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 Aliance’s strategy and business plan, and overseeing the delivery of both.

Email Frances or call 0131 281 0897


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 operatonal management accross 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.

Email Lewis or call 0131 281 0896

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Philippa Ramsden, Effectiveness & 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.

Email Philippa or call 0131 281 0894

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Cecilia Corcoran, Finance and Administration Manager

Cecilia joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in October 2018.  Having worked in the third sector for over 30 years, she has gained experience of both local, national and international voluntary organisations from a range of thematic areas and now enjoys being part of the Alliance.

Cecilia has responsibility for the development and maintenance of the our financial and administrative systems and internal policies. This includes book-keeping, coordination of budgets and financial reporting to the Chief Executive, our Finance Committee and our funders.

Her role also involves coordination with the Chief Executive on all matters relating to the Board of Trustees; management of human resource requirements and general office administration.

Email Cecilia or call 0131 281 7374

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.

Email Francis or call 0131 281 0897

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