Our success depends very largely on the quality of our FEOs. Currently there are 15 FEOs who come from a mixture of backgrounds, but are mainly from a teaching or a financial discipline. What unites all the FEOs is a strong belief in the benefits of financial education, a great enthusiasm for Stewart Ivory's objectives and a highly practical approach.
The FEOs are as follows:-
George Anderson - Highlands & Morayshire
George was educated at Trinity College Glenalmond and then at Edinburgh University where he gained a Bachelor of Divinity. He spent several years working as a ski/sports instructor, a sound engineer, a retail manager and other jobs before settling for a career in teaching. He joined us in 2012 having been impressed by their visits to his school over several years. He now has responsibility for schools in Moray and Highland. George has been passionate about helping young people with money problems since the suicide of one of his friends over debt problems when they were both 16. George is married with three children and his presentations are often illustrated with real examples and figures from their experiences of budgeting as students. George continues to enjoy skiing, fly-fishing, gardening and shopping in charity shops. In the interests of social justice he strives to live a simple and healthy life without excess, except for chocolate.
Craig Campbell - Argyll & Bute, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire
Craig has been working with us since 2013. His main local government areas covered are Argyll & Bute, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and a few Dunbartonshire schools. Craig qualified as a Chartered Accountant, with a varied career across three main employers, Ernst and Young, Lloyds Banking Group and Murgitroyd and Company (Patent Attorneys).
For the last 15 years, Craig has been self employed in a consultancy capacity. His main fields of interest are small business finance and career guidance. He has held a number of non-executive directorships and is increasingly focussed on voluntary work including with the Princes Trust, The Margaret Murdoch Trust and the Children’s Hearings System. Craig is also a Humanist Celebrant delivering wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies.
Ian Gossip - Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
Ian has been involved with us since 2009, focusing on schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
Entering banking upon leaving school in Dundee, he relocated in 1981 to Aberdeen and for the next twenty five years undertook a number of roles within retail, commercial and corporate banking, throughout the North East of Scotland. Thereafter Ian moved on to enjoy a variety of roles within the public sector, the distribution industry, business consultancy.
In 2006 he became a director of Aberdeen College's (now NESCol's) wholly owned subsidiary company, Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training Ltd, which delivers training to predominantly personnel from the worldwide oil and gas industry. He now sits on the Parent company board and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
Ian is married, his eldest daughter, an inspirational and much respected head teacher of an inner city primary school died in early 2016 following a courageous battle with cancer. His surviving daughter and son are both successful journalists in Aberdeen. He has two grandchildren attending primary and senior schools in the area. His non business, voluntary and community interests are wide ranging from embracing motorcycling through to undertaking DIY projects and much in between.
Leonie Griffin - Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders
Leonie has been delivering financial education sessions for us to schools all over Central Scotland since 2007. She is mainly responsible for the Borders Region but also delivers to many schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Leonie was educated at Edinburgh University where she gained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Agriculture. After university, she worked in the Agrochemical Department of the Business Consultancy Unit at County Natwest Woodmac and then in Agricultural Services at Head Office, TSB Scotland plc. Following this, she was appointed as a Lecturer in the Rural Business Management Department at SAC Edinburgh. Leonie is married with two teenage children. Her outside interests include skiing, cycling and art.
Irene Hambleton - The Shetlands Isles
Irene trained with RSM’s predecessor firm in Shetland and worked her way up to be partner of the Lerwick office. Irene looks after mainly owner managed businesses in all sectors based in Shetland but has a particular interest in Fishing, Aquaculture and Port operations and those that supply those industries.
As RSM’s sole partner in Shetland, Irene covers a number of disciplines (audit, accounts, tax and general business advisory) and draws on the support of her fellow specialist partners.
Originally from the North of Scotland, Irene has been in Shetland for nearly 30 years and enjoys the variety of work and weather.
Elizabeth Jamieson, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Fife, North Lanarkshire and Perth & Kinross
Elizabeth has worked with us since 2004. As she is based in Dunfermline she is able to deliver Financial Education in many council areas and enjoys the differing audiences therein.
Educated in Dunfermline, Elizabeth joined the Royal Bank of Scotland from school and spent 13 years with the organisation in a number of roles starting in branch banking to latterly providing business input for development, and then operational support of a banking application for SME and corporate customers. She took voluntary redundancy after the birth of her second daughter and returned to study, gaining a B.A. in Business Management with Accounting from Edinburgh Napier University.
At the outset of Elizabeth’s involvement with us, she undertook a six month voluntary placement with the Citizens Advice Bureau in order to gain an understanding and insight into the impact of debt on people’s lives.
Louise Longhurst - mainly the Central Belt
Louise has worked with us since our inception in 2003. Louise has been responsible for delivering Financial Education to senior pupils in schools throughout the central belt of Scotland including the Council areas of Stirling, Falkirk, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire and the City of Glasgow. Previously Louise has worked in the area of Training and Development in both the Public and Private sectors. Louise is married with two daughters. She enjoys the outdoors and is a keen runner, road biker and orienteer.
Ewan McFarlane - Highlands
Ewan joined us in 2012 and covers schools in the Highlands, together with George Anderson. Ewan’s main work is as a Business and Banking Consultant helping SMEs Highland-wide access funding principally to assist in the acquisition of businesses, together with rescheduling of existing funding to ensure clients remain within bank credit policy. Ewan has access to major High Street Banks as well as Secondary Banks ensuring Clients receive a truly Independent service and arranges asset finance including vehicles, plant, machinery and renewables. Ewan also assists clients in ensuring they are well- informed regarding a range of products including accountancy, insurance, financial protection, merchant services, renewable energy, telecommunications and utilities.
