The success of The Stewart Ivory Project very largely depends on the quality of its financial education officers (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.
CV details of most of the FEOs is set out below together with their contact details.
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 SI 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. His youngest son has just gone into second year at Napier University. 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 is now in his third school year delivering the Stewart Ivory financial education programme. His main local government areas covered are Argyll & Bute, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and a few Dunbartonshire schools. Craig is 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 almost 12 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 the SI project since 2009, focusing on schools in Aberdeen and the North East. After gaining his MCIBS professional qualification at Dundee College in 1976, Ian then studied taxation, accounting and management through a pilot project. After relocating to Aberdeen, Ian then worked in retail, commercial and corporate banking throughout the North East of Scotland. Thereafter, Ian has taken on a variety of roles within the public sector, the distribution industry and business consultancy. Since 2006, Ian has been a non-executive director of Aberdeen Skills and Enterprise Training Ltd, a subsidiary of North East Scotland College, joining the Parent board in 2011 where he now chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Ian is married with three grown up children - head teacher and two journalists. Non business, voluntary and community interests are wide ranging embracing motorcycling through to (badly) doing DIY projects, and much in between.
Leonie Griffin - Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders
Leonie Griffin has been delivering financial education sessions for the Stewart Ivory Project 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 East and West Lothian. 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.
Elizabeth Jamieson, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Fife, North Lanarkshire and Perth & Kinross
Elizabeth has worked with the Stewart Ivory Foundation 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 Stewart Ivory, 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 the Stewart Ivory Project since its 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; one is “off the payroll” having graduated and begun a career as a Geologist, the other is in her final year of an Engineering Masters. Louise is actively involved in Scottish Orienteering and is the Secretary of her Club.
Ewan McFarlane - Highlands
Ewan joined SI 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 chairman of the local scout group 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 resigned and 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 new member of the SI team, she is relishing this opportunity to get back in contact with young people, and working with them to develop their knowledge of finance.
Helen Day - Western Isles
Helen covers the Western Isles local government areas. She is a Chartered Accountant with a varied career across retail and financial services organisations such as Denholm Seafoods Ltd, Fords the Bakers Ltd and latterly at the RBS headquarters at Gogarburn in Edinburgh. During her 10 years at RBS she managed various divisional level projects and worked in the Central Bank Reporting Team providing group wide disclosures to the Bank of England and Central Bank of Ireland.
In the last year, Helen has been self-employed in accounting services and consultancy on the Isle of Benbecula in the Uists. She is also a Director in a voluntary capacity with the Eilean Dorcha Festival Ltd. This is a first of its kind venture in the Uists aiming to nurture local musical talent, attract tourists to the area as well as providing some amazing entertainment to the locals.
In her spare time, Helen enjoys walking her dog on the many stunning beaches and entering her prize winning chickens in agricultural shows throughout Scotland.
Sandra Morrison-Low - Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire & Kinross
Sandra Morrison-Low has worked with the Stewart Ivory Project since its inception in 2003. Since then, Sandra has been responsible for delivering financial education to schools mainly in Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire. Previously, Sandra was in the financial services industry for 20 years, working with various firms in London and as country business head for Switzerland based in Zurich. Sandra’s final position was as Chief Executive of Citibank Scotland. During this time, Sandra was asked to become one of the first mentors in a programme run for students at Edinburgh University. Sandra has held a number of board positions including Scotland’s Colleges and the Prince’s Trust in Fife. Sandra currently sits on the audit committee for Dundee University and is a panel member and signatory for the Youth Business Trust, part of the Princes Trust.
Adele Campbell - Glasgow
Adele joined Stewart Ivory 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 the Stewart Ivory Project at its 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 the Stewart Ivory Project in 2010 and has been rsponsible 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 successfull 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 the Stewart Ivory Project for the last 3 years, delivering financial education to senior 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.