Staff and volunteer team

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. 


Deirdre Muldowney, Development Manager


Deirdre is from Ireland and completed a Degree in Fine Art, Sculpture in 2003. Following this, Deirdre spent a few years travelling and working in administrative and managerial roles not in any way related to Fair Trade or even the Third Sector. As a result of travelling she developed an interest in ethnic minorities and development - which lead to her decision to return to university in 2008 to complete a Masters in Anthropology and Development. She focussed on the effects of food crisis relief and its consequences from the perspective of the recipient by spending three months in a village stricken by recurrent food crisis in northern Ethiopia. The outcome of this research was a confidence in alternative, particularly economic, approaches to tackling poverty - like Fair Trade. She joined the Forum in 2010, and likes nothing better than a good swim and going out for a nice meal - restaurant recommendations welcome!


 Colleen Tait, Engagement and Communications Officer


Colleen Tait

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! 


Ryan Docherty, Administrative Assistant



Ross Isdale, Market and Networks Intern


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.


Schools Team

Angela Oakley - Schools Volunteer - Angela works remotely on our Fair Trade work in schools.

Sarah Aldred - Schools Co-ordinator - Sarah works remotely co-ordinating our Fair Trade work in schools.


Campaigns and Communications Team


Hazel Oakley - Campaigns and Communications Volunteer -

Annika Sinner - Public Affairs Volunteer -



There are no volunteer vacancies at this time.