Martin Rhodes, Chief Executive
Martin became involved with Fair Trade through campaigning on a number of international development and trade justice issues. He was a founding member of the Glasgow North Fair Trade Group which joined with Fair Trade campaigners from across Glasgow to form the Glasgow Fair Trade Steering Group. He was elected as the Chair of the Glasgow Fair Trade Steering Group and later the Glasgow Fair Trade Co-operative. In September 2010, Martin was appointed as the Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.
Ross Isdale, Development Manager
Ross is from Glasgow and has recently graduated from Edinburgh University studying Business Management. After completing courses in social and sustainable entrepreneurship and international cultural and business strategy, he became fascinated by international development in emerging markets, corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line. This interest was further established and explored through his dissertation which analysed the Scotch whisky industry and the underdeveloped regulatory environments found in emerging markets. Fresh out of university, he is excited to make his mark within the third sector. In his spare time, he enjoys boxing and playing badminton.
Colleen Tait, Engagement and Communications Officer
Colleen first became interested in Fair Trade when she took a module in economic development as part of her languages degree at University. This interest led her to gain work and volunteering experience with a range of community and international development organisations in Scotland and abroad. It was whilst working as a community workshop facilitator with Xchange Scotland that she became especially interested in community engagement theories and practice. Colleen is keen to combine this community development knowledge with her language skills and passion for Fair Trade to help The Forum reach as wide an audience as possible. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys running!
Catherine Newman, Administrative Assistant
Catherine became interested in Fair Trade while writing her Masters dissertation about tourism development in World Heritage Sites. She worked for a number of years in project management for international conservation and international development organisations, and she is currently undertaking an MSc in Learning for Sustainability. Catherine enjoys combining her skill in administration, with her background in sustainable development to support the activities of the Forum.
Angela Oakley - Volunteer Schools Co-ordinator - Angela works remotely on our Fair Trade work in schools.
Sarah Aldred - Volunteer Schools Co-ordinator - Sarah works remotely co-ordinating our Fair Trade work in schools.
Campaigns and Communications Team
Hazel Oakley - Campaigns and Communications Volunteer
Mara Fehling - Public Affairs Volunteer
David Hendry - Campaigns and Communications Volunteer
Summer Interns 2019
Rachel McGovern - Development Assistant Intern
Rachel is currently studying a Master’s degree at Strathclyde University for International Business with French. Various classes have allowed Rachel to learn how businesses continually develop their long-term plans and systems which enabled her to gain an interest in Corporate Social Responsibility. Therefore, organisations that strive to be more responsible and ethical are extremely important to her. She is enthusiastic to help The Forum and hopes to use her MRS Certificate in Market and Social Research to discover market expansion opportunities throughout her internship. Outside of work, Rachel is an avid reader and enjoys running.
Please see our Vacancies page.