Meet the Team

We consider ourselves very lucky as a charity to have a passionate and committed staff team all of whom believe wholeheartedly in what we endeavour to achieve year upon year. Many of our staff are returned volunteers and so are well able to empathise and support our Volunteers during their placement.

We pride ourselves on having a dynamic, young core of staff who bring fresh ideas and perspective to what we do.

Although we are the longest running Gap Year Volunteering Charity in the UK, and we continue to work within the same founding principles as we did in 1967, the world is a constantly changing environment and it is important that we not only recognise this, but respond to it. Our Management Team are committed to supporting the development of Project Trust and its staff while continuing to offer the same high quality experiences as we always have.

The full-time staff are complemented by a dedicated and enthusiastic Board of Directors, again many of whom are returned volunteers. From here we continue to receive the highest level of support, advice and guidance.

Senior Management

Ingrid Emerson MBE
Ingrid Emerson MBEChief Executive Officer
Alison Fraser
Alison FraserHead of Alumni, IT & Administration
Heloise Allan l Vietnam 03/04
Heloise Allan l Vietnam 03/04Assistant Director (Education and Development)
Jil McMeekin
Jil McMeekinHead of Human Resources & Personal Assistant to the CEO

Volunteer & Schools Engagement

Kenny McDonald
Kenny McDonaldHead of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications
Jane Ham
Jane HamHead of Volunteer & Schools Engagement
Hannah Lingard | Honduras 14/15
Hannah Lingard | Honduras 14/15Volunteer & Schools Coordinator

Finance & Fundraising

Kam McMillan
Kam McMillanHead of Finance
Nic Smith
Nic SmithSenior Volunteer Fundraising Officer
Eleanor Wood
Eleanor WoodFinance Assistant

Overseas Programme

Alex Page
Alex PageOverseas Director
Fra Macintyre | Sri Lanka 93/94
Fra Macintyre | Sri Lanka 93/94Overseas Department Manager
Peter Wilson
Peter WilsonSenior Country Coordinator

Admin & Hebridean Centre

Karlijn Bakker
Karlijn BakkerAdministrative Support
Niall Edwards | South Africa 09/10
Niall Edwards | South Africa 09/10IT & Website Officer
Janice Henderson
Janice HendersonHousekeeper

“Coming all the way to Coll made it feel like the start of an adventure. I couldn’t imagine getting told you’re moving to a new country when you’d only filled out a form online. It was invaluable to talk to staff members about the different countries so I could make an informed decision.”

Maddie, Honduras Gap Year Volunteer