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.
Senior Consultant: Governance & Strategy
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.
Director of Consultancy
Andrew draws on a 25 year career in the social sector. As Chief Executive of Lloyd’s TSB Foundation (now Corra Foundation) he pioneered many initiatives which supported capacity development in charities and social enterprises. Andrew went on to establish Inspiring Scotland, a world renowned venture philanthropy organisation which he led as Founding CEO. Since 2014 Andrew has been part of a global team supporting the growth of philanthropy initially in Asia and more recently Africa and Central Europe.
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.
Head of Recruitment
Emma brings with her over 15 years of voluntary sector experience, her most recent role being Head of Scotland for Bowel Cancer UK. Service programme development and delivery, creating award winning education tools and volunteer programmes has meant that Emma has a wide ranging pool of experience. Her roles have been in Services, Policy, Education and Organisational Operation and Development. This depth of experience has given Emma a passion for the sector and she is therefore delighted to be able to support charities in finding the right people to help them achieve their mission.
As Head of Recruitment, Emma will ensure that BTA are able to meet the recruitment needs of our clients. Forging supportive relationships with charities across Scotland to enable them to recruit and retain the absolute best staff possible. Emma has her eye over all BTA recruitment campaigns and is the steady steer for all activity from proposals through to placement and beyond.
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.
Senior Recruitment Manager
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,
Kimberly joins BTA as Recruitment Manager following 5 years at Beatson Cancer Charity. Being with the Charity since their inception Kimberly fully understands the importance of recruiting the right people to each role. Setting up the Charity in her role as Head of Operations and HR she has created strategies for Human Resources, IT and Governance and been involved extensively in everything from funding to fundraising whilst building a large team across many functions.
After 12 years in construction Kimberly joined the third sector and is now delighted to be a part of the BTA team and working with such a wide variety of clients to meet their tailored need and help them build their successful teams. Having been a client of BTA for the past 5 years she knows first-hand the benefits of our all-inclusive recruitment service and is looking forward to working with you.