Previously Ewan worked with The Royal Bank of Scotland for 27-years, the last 12 of which was Business Development Manager for the Highlands and Islands, responsible for attracting new Commercial Clients. This gave me exposure to a number of different Sectors which greatly assists me in my current role.
John McLeman - Argyll & Bute, North, South and East Ayrshire, Glasgow and S. Lanarkshire
John has been with the SI project since 2012. John studied mathematics at Aberdeen University before embarking on a teaching career for thirty six years in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, serving the last sixteen years as Depute Head in Port Glasgow High School. He still returns there to play brass with the school wind band. John was widowed in his fifties and was left with a four year old son. This prompted him to take early retirement to spend more time with his son, but left a desire to follow other avenues on a part time basis. After a few years running payrolls for a local accountant he took up the opportunity to return to the secondary school environment with Stewart Ivory and has never regretted the decision. ‘Sixth year pupils are much more interesting and motivating than computer screens covered in payroll data!’ In his spare time John is treasurer of his local church and enjoys playing golf and walking in the local hills.
Alison Oldroyd - Dumfriesshire & Galloway and South West Scotland
Alison started her working life as a PE teacher before resigning to spend time travelling through Australia and New Zealand in her 20s.On returning to the UK she achieved a Post-Graduate qualification from Strathclyde University and moved into working with unemployed young adults teaching them IT and office skills. Employment with the local FE college followed and 27 years later she took early retirement from her post as Head of Faculty.
She has one son. Mike is currently a senior geologist in the mining industry in Australia, and 2 stepchildren: Scarlett in her first year at Uni and Mitch in his final years at school.
Hobbies wise, she loves all things “crafty” and has recently returned to her previous passion – golf. Food and drink also play a large part in her enjoyment of life!
As a relatively new member of our team, Alison says that “she is relishing this opportunity to get back in contact with young people, and working with them to develop their knowledge of finance”.
Adele Campbell - Glasgow
Adele joined us in 2016 and is responsible for delivering financial education to schools in Glasgow. Adele started her career in finance with the Miller Group in Edinburgh, where she began studying for the ACCA accounting qualification. She then went on to work for global accountancy firm Ernst & Young before moving on to an internal audit role with US owned Wyman Gordan after the arrival of her daughter. Adele has moved on from auditing to recruiting accountants for firms across the globe, and runs a successful recruitment consultancy. In her spare time Adele volunteers at her local primary school, working with children on literacy and numeracy.
Catriona Scott - Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders
Catriona joined us at our inception and since then has been responsible for delivering financial education to schools in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. Catriona was educated in Edinburgh and then attended Durham University where she gained a BA in combined honours. Catriona started her career in the City of London as a bond-salesperson working for McLeod Young & Weir (later ScotiaMcLeod), where she specialised in the trading of Canadian Eurobonds and the New Issue market. Catriona then returned to work in Edinburgh for Roderick Sutherland and Partners where she was an institutional bond broker covering the Benelux countries. Catriona is married with three children (two students). Her other interests include the study of wine and she holds WSET Diploma in wine and has lectured on the subject.
Susan Wilson - mainly Lanarkshire (North and South) and Edinburgh
Susan joined us in 2010 and has been mainly responsible for delivering financial education to schools in North and South Lanarkshire. Susan was educated in Edinburgh and worked for the RBS for a total of 34 years. Initially she worked in branch banking, moving on to the mortgage department and then the securities section. Then deciding to move to Spain where she and her husband bought and ran a successful restaurant/bar but returned to Edinburgh due to the imminent arrival of their son. Susan then went back to RBS on a part time basis where she was involved again in branch banking. Her duties latterly being staff trainer and mentor in the Moneysense programme for schools. Susan’s leisure activities include cooking and keeping fit at the local gym.
Karen Scholes - Orkneys
Karen has worked with us since 2012, delivering financial education to the two secondary schools in Orkney and also the Orkney College. Karen graduated from Napier University in 1984, before commencing training with Whitelaw Wells in Edinburgh. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1988, Karen returned home to Orkney to manage AJB Scholes, the accountancy firm started by her late father. Under her direction, AJB Scholes has expanded and developed to become one of the leading accountancy firms in the north of Scotland. A finalist in the 2005 Association of Scottish Businesswomen Awards, Karen is a leading figure in the Orkney business community. Nurturing young people in business is a particular passion, with Karen supporting and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs through her work with Young Enterprise Orkney and the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust.
Mike Davie – Angus and Dundee
Mike joined the FEO team in July 2017 and brings with him a wide range of educational experience from his 16 years in the East Midlands. Mike is a linguist and has taught both French and German throughout his career. He spent 6 years in senior leadership of secondary schools and was laterally an Executive Head Teacher, leading a multi academy trust in the East Midlands. Mike was educated in Angus at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir and graduated from the University of Abertay with a degree in European Business Management. This has been put to effective use throughout his teaching and leadership career and, more recently, to set up an educational consultancy and supply teacher agency servicing schools across the Derby and Nottingham regions. Mike returned to Scotland this year and is very happy to be part of the FEO team and to have the opportunity to rediscover his passions for hill-walking and golf in the beautiful Angus countryside.