping charities however she can, from helping to organise donation drives to volunteering her time, and was on the charity committee in her previous role.