Meet the Team

Find out more about the team behind Borderline

Staff Members

Shona Fleming

CEO

Shona Fleming is the CEO of Borderline, the only charity in London specifically set up to support homeless Scots.

Shona is originally from Glasgow where she worked for Social Services until moving to London in 2002. At that time she joined our sister charity ScotsCare, who in 2009 partnered with Borderline to provide a range of services to vulnerable Scots across London. Shona has been involved in managing and developing Borderline’s client services to meet the complex needs of homeless Scots in London.

Isabel Dunlop

Client Support Manager

Isabel Dunlop is the client support manager for Borderline. She moved to London from her birth place, Glasgow, over thirty years ago.

Before joining Scotscare and then Borderline, she worked for various housing associations across London. She joined Scotscare in 2007 and helped with the takeover of Borderline in 2009. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day services within the Charity to ensure we provide a varied range of services for our homeless clients.

Andrew Ellison

Fundraising Officer

Andrew manages fundraising and partnerships for Borderline, having joined the team in November 2018 after moving down to London from Edinburgh.

Andrew was born and grew up in Brussels, but is half English and half Scottish. He studied and work in Scotland for 5 years, and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in International Development. Andrew has worked for a wide range of NGOs tackling issues he is passionate about from entrepreneurship, to funding cancer research, to preventing homelessness. He is keen to have as big of as impact as he can in order to continue Borderline’s work.

Alex Lavin

Scottish Outreach Worker

Hailing from Edinburgh, Alex has been working with the homeless and connected social issues since the mid-1990s, starting as an outreach worker for City of Edinburgh Council. He later moved down to Cambridge in 2008 working with the Drug Intervention Team with local drug service. He was also instrumental in developing the Chronically Excluded Adults Project in conjunction with Cambridge County Council, engaging with some of the most vulnerable people across the county.

Alex was motivated to join Borderline for the unique opportunity to help the large group of homeless Scots in the London, beginning as our first ever Scottish Outreach worker in 2014, continually developing the role to be as effective as possible. He understands the importance of consistent long-term help and the challenge of finding suitable housing that gives clients the safe space they need to improve their wellbeing. Alex is also a keen Hearts and Spurs fan, hill walker and runner, having previously run to raise funds for Borderline.

Kat Agnew

Scottish Outreach Worker

Kat has worked in homelessness and social care for over 12 years, with experience predominantly in Australia, where she worked as a Senior Youth Worker in a drop in centre for the homeless. After this she worked as a Coordinator in an Acute Night Shelter for more long term homelessness and was later appointed as Coordinator of a Day Centre. She also worked in Haringey as an Outreach Worker before becoming our second Scottish Outreach Worker in 2018.

Kat enjoys the challenge of the role, and understands the long term complexities of clients’ situations. She believes that long term wrap around support working collaboratively with other organisations is crucial to breaking cycle of homelessness. She also believes very strongly in the value of consistent support and not giving up on people in order to give the best chance of improvement.

Robert Damoah

Finance Manager

Robert has over 20 years of experience within finance. He gained a degree (BA) in Banking with Economics and Law from London South Bank University, followed by a masters (MSC) in International Accounting and Finance from the London Metropolitan University.

Since these qualifications, he has mostly worked in the charity sector. As Finance Officer at sister charity ScotsCare since 2008, he was familiar with Borderline and its mission well before joining as Finance Manager in 2014. Robert gains great satisfaction from being a part of a team that helps people on their journey from being homeless to having secure and safe accommodation where they can rebuild their lives and improve their futures.

Originally from Ghana, Robert has been a UK resident since 2003. In his spare time Robert is a keen motorsports fan, keeping up to date with the ups and downs of Formula 1.

Rory Desch

Communications Manager

Rory Desch is the Communications Manager for Borderline. Having moved from his native Dublin nearly 20 years ago, he worked in a broad spectrum of sectors, including small business, the public sector and not for profit.

