Our Team

Our Team



Jane Salmonson, Chief Executive 

Jane joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in November 2015. She came to us from CBM UK, where she worked as Regional Programmes Manager, Southern Africa.  She previously worked as Co-ordinator for L’Arche Overseas Development and CEO of Mercy Corps Scotland.  She has been an active participant in our activities throughout her career in international development.  Prior to joining Mercy Corps in 2000, she worked for SCVO and led the establishment of the then new community foundation for Scotland, now known as Foundation Scotland.

Jane has postgraduate degrees from the University of Edinburgh in International and European Politics and in African Studies.  She lives near Lanark.

Email Jane or call 0131 281 0895



Sophie Buxton Burns, Finance and Administration Manager

Sophie joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in 2016, having previously worked internationally for organisations involved in peacebuilding and human rights in Russia, Central Asia and Nepal. Prior to joining us she was managing a small charity promoting global citizenship education amongst children and young people in Scotland. Sophie holds an MA in International Relations and an MSc in International Health, and speaks Russian, German and some Nepalese.

Sophie is responsible for management of our Board meetings, accounts and financial record keeping, event administration, human resources and office facilities.

Email Sophie or call 0131 281 7374



Lewis Ryder-Jones, Policy, Advocacy & Communications Officer

Lewis joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in 2017, having previously worked in policy and campaigning for a prominent HIV charity in Scotland. Earlier in his career he has worked in West Africa, South America and the Middle East with large and small British-based NGOs. Lewis is devoted to affecting positive societal change and has broad knowledge of the political and policy landscape at home and abroad. He holds an MA in Modern European Languages and Politics and an MSc in Comparative Public Policy, both from the University of Edinburgh.

Lewis is responsible for enabling and facilitating our members’ collaborative work on international development policy. He is also responsible for managing our communications, including the website, newsletter, annual reports, and other information resources.

Email Lewis or call 0131 281 0896



Sarah Conway, Membership Services Manager

Sarah joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in 2017, having previously worked for the University of Edinburgh; creating partnerships with charities and businesses to develop student employability.
Prior to that Sarah worked for a range of voluntary organisations in Scotland, China and Canada, driven by her passions for connecting people and for conservation. Sarah holds a BSc in Zoology from Edinburgh University and grew up working on a sheep farm.

Sarah is responsible for broadening and building the membership base as well as for developing new membership services, leading on events management and serving as the main interface between the organization and its members.

Email Sarah or call 0131 281 0881



Sofia Pira, Communications & Administration Assistant

Sofia joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in 2018, having previously done an internship with International Voluntary Service as the last part of her BSc in Politics. During her studies, Sofia developed a special interest in International Development and Corruption in particular, and wrote her thesis on Anti-Corruption in Botswana. Sofia graduated from Linnaeus University, Sweden, in February 2018. Apart from her interest in International Development Sofia has a great interest in music and plays the guitar and sings whenever she gets the chance.

Sofia is responsible for providing support with our communications, including social media and our website, as well as providing general administrative support.

Email Sofia or call 0131 281 0897

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Philippa Ramsden, Effectiveness and Learning Manager

Philippa joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in 2018 having previously worked overseas for 17 years. She has lived and worked in humanitarian and development contexts in Rwanda, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Mongolia with Save the Children International and with VSO in Nepal. Philippa’s early career was in community development in Glasgow before studying as a mature student at the University of Glasgow for her MA (Hons) in French and Russian. Prior to moving overseas in 2000, she worked for the City of Edinburgh Council’s European and International Unit.

Philippa is responsible for designing, developing and implementing the Effectiveness and Learning Programme’s portfolio of services. The Effectiveness and Learning Programme includes virtual and face-to-face and online learning and training activities, mentoring programme, Working Groups and has the overall purpose of supporting Alliance members to manage their overseas programmes to a high standard.

Email Philippa or call 0131 281 0894

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