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Our Team and Governance

We’re not just passionate about supporting our bereaved military children and young people, we’re passionate about creating a charity we can all be proud of. We aren’t held back by tradition, and innovation and transparency are at the core of everything we do.

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Our Culture & Values

Our culture is so important to the team here at Scotty HQ. It defines us as a charity and is non-negotiable for anyone joining us on our mission. Central to our culture are our four core values. We don’t just talk about them, we live them every single day. Check out the Scotty's Culture Code.

Families Come First

Our beneficiaries are the sole reason we are here. For every decision we make and every action we take, we ask ourselves how this takes us closer to completing our mission.

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Everyone a supporter, every supporter a V.I.P.

Everyone who walks through our doors has the potential to support the charity. Without that support we can't achieve our mission. Everyone is a potential supporter & every supporter should be treated like a V.I.P.

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Love what you do

When you truly love what you do it shouldn't feel like work, and when it doesn't feel like work you can achieve great things. We work as a team towards one goal, our mission.

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Remember Everyday

For our beneficiaries remembrance isn't just one day of the year, it's everyday of the year. We remember the sacrifices made by these families everyday.

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Trustees

To ensure the team at Scotty HQ stay true to our mission, like most charities, we have a board of Trustees to watch over our work. The Trustees have overall legal responsibility for the charity but delegate most of the day to day activities to the team.

Dominic O'Sullivan
Dominic O'Sullivan

Dominic O’Sullivan is a former RAF physical training instructor, now working as a health and fitness consultant and has teamed up with JobOppO to help veterans find employment. He also hosts the NAAFI Break podcast, where he and guests discuss the move from military life to successful second careers. He is a long-time supporter of Scotty’s Little Soldiers and took part in 2013’s record breaking 25-hour rugby match. This June, he is continuing his fundraising efforts with a 12-day, 2300-mile cycling trip around the UK in support of bereaved Forces children and young people.

Ellen Plumer
Ellen Plumer

Ellen Plumer was born into a military family and has over 15 years of experience working within large charities such as Norwood, Barnardo’s and Ben. She specialises in diversifying income streams, ensuring functions are streamlined and overheads minimised whilst never losing focus on the people the charity supports. As the current Head of Employer Services and Partnerships for Ben, Ellen focuses on the various ways businesses can support charities in this challenging economic time. Her working history has provided her with frontline experience of the impact these uncertainties have on the young people involved.

Jason Worthy – Chair
Jason Worthy – Chair

Jason is a fitness and sports industry veteran having spent the last two and half decades working across the global fitness industry. He is the former CEO of Life Fitness Inc – the $1.1 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) and Vice President of Boating Services International at Brunswick. Jason is now the owner of the Berkshire franchise for The Outdoors Project which runs adventure clubs for children aged 5 to 11 helping them get outdoors and reconnected with nature. Jason is also an International Growth Consultant working with organisations all around the world to develop sustainable growth initiatives.

Jon “Tank” James
Jon “Tank” James

Jon “Tank” James has been an active supporter of Scotty’s from its inception. Jon is a Vice President at the Bank of America, as well as a committee member and Events Lead for the bank’s Military Support & Assistance Group Network (MSAG). He is a 13-year British Army Veteran and served in the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment until 2016. During this time, Jon served with Corporal Lee Scott, and was deployed with him in Afghanistan in 2009 when Lee was killed. Lee, who was known as “Scotty,” is the reason Scotty’s Little Soldiers exists.

Luke Priestley
Luke Priestley

Luke has been an operations director for Oakrange Engineering for over thirty years. Oakrange is a military supplier that produces military test equipment for the warrior tank and various transport vehicles within the army and RAF, working closely with the Staffordshire regiment. Luke has worked globally within the fibre optics industry, working in China, Europe and the USA as a divisional operations manager within a global company with a turnover of $22billion. Luke has now started entrepreneur business mentoring, helping military personnel find a passion in running and growing their own businesses. Luke is proud to have supported bereaved forces children for over 11 years.

Simon Millar
Simon Millar

Simon is CEO of Albanwise Insurance Services having spent the past thirty years in a variety of roles within the property industry, working for developers, property managers, events organisers and insurance brokers. Heavily involved with local rugby, including Committee roles at East Midlands Rugby Union, Simon was first inspired to get involved with Scotty’s Little Soldiers after seeing Nikki speak at a rugby dinner. After four years of fundraising by way of an annual Charity Ball that he helped to organise, Simon was invited to become a Trustee in May 2018, and took up the role of Chair later that year.

Steven Ward
Steven Ward

Steven Ward is an experienced leader of non-profit organisations, spending 13-years within the sector, 4 years as CEO. During his time as a CEO Steven reformed the governance of the organisation to exceed levels expected by best practice guides, implemented a digital transformation that has set the organisation up for success, and oversaw a sustained period of growth driven through collaboration with key strategic partners ranging from national and local government to major consumer brands. Steven is passionate about using cross-sector innovation and collaboration to tackle major challenges facing society. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, keeping active and practising learning Spanish.

Families Team

The heartbeat of Scotty’s. These are the guys delivering direct support to bereaved military children and young people. Everything is driven by the F-Team and the rest of us are here to help them do their jobs.

Charlie
Charlie
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families Team
Head of SUPPORT

I look after the SUPPORT programme and enable our Members to access emotional bereavement support via assessments with their Parent/Carer. I am also in the privileged position to help our wonderful Parent and Carers via support and signposting.

