Meet The Team

Douglas Turner - Chairman

Douglas TurnerDouglas Turner MInstF is Chairman of the Caledonian Foundation. He is a fundraising, public relations, public affairs and marketing specialist with more than 25 years management experience in the public and voluntary sectors. He is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising.

He has considerable experience of raising funds for the not-for-profit sector and during the course of his career in fundraising has raised in excess of £20m for employer organisations and clients. For more than ten years he was a senior manager with the RSSPCC, which became Children 1st.

He has extensive experience in all the communication disciplines and has worked with charities on public relations and profile raising campaigns. He has also worked with organisations on re-branding and change of corporate identity including the re-launch of the RSSPCC as Children 1st. He is a proven communicator and experienced in the delivery of training in both fundraising and communication.He is Turner Wording & Fund’s principal consultant.

Douglas believes that the changes to the benefit systems, in particular Housing Benefit, are going hit some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Unless landlords can be persuaded to rule out eviction for rent arrears as a matter of policy, or legislation is introduced to bar evictions, the number of homeless people and the number of houses being repossessed will significantly increase. In this economic scenario the need for organisations like the Caledonian Foundation will become even greater.

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Richard Lo - Trustee

Richard LoRichard Lo is a motivated entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in property investment. He has also worked in a homeless hostel as a relief worker which gave him an insight to the challenges associated with homelessness. He is an experienced IT professional with extensive knowledge and skills in system analysis, problem solving, business processes and Internet technology. He has also worked as an IT Manager for a charity.

Combining his experience in property investment, system analysis and fundraising in the charity sector, he developed the concept of Micro Equity Home Ownership with the aim of providing affordable debt-free home for people in need.

Having been through financial difficulties himself, he understands the daunting challenges a household would face with the burden of a mortgage. With a conviction to help provide safe and secure home for many families in similar situation, he sold his investment properties and donated the proceeds to Caledonian Foundation to implement the Micro Equity Home Ownership.

Gill Turner - Trustee

Gill TurnerGill Turner is an academic with more than 25 years experience of teaching. She is the Curriculum Manager of a Further Education College.

Gill also delivers training in public relations, media and radio production skills and has co-ordinated local, live broadcasting licensed under OFCOM’s restricted service initiative.

She delivers personal development courses working with individuals and groups in the commercial and voluntary sector. She has a considerable track record in event management and significant experience in raising funds from European programmes and the management of international partnership and European Social Fund projects.

She has an extensive international network of contacts and has worked on education and training projects involving countries from Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia.

Wing-Cheong Wong - Project Manager

Wing Cheong WongAs Project Manager, Wing-Cheong manages the efforts of the Project Team to promote the micro equity home ownership (MEHO) initiative and to raise funds for the Foundation to invest in community land trust. He believes MEHO is an innovative, sustainable and replicable way to provide secure and affordable housing for those in need. He sees an on-going role for the Foundation to promote and help replicate the model as communities are being empowered to address the housing crisis.

Wing-Cheong has vast experience leading multi-disciplinary teams to achieve project goals and managing a wide variety of construction projects both as contractor and consultant in UK and overseas. His pro-active style and inter-personal skills are assets to the Foundation.

Married with 2 children, he enjoys walking and home DIY. He makes time to help business people who desire to integrate faith, work and life. He likes mentoring people interested in working out family relationships. Being passionate to empower the poor, he hopes to one day get involved with simple homes projects in third world communities.

Sonia McLay - Project Leader

Sonia McLaySonia McLay is responsible for working with the business community and investors to raise substantial funds for the foundation. With over 25 years experience in marketing, communications and the financial property sector Sonia has raised funds for charities, social enterprises and the voluntary organisations to enable them to deliver social and community benefits where they are needed most.

As a South African – she has seen homelessness, poverty and radical change both at home and abroad. Passionate about providing a home for those that need it most Sonia is an enthusiastic member of the team.

Sonia has 2 grown up daughters and an Honours Degree in Business Management. She enjoys travel, walking and photography. Cooking is one of her favourite pastimes and she is caring and compassionate about everything she does.

Lauren Davidson - Project Leader

Lauren DavidsonAs a University of Glasgow student, I went through many of the typical landlord horror stories: painfully inefficient letting agencies, landlords refusing to deal with me because of my employment status, rental scams and even living with bedbugs!

Like myself, the Caledonian Foundation is unimpressed with private landlords and so the opportunity to work with them to provide a secure, affordable accommodation appealed to my wish to take action.

I have a long held interest in community empowerment and action; what excites me most about the Micro-Equity Home Ownership model is that it shares decision-making powers and allows people with a shared interest in a sector or area to take actions to benefit that community. I believe that by sharing responsibility and power, we will create supportive communities made up of successful and balanced individuals.

James Petticrew - Project Leader

James PetticrewA former police officer James, has for close to 20 years, been an ordained minister within the Church of the Nazarene, a small evangelical Wesleyan denomination. As well as his work with the Caledonian Foundation he is part of the leadership of Mosaic Edinburgh, a new church in Scotland's capital and a part time lecturer at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester.

Academically James has a special interest in missiology and ecclesiology in contemporary culture. He has taught extensively on the subject of the nature and mission of the church in the western world and is recognised as an effective communicator. He maintains a widely read blog focused on the missional nature of the church, @ http://abrahamsfootsteps.wordpress.com/

James believes that the work of the Caledonian Foundation expresses Christians values and given the current economic climate and specific problems in the housing sector has the potential to make a positive impact in our society. It does so by using an innovative financial model to give people, who would be otherwise excluded, the opportunity to have not just a house to live in but a home to put put down roots in and in which they share ownership but without the burden of high rents, uncertain leases or crippling mortgage payments.

Christopher Silver - Digital Communications Coordinator

Christopher Silver

Christopher Silver has worked in the communications industries since leaving school at the age of 17. Since then he has found himself at work in places as diverse as Shetland, Sweden, Barcelona and The Western Isles. He is a graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and Stirling.

With experience in the public, private and creative sectors, Christopher brings a wealth of insight to the task of promoting the work of the Caledonian Foundation. He is also a writer and musician.

Christopher is confident that, frightening though some digital developments may be, in a world where communication is no longer mediated by institutions, the capacity for people to act as citizens, not just individuals, is greatly enhanced. As housing injustice becomes an ever greater issue in our society he is confident that MEHO can play a major role in moving towards a Scotland where everyone has a place to call home.

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Contact Details

The Caledonian Foundation is a registered charity in Scotland
Scottish Charity no. SC042872.
2 Lower Gilmore Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9NY

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