Meet the team
Jamie Morrison - Chief Executive Officer
‘I have worked with Signpost for almost ten years and have seen many changes in that time. I enjoy working here because there has always been a small, committed team who work hard to make a big difference. Over the years we have helped many thousands of people in many different areas of the world’. In that time, Jamie has also married Chrisie whom he met while working at Signpost, and together they have a young son, Callan, who more than keeps them busy chasing him around the cottage they rebuilt a few years ago.'
Michael Calder – Programmes and Learning Officer
‘I had the chance to visit India in my early teenage years which had a lasting impact on me. I realise that by good fortune of my place and family of birth I started life with many advantages. My work here enables me to help give others the same opportunities that I have.’ Michael is a goalie for a local, amateur football team and has suffered many minor, and some not so minor injuries in his commitment to his team. '
Jennifer Liandu – Communications and Fundraising Officer
‘I first came across Signpost when I was studying for a Masters in Geography and I visited some of their projects in the Philippines to inform my thesis research. I love working here because what this small charity can do has a massive impact on those who are in vulnerable situations, especially women.’ Away from Signpost Jenni runs a very successful calligraphy business.'
Rose Russell - Administrator
‘I first came across Signpost International via my church when I met some staff who were holding a community event and some years later I started working with them. It’s a lovely place to work, alongside such caring people, and being involved in helping to transform so many lives amongst those we work with. I am a Mum of two wonderful daughters and currently have a very busy household, including a slightly crazy kitten.’
Karen Bennett – Finance Officer
‘I like the fact that we are a small, close knit team and that I am able to have input into other aspects of the work, away from the spreadsheets. My job is meaningful because, although I spend a lot of time looking at figures I also get to hear what difference those amounts make to the communities we help.’ Outside of work Karen is an accomplished seamstress and is happy to lend a hand with anything fabric related.'
‘I first saw real poverty in Africa thirty years ago and the impact has stayed with me ever since. Signpost’s strong commitment to alleviating poverty at home and abroad made it easy to say yes when I was asked to be a Trustee’. David has lived and worked overseas for more than forty years as an academic, diplomat and businessman.'
‘I first met Signpost as its former building was in my parish. The church I serve in Dundee is in one of the poorest parts of the city and I love that Signpost takes poverty seriously, both at home and abroad’. Tony spent the first 20 years of his career as a navigator in the Royal Air Force flying Vulcans and Tornados.'
Morven has a background in science and law and works as a university lecturer in the field of medical ethics. Her particular interests are in global health ethics and human rights. She has been a trustee with Signpost for 6 years.
‘We were introduced to Signpost when two of our children spent time abroad with them. Becoming a Trustee and part of the Signpost Community was and is very precious. There has been and continues to be a healthy, constant challenge to change, grow and develop both personally and as a Charity’. Since the age of seven Nick wanted to be a professional double bass player, though life went a completely different way he still plays in two orchestras.
Rev Eleanor Hancock
Eleanor is a retired Anglican Priest, living in Carlisle with her husband, Michael. She has been a supporter of Signpost since the early 90s; being inspired, then and now, by the way such a small team can affect such enormous change in the lives of individuals and communities. Eleanor, who also has a background in HR and organisational development, is currently Chair of Trustees.