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Our people

Meet the Charlie House team - we are a small but mighty bunch!

Every Charlie House staff member truly understands the value of our work, going above and beyond to improve our services so we can support more children and their families each and every year

Our Leadership Team

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John Brebner, Chief Executive Officer

With a wealth of leadership skills, numerous board level roles, and more than 40 years in the finance sector, John leads the strategy and vision at Charlie House. Passionate about not only completing the build of our support centre, John also aims to expand on our long-term strategy outwith the Big Build Appeal to ensure continued progression for the charity and our service users.


Emma Leiper Finlayson, Director of Fundraising

A skilled third sector leader with over twelve years’ experience in leading local and national fundraising teams, delivering capital appeals, and driving national campaigns, Emma is passionate about connecting people to causes and making amazing things happen for people in our community. At Charlie House, Emma oversees the fundraising and marketing & communications team, working closely with them and our wonderful supporters to make the Big Build Appeal a reality and make more special memories for children and their families.

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Leigh Ryrie, Children & Family Support Manager

A qualified nursery nurse and Senior Hospital Play Specialist with more than 20 years' experience providing bereavement support and training, working with children and families of a variety of ages, stages and medical conditions. Leigh is also a Child Protection trainer and officer for Charlie House with the main purpose of her role seeing her work alongside families to identify their needs and how best to provide information and practical support that will really make a difference to their lives.

Our Charlie House HQ Team

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Alethea Williams

Corporate fundraising coordinator


Ben Riddell

Business Development Executive

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Bradley Marr

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Claire Pocock

Children & Family Activity Coordinator


Dolina Bell

Volunteer & Information Coordinator

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Fiona Tough

Children & Family Support Worker

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Jenna Simpson

Fundraising Coordinator

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Jill Cameron

Marketing & Communications Coordinator


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Donor Engagement Manager

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Kamila Waleczek

Finance Assistant

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Leanne McIntosh

Grants & Trusts Team Lead

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Lindsay Gordon

Finance Assistant

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Louise Bone

Fundraising Coordinator

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Lucy Jamieson

HR Coordinator

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Natasha Paterson

HR Advisor

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Ollie Middleton

Fundraising Team Lead

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Rachel Davidson

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Shannon Forsyth

Retail Operations Co-ordinator


Shannon Hadden

Grants & Trusts Funding Officer

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Vikki McGregor

Children and Family Activity Co-ordinator

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Zoe Bavidge

Office Administrator

Our Retail Team

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George Ross

ReCHarge Café Manager

Alanna Vass

ReCHarge Cafe Supervisor

Amy Simpson

ReCHarge Host

Anya Gauld

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Darcy Watson

ReCHarge Cafe Supervisor

Dee Paterson

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Duncan Bell

ReCHarge Cafe Supervisor

Hannah McLellan

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Mary Anne Sorita

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Murray Strachan

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Rebecca Shaw

Curated Aberdeen Market Supervisor

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"Behind the scenes, our dedicated and friendly team works tirelessly to raise awareness, generate income and deliver vital services to families across the North-east. We are incredibly proud of them!"

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Say hello to Jenna

Meet Jenna, one of our fantastic Fundraising Coordinators at Charlie House. Find out more about her journey with us.

Our hard work in action

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Charlie House Team Celebrate Aberdeen Finalists 2022
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Interested in working with us?

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Meet our Fundraising Team Lead, Ollie

We sat down with our amazing Fundraising Team Lead, Ollie, to find out more about his team, important fundraising events, and how people can get involved in fundraising for Charlie House!

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Read about Bradley's student placement experience

Placement Student Bradley Marr shares their experience following a 12-week Marketing & Communications work experience professional student placement at Charlie House.

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Make a BIG difference

Help us improve the quality of life for children in the North-east of Scotland who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions

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