Our Board of Trustees

Venture Scotland is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees who meet as a whole a minimum of four times a year, as well as contributing to various sub groups and committees to support the overall governance of the charity. 

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Evelyn Simpson

CHAIR

Evelyn Simpson is an experienced NXD, executive coach and mentor who became a Venture Scotland Trustee in 2016. She works with business leaders on strategy and leadership, chairs Neatebox, and is a board member of Investing Women Angels.

A former investment banker, Evelyn has lived and worked around the world in banking, as an entrepreneur and in voluntary organisations. Evelyn has a BA in Economics and Law from Edinburgh University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Andy Wadsworth

VICE CHAIR

Andy has been volunteering with Venture Scotland for over 20 years and blames the organisation for transitioning him from being a bloke behind a desk who could only communicate with computers into an expedition leader who could relate to real people, a quality recognised by some large financial companies around Edinburgh who engaged him to assess risks on their systems as a test manager. He has worked with groups in many mountainous areas of the world, including Szechuan, Borneo, Chile and the Himalayas. His own adventures have taken him up mountains on foot, using ropes and sometimes on skis in Europe, the Canadian Rockies and Arctic Scandinavia. He still pogos to punk rock, and follows local bands.          

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Gill Rust

SECRETARY

Gill is the Company Secretary for Venture Scotland and is Deputy Head of Legal and Data Protection Officer at the People’s Postcode Lottery. Gill is a qualified solicitor with over 20 years’ experience working in-house including supporting charities and a number company secretarial roles.  

Outside of work Gill enjoys spending time with her family, running and walking her dog in the beautiful Cairngorms.

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Graeme Aithie

TREASURER

Graeme is the Treasurer at Venture Scotland and chairs our Finance and Fundraising Committee.

He is a Partner at QMPF, an Edinburgh-based corporate finance business, where he specialises in projects in the Education sector. 

Graeme previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant while at PwC.

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Isobel Freeman

Isobel has worked in social work for many years in a variety of jobs. For the past few years, she has been working on improving social work case recording systems.

She has been an active volunteer with Venture Scotland for over 10 years and enjoys hill walking, canoeing, camping and Bothy living with Venture Scotland participants.

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Andrea Powell

Andrea has been a volunteer with Venture Scotland for several years and during this time completed a
4-week educational placement with Venture Scotland as part of a MSc in Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh.

She works as an Occupational Therapist within a local authority social work dept. She is a strong advocate for the positive and therapeutic benefits that the outdoors has on health and wellbeing. Outside of work Andrea can be found walking, learning to running (slowly plodding), camping and exploring the wonders of Scotland of which there are many! 

Ailsa

Ailsa Falconer

Ailsa is a long-term supporter and previous volunteer with Venture Scotland. She’s experienced in project management, branding & communications and stakeholder management, having held a variety of positions in the private and public sector. She currently manages the project pipeline for the Data Driven Innovation Programme at the University of Edinburgh.

She is passionate about volunteering, personal development and health and wellbeing. She is a touch rugby fanatic and when she isn’t either playing or refereeing, she can be found walking on beaches and in the hills with friends and their dogs, or out and about in Edinburgh.