Joining Borderline in April 2017, Rory has played an integral part of updating the charity’s online and offline marketing materials as well as increasing the charity’s presence through community events and social media. He is in constant pursuit of new opportunities to help promote the work of Borderline.

Pete Bakewell

Communications Officer

Pete is the Communications Officer for Borderline, having joined the team in June 2019. Pete has a number of years’ experience in marketing, communications and branding, in both the charity and travel sectors.

Originally from near Southampton, he has been living and working London ever since coming to study history at King’s College 14 years ago.

Pete is looking forward to raising the profile of Borderline and helping in a small way to alleviate homelessness for Scottish people in the capital.

Staff Members

Shona Fleming

CEO

Shona Fleming is the CEO of Borderline, the only charity in London specifically set up to support homeless Scots.

Shona is originally from Glasgow where she worked for Social Services until moving to London in 2002. At that time she joined our sister charity ScotsCare, who in 2009 partnered with Borderline to provide a range of services to vulnerable Scots across London. Shona has been involved in managing and developing Borderline’s client services to meet the complex needs of homeless Scots in London.

Isabel Dunlop

Client Support Manager

Isabel Dunlop is the client support manager for Borderline. She moved to London from her birth place, Glasgow, over thirty years ago.

Before joining Scotscare and then Borderline, she worked for various housing associations across London. She joined Scotscare in 2007 and helped with the takeover of Borderline in 2009. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day services within the Charity to ensure we provide a varied range of services for our homeless clients.

Andrew Ellison

Fundraising Officer

Andrew manages fundraising and partnerships for Borderline, having joined the team in November 2018 after moving down to London from Edinburgh.

Andrew was born and grew up in Brussels, but is half English and half Scottish. He studied and work in Scotland for 5 years, and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters in International Development. Andrew has worked for a wide range of NGOs tackling issues he is passionate about from entrepreneurship, to funding cancer research, to preventing homelessness. He is keen to have as big of as impact as he can in order to continue Borderline’s work.

Alex Lavin

Scottish Outreach Worker

Hailing from Edinburgh, Alex has been working with the homeless and connected social issues since the mid-1990s, starting as an outreach worker for City of Edinburgh Council. He later moved down to Cambridge in 2008 working with the Drug Intervention Team with local drug service. He was also instrumental in developing the Chronically Excluded Adults Project in conjunction with Cambridge County Council, engaging with some of the most vulnerable people across the county.

Alex was motivated to join Borderline for the unique opportunity to help the large group of homeless Scots in the London, beginning as our first ever Scottish Outreach worker in 2014, continually developing the role to be as effective as possible. He understands the importance of consistent long-term help and the challenge of finding suitable housing that gives clients the safe space they need to improve their wellbeing. Alex is also a keen Hearts and Spurs fan, hill walker and runner, having previously run to raise funds for Borderline.

Kat Agnew

Scottish Outreach Worker

Kat has worked in homelessness and social care for over 12 years, with experience predominantly in Australia, where she worked as a Senior Youth Worker in a drop in centre for the homeless. After this she worked as a Coordinator in an Acute Night Shelter for more long term homelessness and was later appointed as Coordinator of a Day Centre. She also worked in Haringey as an Outreach Worker before becoming our second Scottish Outreach Worker in 2018.

Kat enjoys the challenge of the role, and understands the long term complexities of clients’ situations. She believes that long term wrap around support working collaboratively with other organisations is crucial to breaking cycle of homelessness. She also believes very strongly in the value of consistent support and not giving up on people in order to give the best chance of improvement.

Robert Damoah

Finance Manager

Robert has over 20 years of experience within finance. He gained a degree (BA) in Banking with Economics and Law from London South Bank University, followed by a masters (MSC) in International Accounting and Finance from the London Metropolitan University.

Since these qualifications, he has mostly worked in the charity sector. As Finance Officer at sister charity ScotsCare since 2008, he was familiar with Borderline and its mission well before joining as Finance Manager in 2014. Robert gains great satisfaction from being a part of a team that helps people on their journey from being homeless to having secure and safe accommodation where they can rebuild their lives and improve their futures.