Emma
Emma
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Head of STRIDES

I look after the STRIDES programme. This includes processing our Member and Springboarders Grants and overseeing our Standby project which ensures bereaved Service children & young people are sensitively supported in their education.

Katie
Katie
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SMILES Assistant

I look after the SMILES Programme and am responsible for sending out gifts and vouchers and booking Scotty Breaks for our bereaved military families.

Lorna
Lorna
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Head of Bereavement, Education and Safeguarding

I help to design bereavement related services and resources that specifically help young people cope with their grief, as well as oversee the inclusion of the voice of children and young people within the charity via the Scotty's Council.

Mark
Mark
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families Team
Child & Young Person Support Worker

I have the privilege of working directly with our bereaved military children and young people through one-to-one bereavement support sessions and virtual meet-ups.

Nikki
Nikki
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families Team
Founder

I founded Scotty's Little Soldiers after my husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan in 2009. My role is to ensure that bereaved military families receive the very best support, and to help raise awareness of the charity by sharing my story.

Supporter Team

If the Families Team understand what our beneficiaries need, it’s the job of the Supporter Team to help them fulfil that. So that means raising lots of awareness and funding to cover the cost of our work with bereaved military children and young people.

Andy S
Andy S
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supporter Team
Head of Fundraising, Marketing & Supporter Experience

I lead our fantastic Supporter Team who are focused on raising the funds and awareness that Scotty's needs to achieve its vision of supporting 1,000 bereaved military children and young people a year by 2030.

Baylee
Baylee
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Graphic Designer

I am responsible for developing the Scotty's brand we all know and love and supporting the charity's graphic design needs, including creating resources and documents for our bereaved military families and our amazing supporters.

Hannah
Hannah
supporter Team
Head of Brand and Content

I am dedicated to connecting our incredible community by sharing inspiring stories and raising awareness of our mission to support bereaved military children and young people through engaging and impactful social media content.

Joe
Joe
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SEO Content Creator

I create the written content for Scotty's website, sharing our members' stories, producing bereavement resources, documenting our biggest events and highlighting some of the incredible challenges our supporters take on for bereaved military children and young people.

Lucy
Lucy
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supporter Team
Head of Growth and Acquisition

I look after marketing across all of our digital platforms and increasing awareness of the charity, our Members stories' and encouraging our amazing supporters to join us on our mission to be supporting 1000+ bereaved military children and young people annually by 2030.

Sarah W
Sarah W
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supporter Team
Head of PR & Comms

I oversee Scotty’s comms and manage relationships with the media, ambassadors and influencers to help raise awareness of Scotty’s and the work we do in supporting bereaved military children.

Stephen
Stephen
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Filmmaker

I film and produce Scotty's short films, Member's stories, events and any video content we share with our Scotty Families and amazing supporters to help drive engagement with the charity and raise awareness of our mission.

Susan
Susan
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supporter Team
Supporter Care

I give our fabulous supporters and fundraisers a VIP experience. It is the best job in the world as I get to speak to lovely people who want to help bereaved military children every day. Scotty's supporters are the best!

Operations Team

The Ops Team are here to make sure everyone else can do what they need to do to support bereaved military families. That means making sure the charity runs smoothly and the rest of the team have the tools they need to delivery world class support.

Aimee
Aimee
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operations Team
Facilities Executive

I look after facilities at Scotty's Little Soldiers and ensure that everything is running smoothly so our team can continue to support bereaved military children and young people.

Andy P
Andy P
operations Team
Head of IT

I ensure that all IT systems, applications, hardware, software and networks in Scotty's are secure and effective and are delivered at a reasonable cost.

Jade
Jade
operations Team
People and Culture Manager

I am accountable for the recruitment of highly talented individuals, helping the charity through change management and creating a great place to do “best-work”.

Nicola
Nicola
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operations Team
Head of Finance

I complete the Charity’s budgets, forecasts and financial reporting, ensuring we have the funds we require to be able to support our bereaved military children and young people.

Sarah DB
Sarah DB
operations Team
Accounts Executive

I handle payroll, expenses, accounts and support with the finances of Scotty's Little Soldiers.

Stuart
Stuart
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operations Team
CEO

My role is to ensure that the Scotty's Little Soldiers team have what they need to provide the very best support for our bereaved military children and young people, and that the charity continues to generate enough income to support growth.

Jobs

Would you like to join our team and make a difference in the lives of bereaved military children and young people? Help us achieve our mission: To provide relief from the effects of bereavement to young people who have experienced the death of a parent who served with the Armed Forces of the Crown.

We have a clear vision of what our future looks like and are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team. Does this sound like you? Click here to view our current opportunities.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all team members to share this commitment. Please note that successful candidates will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check prior to starting employment.

Upcoming

Don't see the role for you? Send us your CV if you're interested in working at Scotty's: [email protected]

Policies

We like to keep our policies to a minimum but as a children’s charity some are absolutely essential. To make it easier for stakeholders to find our policies we’ve created a master policy document with all of them in one place. We update the master once a year and upload to our website. We occasionally make minor updates to policies throughout the year so if you have any queries please contact us at [email protected].

Scotty's Policies Pack

Financial

As a registered charity our annual report is publicly available for download from the Charity Commission website, but you can find all our reports right here as well.

Financial reports are structured in a certain way to meet legal requirements but that often means they aren’t always presented in a way which makes common sense. If you’ve got any questions at all about our financial reports feel free to contact us. Read the report in full below and view previous year's reports.

2022 Annual Report 2021 Annual Review 2020 Annual Report 2019 Annual Report 2018 Annual Report 2017 Annual Report 2016 Annual Report
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