Meet the team
Jamie Morrison - Chief Executive Officer
‘I have worked with Signpost for over 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 3 young children, Callan, Ella and Joel who keep them busy.
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.’
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.
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.
Peter McEleny – Communications and Fundraising Officer
‘I first came across Signpost through the partnership with Henry’s Coffee House. I love the mission of Signpost, modeling Jesus’ example of walking alongside people experiencing poverty and injustice and that it is a charity with God at the centre. It is a great privilege getting to meet with individuals and groups to share about the work we are involved in.’ Peter is married to Natalie and they have a young daughter, Bethan. Peter is a big football fan and is on the committee at Tayport Football Club.
Caroline Bentley - Food and Health Development Officer
‘I have joined Signpost as they turn more of their focus to work that will support people right here in Dundee. The project I’m involved with seeks to capture surplus food that would be wasted and turn it into nutritious meals to be given out through emergency food parcel providers. The combination of environmental and social purposes behind this project really attracted me. Outside the kitchen, I’m into running, yoga, knitting, crafting, reading and generally keeping busy with my two wee boys.’
‘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.'
Rebecca has a background in finance and marketing, working for an investment management company based in Edinburgh. Her interest lies in sustainable investment and supporting people and communities to develop their skills. She joined as a trustee in December 2018.
‘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.
‘I first heard about Signpost when I attended a Signpost fund raiser. Having grown up in Nigeria and spent my younger adult life there, I have seen real poverty and its effects. So, it was a no brainer when I was asked to be a trustee. Being a trustee has given me real insight into the work that Signpost does. I am really excited about the new Signpost Centre for Global learning which will allow people to learn about the global world and how they can make difference.’ Stella lives in Dundee and is currently working with the NHS as a nurse.
‘Jane has worked for over twenty years in international development. She got to know about Signpost through Scotland’s International Development Alliance, when it was chaired by Jamie Morrison and she was CEO. She is delighted to be joining Signpost as a trustee because of her admiration for its model of partnership working which she thinks is vital to good practice in development.’
We want to take this opportunity to thank our loyal volunteers, without whom we just couldn’t survive! Week on week we have a faithful team who come and volunteer in the centre doing various tasks. Our grateful thanks to:
Our longest serving volunteer who comes in weekly and helps with financial input
Research & administration
Research & administration
Research & administration
Our faithful gardener, keeping the grounds tidy, in all weathers
If you would like to volunteer with Signpost International, we are always on the lookout for people with IT, social media and website skills, cleaners, DIY/handywork person, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01382 504033
Or soon, as our Centre for Global Learning gets up & running, we would love volunteers to help with : reception and administration tasks, education assistants, maintaining and developing our garden, & helping out at our café.
Watch this space for updates!