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.
Colleen Tait, Engagement and Communications Officer
Colleen works with campaigners across Scotland and on the Forum’s communications to develop support for Fair Trade. Prior to the Forum, she volunteered and worked for not-for-profits in Scotland and abroad, using her language skills and pursuing her interests in community development, sustainability and sport. In her spare time, she enjoys running.
Catherine Newman, Administration Assistant
Catherine worked for a number of years in project management for international conservation and international development organisations. She became interested in sustainable development while researching the impact of tourism on indigenous people; and she is interested in global learning and has a Diploma in Learning for Sustainability. Catherine enjoys combining her skill in administration, with her background in sustainable development to support our activities.
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Board of Trustees
Charles Sim (Chair)
Charles is a member of the East Ayrshire Fair Trade Group. He has been active in the Co-operative and credit union movements for over 25 years. He is a Director of Fenwick Weavers and has an interest in Scotland’s contribution to co-operative heritage. Charles served for many years as a firefighter in Glasgow and Ayrshire.
Rachel Farey (Vice Chair)
Rachel is currently the Business Manager at One World Shop Ltd. Born in Singapore, she moved to England as a 2-year-old. Rachel studied at Kent University and subsequently moved to Edinburgh in 1984 when she first discovered the One World Shop, first joining as a volunteer and then becoming part of the staff team. In 1995, Rachel trained as a secondary school teacher at Moray House, Edinburgh and worked in several schools in Edinburgh and West Lothian. She is a founding member of BAFTS and is currently the Chair of the Edinburgh Fairtrade City Initiative.
Liz Manson (Vice Chair)
Liz is the Community Planning and Engagement Manager at Dumfries and Galloway Council and has been involved with the Fair Trade movement since she became a volunteer in her local Fair Trade Group in Castle Douglas in 2007. During her time with her local group she was the secretary and worked with local schools, faith groups, business and the local Food Town initiative, Castle Douglas became a Fairtrade town in 2010. When responsibility for developing Fair Trade in Dumfries and Galloway Council became part of her portfolio at work, she stood down from her local role to take on this wider challenge. Over the past two years, Dumfries and Galloway Council has established a Regional Steering Group, seen improvements in their procurement arrangements, produced their first Regional Newsletter and become a Fairtrade Zone.
Josh is the Education Officer for Paisley’s Fair Trade organisation, Rainbow Turtle, who he’s worked for since July 2014. Much of his work involves visiting schools, youth, community and faith groups with the aim of raising awareness of Fair Trade, how it works, how it benefits people and why it’s relevant to all of us as Global Citizens. He has also helped introduce the Rainbow Turtle Fair Trade Podcast, which ties local, national and international issues together to help connect the dots between our experiences.
Norman currently leads the CEMVO Scotland’s Social Enterprise team and hence delivering the Scottish Government-funded Just Enterprise Programme. For the past 19 years, he has been involved in a number for projects to support co-operatives in Africa and Asia by working with the UK Co-operative College to deliver DFID and Scottish Government co-operative projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda. Norman has worked as a project manager, fundraiser and Social Enterprise Officer with the Christian Blind Mission, Church of Scotland, Comic Relief and the UK Co-operative College.
Norman has been a longstanding supporter of the Fair Trade movement and an active member of the UK Co-operative Group. He played a major role in supporting the Edinburgh University Students Union to make Edinburgh University the first Fairtrade University in the UK.
Angus is a co-founder and joint Managing Director of Fair Trade Sports Balls Ltd (trading as Bala Sport). He is a passionate fair trader and has been involved in Fair Trade in several guises since 2006. Angus campaigned for Trade Aid in New Zealand and worked as the Marketing and Communications Officer for Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand for three years before returning to the UK and volunteering for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum for a year.
Senga is the General Manager of Equal Exchange, an Edinburgh based worker co-operative that has been importing Fair Trade and organic food and drink since the early 1980’s. She has been a worker member there for 16 years and over that time has been inspired by, and learned from, the many dedicated people in the Fair Trade movement around the world. Born in Dumfries, Senga studied and lived in Paisley and Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh in 1997 where she now lives with her husband and two sons.
Karena was a secondary maths teacher before she trained as an Educational Psychologist. She has been involved with Traidcraft stalls for about 25 years and is now the Chairperson of the Perth and Kinross Fairtrade Group and a member of the Kinross-shire Fairtrade Group. She wishes to encourage churches to support Fair Trade, schools to work towards being Fair Achieving Schools and Local Authorities to promote Fair Trade in as many ways as possible in our Fair Trade Nation. She is keen to promote ideas such as the 90kg challenge and the use of Bala Sport balls.
Sarah Middlemiss (Treasurer)
Sarah works for Ecometrica, an environmental monitoring company that uses satellite data to measure environmental impacts and risks in supply chains of commodities such as cocoa, palm oil and soy. She is passionate about international development, and in her role works to ensure environmental protection aligns with protecting and improving livelihoods, particularly in supply chains dominated by smallholder farmers. Before joining Ecometrica, Sarah volunteered at the Forum and then joined as a part time member of staff to support the Fair Trade Nurseries scheme.
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