Originally from Ghana, Robert has been a UK resident since 2003. In his spare time Robert is a keen motorsports fan, keeping up to date with the ups and downs of Formula 1.

Rory Desch

Communications Manager

Rory Desch is the Communications Manager for Borderline. Having moved from his native Dublin nearly 20 years ago, he worked in a broad spectrum of sectors, including small business, the public sector and not for profit.

Joining Borderline in April 2017, Rory has played an integral part of updating the charity’s online and offline marketing materials as well as increasing the charity’s presence through community events and social media. He is in constant pursuit of new opportunities to help promote the work of Borderline.

Pete Bakewell

Communications Officer

Pete is the Communications Officer for Borderline, having joined the team in June 2019. Pete has a number of years’ experience in marketing, communications and branding, in both the charity and travel sectors.

Originally from near Southampton, he has been living and working London ever since coming to study history at King’s College 14 years ago.

Pete is looking forward to raising the profile of Borderline and helping in a small way to alleviate homelessness for Scottish people in the capital.

Trustees

Jessica Cadzow-Collins

Chair

Jessica Cadzow-Collins was born and raised in Scotland and educated at St George’s, Edinburgh. She is a member of the printing and publishing family, Collins, and upholds her family’s values of education, welfare and enterprise. She moved to London to study gemmology, qualifying as Fellow of the Gemmological Association (Gem-A), later serving as trustee and Chair of the Gem-A. She is visiting lecturer in Industry Studies at The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and has over 30 years of experience in global luxury retail.

Jessica enjoys outdoor adventures including sailing, climbing, skiing, off road cycling and SCUBA, and is a keen field geologist. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in the City, and a member of St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street.

Brian Griffin

Trustee

Brian Griffin was born in Bothwell, Lanarkshire and attended St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow. He graduated from Strathclyde University and studied Business at Glasgow University. Brian’s career was in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, starting in Ayrshire at ICI Nobel’s Explosives and then at HQ in London. The final part of his career was as an HR Director with AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals in London.

He is married with two children and four grandchildren. His interests include his Rotary Club, charity fundraising, travel and playing golf.

Emma Kinloch

Trustee

Emma was born and brought up in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire. Her higher education was south of the border, at the Universities of Hull and the London School of Economics.

Emma has a background in politics, having worked for various MPs and at international think tank Policy Network. In recent years Emma has been based at King’s College London, initially as Impact and Engagement Manager at The Policy Institute, where she worked to bring academics and policymakers closer together. Emma has recently taken up the post of Research and Projects Associate at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, also based at King’s. The Institute works towards a world where being a woman is not a barrier to being a leader in any field.

She has been a member of Crown Court, Church of Scotland since 2010. Emma is also studying at Birkbeck College, University of London for a PhD in politics.

Richard Brown

Trustee

Richard Brown grew up in Kenya where he attended St Andrew’s Preparatory School, Turi prior to returning to the UK. He is an experienced banker turned corporate venture capital investor and chief financial officer with extensive experience gained in banking throughout the world. Before leaving banking in 2017 Richard led a number of innovative initiatives for Santander in addition to his responsibilities in Santander Global Markets. His previous positions include Co-Head, Strategic Transactions Group at Nomura Securities, Executive Director, Strategic Transactions Group at Lehman Brothers and Director of Global Structuring and Corporate Finance teams at Merrill Lynch.

Richard trained as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse. He has a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of East Anglia and has undertaken Executive Education at the London Business School.

Reverend Philip Majcher

Trustee

The Reverend Philip Majcher was educated at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. He was Assistant Minister at St Michael’s Church, Linlithgow, and Minister at Wigtown and Kirkcowan. He then served in the Army for 20 years, in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Bosnia and the Middle East.

Philip retired as the Assistant Chaplain General, 2nd Division, in 2007 to accept the call as minister of Crown Court Church, London.

