Our Team

Our Team

Frances.pngFrances Guy, Chief Executive

Frances Guy joined the Alliance in 2021, after a long career in diplomacy and international development.  She was born and educated in Scotland, Italy and Canada before embarking on an international career that has taken her principally to the Horn of Africa and the Arabic speaking world, including Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.  Frances worked for Christian Aid between 2014 – 2017 as head of their Middle East team based in London.  Most recently she was gender team leader for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) regional office in the Arab states.  She was Representative for UNWomen in Iraq from May 2012 to December 2014 and before that she had a long career in the British Diplomatic Service during which she served as British Ambassador to Lebanon (2006 -2011) and to Yemen (2001 -2004).    

Frances hold overall responsibility for the operational management of the organisation. This includes leading the development of the Alliance’s strategy and business plan, and overseeing the delivery of both.

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Lewis Ryder-Jones, Deputy Chief Executive 

Lewis joined the 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 iNGOs. 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 shares with the Chief Executive the role of representing the organisation in the public domain and supports operational management across the organisation. He is responsible for enabling and facilitating our members’ collaborative work on international development policy and  holds overall responsibility for our communications, including the website, newsletter, annual reports, and other information resources.

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Philippa Ramsden, Effectiveness and Learning Manager

Philippa joined The Alliance in 2018 having previously worked overseas for 17 years. She has 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.

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Francis headshot 3.jpgFrancis Rodgers, Membership Engagement and Development Manager

Francis joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in July 2021 having spent the previous six years at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) where he was Head of Membership. Working to a mission of delivering sustainable, inclusive economic growth, he has a wide network across the private, public and third sectors, and extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and business development.

Francis studied philosophy and politics at the University of Glasgow and after spending much of his early career in the private sector is firmly focussed on delivering the Alliance vision of ‘Scotland for a fairer world’, maximising value for our members and expanding the profile and influence of the Alliance to a wider audience. Francis leads on member and stakeholder engagement, growing the membership and developing partnership and collaboration opportunities for The Alliance.

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ellie-pic (1).pngEllie John, Programme Support Officer

Ellie joined the Alliance as Programme Support Officer in October 2021, after serving as Organisational Development Advisor for the Americas with the International Federation of the Red Cross. Prior to this, she worked with civil society organisations in operations, fundraising and capacity building.

She is keenly interested in issues surrounding migration, resilience and institutional strengthening in the Global South, and completed her postgraduate studies in International Cooperation and Conflict at the University of Stirling.

Ellie’s areas of responsibility include programme support for the Alliance's core work streams, as well as data collection and management to inform our organisational planning, impact and effectiveness.

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Kat Court, Digital Communications and Events Coordinator

Kat joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in October 2021, joining us from a local charity providing support for people and families living with HIV.  Kat previously worked for a social enterprise bringing yoga and emotional wellbeing to vulnerable communities, and is passionate about grassroots community organising as a way to bring about global justice.

Kat studied Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, before completing her postgraduate studies in Social Justice and Community Action at the University of Edinburgh.

Her role involves leading on all of our digital communications to our members, external stakeholders and the general public, and providing logistical, digital and administrative support for a range of member events including networking meetings, working groups, training sessions and conferences.

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Deirdre Headshot.jpgDeirdre Muldowney, Finance and Administration Officer

Deirdre joined the Alliance as Finance and Administrative Officer in November 2021 from a local community development trust working to support local economic, environmental and social development. Prior to this, Deirdre worked for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, an organisation established to support awareness and commitment to sustainable development in Scotland through Fair Trade.

Deirdre studied Fine Art in Ireland, then travelled and worked abroad before returning to complete a Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Development, focusing on the long term impact of international food aid, primarily in Ethiopia.

As Finance and Administrative Officer, Deirdre will be responsible for the internal management of financial, governance, administrative and HR functions. 

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