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.

Joseph Mannah

Fundraising & Partnerships Lead

Joseph is leading on all aspects of fundraising and partnerships for Borderline, having joined the team in August 2021, after recently graduating with an MSc in International Development from Birkbeck College. Joseph was born and raised in London but is of West African, Sierra Leonean heritage. Joseph has also worked for a wide range of NGOs; writing for various causes to raise funds; particularly for homelessness, mental health, knife crime, young people, and cultural arts.

Joseph is passionate about empowering people to realise their own potential in themselves, for themselves. Joseph has a personal interest in Philosophy, particularly French Existentialism. Joseph believes that everyone should be aware of their natural freedom; following Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous phrase ‘existence precedes essence.’ He is keen to have a positive impact on 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.

Patricia Pierce

Scottish Outreach Worker

Patricia has worked within advice and homelessness for almost 20 years, mostly in Westminster. She joined Borderline in December 2019.  

“I look forward to joining the team after a decade working in Outreach in Westminster,
where I have also helped support Borderline clients. This is an exciting opportunity to tackle
homelessness across London.” 

 

 

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.

Joseph Mannah

Fundraising and Partnerships Lead

Joseph is leading on all aspects of fundraising and partnerships for Borderline, having joined the team in August 2021, after recently graduating with an MSc in International Development from Birkbeck College. Joseph was born and raised in London but is of West African, Sierra Leonean heritage. Joseph has also worked for a wide range of NGOs; writing for various causes to raise funds; particularly for homelessness, mental health, knife crime, young people, and cultural arts.

Joseph is passionate about empowering people to realise their own potential in themselves, for themselves. Joseph has a personal interest in Philosophy, particularly French Existentialism. Joseph believes that everyone should be aware of their natural freedom; following Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous phrase ‘existence precedes essence.’ He is keen to have a positive impact on 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.

Patricia Pierce

Scottish Outreach Worker

Patricia has worked within advice and homelessness for almost 20 years, mostly in Westminster. She joined Borderline in December 2019.  

“I look forward to joining the team after a decade working in Outreach in Westminster, where I have also helped support Borderline clients. This is an exciting opportunity to tackle homelessness across London.”

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.

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.

Jane Oliver

Trustee

Jane Oliver, a member of St Columba’s Church of Scotland, originates from Fife and was educated and lived in Edinburgh in her early years. She has had an international career in consultancy, having spent time working and living in Philadelphia, Amsterdam and more widely in Europe. She ultimately located to Chelsea and now lives in Essex. She has worked in London for the past 20 years in the Finance sector.

Jane is President of University of Edinburgh London Alumni Network having graduated from the university with a BA and MBA. She is President of Shenfield and Hutton Ladies Probus Club and Chair of Brentwood Wine Society. Jane is a member of the University Women’s Club in Mayfair and Women in Banking and Finance, having served for seven years on their Executive Board. Her interests include ballet, opera and cruising. She joined Borderline as a Trustee in October 2021.

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.

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.

Jane Oliver

Trustee

Jane Oliver, a member of St Columba’s Church of Scotland, originates from Fife and was educated and lived in Edinburgh in her early years. She has had an international career in consultancy, having spent time working and living in Philadelphia, Amsterdam and more widely in Europe. She ultimately located to Chelsea and now lives in Essex. She has worked in London for the past 20 years in the Finance sector.

Jane is President of University of Edinburgh London Alumni Network having graduated from the university with a BA and MBA. She is President of Shenfield and Hutton Ladies Probus Club and Chair of Brentwood Wine Society. Jane is a member of the University Women’s Club in Mayfair and Women in Banking and Finance, having served for seven years on their Executive Board. Her interests include ballet, opera and cruising. She joined Borderline as a Trustee in October 2021.