Peter Scott

Trustee

Peter Scott was born in Dundee and lived in Ayrshire, moving in his early teenage years to London where his father was minister of Crown Court Church of Scotland. He attended Stevenston High School and then Highgate School. He studied at St Andrews University, then travelled throughout Europe in the package tour business before attending the College of Law and qualifying as a solicitor. Peter continues to practice as a private client solicitor, specialising in estate planning for wealthy individuals which has led him into the field of philanthropy and the charity sector.

He holds several trusteeships and directorships, ranging from a Devon ice cream company to a banana plantation in St Lucia. Peter and his wife Katharine have been married for 43 years, and have seven grandchildren.

Trustees

Jessica Cadzow-Collins

Chair

Jessica Cadzow-Collins was born and raised in Scotland and educated at St George’s, Edinburgh. She is a member of the printing and publishing family, Collins, and upholds her family’s values of education, welfare and enterprise. She moved to London to study gemmology, qualifying as Fellow of the Gemmological Association (Gem-A), later serving as trustee and Chair of the Gem-A. She is visiting lecturer in Industry Studies at The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and has over 30 years of experience in global luxury retail.

Jessica enjoys outdoor adventures including sailing, climbing, skiing, off road cycling and SCUBA, and is a keen field geologist. She is a Fellow of the Geological Society, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in the City, and a member of St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street.

Brian Griffin

Trustee

Brian Griffin was born in Bothwell, Lanarkshire and attended St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow. He graduated from Strathclyde University and studied Business at Glasgow University. Brian’s career was in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, starting in Ayrshire at ICI Nobel’s Explosives and then at HQ in London. The final part of his career was as an HR Director with AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals in London.

He is married with two children and four grandchildren. His interests include his Rotary Club, charity fundraising, travel and playing golf.

Emma Kinloch

Trustee

Emma was born and brought up in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire. Her higher education was south of the border, at the Universities of Hull and the London School of Economics.

Emma has a background in politics, having worked for various MPs and at international think tank Policy Network. In recent years Emma has been based at King’s College London, initially as Impact and Engagement Manager at The Policy Institute, where she worked to bring academics and policymakers closer together. Emma has recently taken up the post of Research and Projects Associate at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, also based at King’s. The Institute works towards a world where being a woman is not a barrier to being a leader in any field.

She has been a member of Crown Court, Church of Scotland since 2010. Emma is also studying at Birkbeck College, University of London for a PhD in politics.

Richard Brown

Trustee

Richard Brown grew up in Kenya where he attended St Andrew’s Preparatory School, Turi prior to returning to the UK. He is an experienced banker turned corporate venture capital investor and chief financial officer with extensive experience gained in banking throughout the world. Before leaving banking in 2017 Richard led a number of innovative initiatives for Santander in addition to his responsibilities in Santander Global Markets. His previous positions include Co-Head, Strategic Transactions Group at Nomura Securities, Executive Director, Strategic Transactions Group at Lehman Brothers and Director of Global Structuring and Corporate Finance teams at Merrill Lynch.

Richard trained as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse. He has a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of East Anglia and has undertaken Executive Education at the London Business School.

Reverend Philip Majcher

Trustee

The Reverend Philip Majcher was educated at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh. He was Assistant Minister at St Michael’s Church, Linlithgow, and Minister at Wigtown and Kirkcowan. He then served in the Army for 20 years, in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Germany, Bosnia and the Middle East.

Philip retired as the Assistant Chaplain General, 2nd Division, in 2007 to accept the call as minister of Crown Court Church, London.

Peter Scott

Trustee

Peter Scott was born in Dundee and lived in Ayrshire, moving in his early teenage years to London where his father was minister of Crown Court Church of Scotland. He attended Stevenston High School and then Highgate School. He studied at St Andrews University, then travelled throughout Europe in the package tour business before attending the College of Law and qualifying as a solicitor. Peter continues to practice as a private client solicitor, specialising in estate planning for wealthy individuals which has led him into the field of philanthropy and the charity sector.

He holds several trusteeships and directorships, ranging from a Devon ice cream company to a banana plantation in St Lucia. Peter and his wife Katharine have been married for 43 years, and have seven grandchildren.