The team

The Venture Scotland team are all committed to helping our young people learn new skills and achieve their dreams. It is a privilege to see so many of the young people who graduate from our Journey programme go on to achieve outcomes they never thought they could!

  • Head Office
    • David Brackenridge
      David Brackenridge

      David is our interim Chief Executive, many of you will know him as our previous Programme Manager for the Edinburgh Team a Role he undertook for three years. During his 20 year career as an architect, David volunteered running a youth club for 10 years, sat on East Lothian’s Childrens Panel and volunteered for Venture Scotland for 3 years, as well as being a trustee of the charity. When the opportunity came to turn his hobby into his job, he couldn’t resist! David ensures the smooth running of Venture Scotland while focusing on making sure staff, volunteers, young people, resources and funding all come together in the same place at the same time. David is a keen rock climber and mountaineer. His best part of working for Venture Scotland is meeting amazing young people who don’t realise the potential the really have and watching them change their lives around.

      0131 661 6786

      07495 836 248

    • Anda Griveteanu
      Anda Griveteanu

      Anda is our Head of Administration and Finance and has been with the team since 2015, she is a bright and approachable individual who has several years of professional experience in working within busy office environments in the service industry. At VS she deals with all the administrative functions including finance, facilities management, HR and IT.

      0131 661 6786

    • Jerome Kyndt
      Jerome Kyndt

      Jerome is our longest serving member of staff having joined VS in 2007. Initially employed as an Outdoor Youth Worker, Jerome has also been Team Leader and Acting Programme Manager at VS. In 2017 he began a new challenge taking on the role of Practice Development Manager.

      07825 989 663

    • Elena Stuart
      Elena Stuart

      Elena is our Admin and Fundraising assistant based in our Glasgow office. Although Elena has less than a year's experience in administration, she has quickly learned the ropes and is determined to succeed. Elena provides our Glasgow team with IT, administrative, financial and secretarial support, whilst supporting both teams by fundraising.

      07961 698 450

    • Tricia Edington
      Tricia Edington

      Tricia joined Venture Scotland as one of our fundraisers in August 2018. She previously worked in the Corporate Communications department at a Scottish-based co-operative for 15 years and managed their membership and community engagement as well as their charity of the year partnerships. She is a city lass who is learning to love the outdoors in all weathers so Venture Scotland is a great fit!

      0131 656 6974

    • Claire Pomphrey
      Claire Pomphrey

      Claire joined Venture Scotland as one of our fundraisers in August 2018. She has worked in fundraising for over five years for charities such as Maggies, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and CLIC Sargent, focussing on their corporate, community and events programmes. She specialises in exciting corporate partnerships and outdoor adrenaline events and is really looking forward to introducing these programmes to the Venture Scotland portfolio!

      0131 656 6974

  • Glasgow
    • George McConnachie
      George McConnachie

      George joined Venture Scotland in February 2018 as Manager for our Glasgow programme. With over 10 years experience in the charitable sector in Scotland, George has previously worked for a mental health charity, managed a development trust on the Isle of Coll and provided business consultancy to social enterprises across Scotland. Whilst on Coll, George founded a football team for young islanders, providing weekly coaching sessions. He is passionate about the outdoors and his most treasured experience was hiking over 500 miles across Spain to complete the Camino de Santiago

      07825 989665

    • Rob Branter
      Rob Branter

      Rob, Glasgow Team Leader, has over 30 years experience in a variety of disciplines, including mountaineering, rock climbing, wilderness expeditions, paddling, gorge walking and DofE.  his passion for the outdoors has taken him to many locations across the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand and many countries in Europe.  Robs initial contact with Venture Scotland was as a volunteer, offering his experience as a Mountain Guide on expedition residentials and day activities for several years.  Rob is also our inhouse musician!

      07961 698451

    • Chris McGeown
      Chris McGeown

      Chris returned to Venture Scotland in 2017 as an Outdoor Youth Worker having previously worked with us from 2013 – 2016 in a variety of roles, including Outdoor Worker, Acting Manager and Team leader. In-between he worked for the environmental charity The John Muir Trust, but he missed working with Young People and working outside in the great Scottish weather. Previously with The Outward Bound Trust for 12 years, finishing as a Senior instructor, he also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Outdoor Education at Edinburgh University.

      Chris's latest passion is road cycling. Usually he can be spotted very early on a Sunday morning with a couple of friends cycling the hills surrounding Glasgow, wondering (with leg burning while ascending another hill) why he is not in bed like most normal folk.

      07825 989662

    • Joanne Shields
      Joanne Shields

      Joanne is one of our Outdoor Youth Workers for the Glasgow team. Joanne has worked with the public all of her life, as a personal trainer and also managing coffee shops. She felt there was something missing in her line of work and started volunteering with Venture Scotland in 2010.  Joanne has just completed her  final year at Glasgow university completing my BA Community Development Degree and will now progress to Honours.  You are most likely to find Joanne running some marathon or jumping out a plane raising money for a good cause.

      07961 698450

    • Scott MacPherson
      Scott MacPherson

      Our admin and stores assistant, responsible for all our outdoor kit and kitchen stock when he is not helping our youth workers on activity days. Scott really enjoys working with people, helping them to reach their own personal goals and realise their potential, he hopes to use his experiences at Venture Scotland to build a career in the social development sector. Scott is a keen hillwalker and mountain biker, when you can’t find him in the office he will most likely be on the side of a mountain somewhere in Scotland.

  • Edinburgh
    • Robin Jeffery
      Robin Jeffery

      Robin is the interim Programme Manager for our Edinburgh team and has been part of Venture Scotland over six years. He is very happy to be part a team that helps young people to achieve positive, sustainable change in their lives. He has been walking, climbing and generally messing about in the outdoors for most of his life and working in the Outdoor Industry for over ten years. He holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award and works in his spare time as a mountaineering and climbing instructor and guide. He also enjoys messing about in boats and has fallen into many of the Lochs and rivers in Scotland. Robin also enjoys climbing things. Preferably big, scary things, just in case there isn’t enough excitement in his day job.

      07495 836 249

    • Anouska Duffy
      Anouska Duffy

      Anouska joined the team at the end of 2016 as one of our Outdoor Youth Workers following 2 years working as an outdoor instructor. Having worked in the Police service for 10 years she has a passion for supporting the community, and encouraging them to get outdoors and enjoy the adventures to be had. Anouska can often be found hiking or climbing and has a fondness for bushcraft and canoeing.

      07539 346 777

    • Sarah Powell
      Sarah Powell

      Sarah has joined us in April 2017 after five years freelancing in the outdoor education, youth development and adventure tourism industries. She is extremely passionate about the impact spending time outdoors has on mental health. She loves working alongside young people, helping them discover hidden talents, self-belief and confidence. Sarah can mostly be found floating about in boats or falling off bikes, accompanied by lots of laughter.

      07376 388 663

    • Moira Samson
      Moira Samson

      In July 2017 we were delighted to welcome Mo Samson as an Outdoor Youth Worker in the Edinburgh delivery team. Mo joins us following a career break from outdoor instructing while she ran her family farm, growing the business to include a farm shop and café. Mo's passions include paddling and climbing so she couldn't resist the opportunity to get back to the outdoors and adventure!

      07377 393 303

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