Our Team

Our Team



Catherine Garner, Membership Services Manager 

Catherine joined The Alliance in January 2019, having previously worked in learning development roles within the voluntary sector (with national children’s charity, Children in Scotland) and Higher Education (with The Open University and Edinburgh Napier University).

Prior to this, she worked in Paris, including three years at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), providing programme support in the area of freedom of expression and media development. During this time, she was involved in the organisation of a number of high-level events, including the UN’s inter-agency meetings on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity.

Catherine is responsible for broadening The Alliance’s membership base and contributing to the delivery of its member services.

Email Catherine or call 0131 281 0881.



Cecilia Corcoran, Finance and Administration Manager


Email Cecilia or call 0131 281 7374



Jane Salmonson, Chief Executive 

Jane joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in November 2015. She came to us from CBM UK, where she worked as Regional Programmes Manager, Southern Africa.  She previously worked as Co-ordinator for L’Arche Overseas Development and CEO of Mercy Corps Scotland.  She has been an active participant in our activities throughout her career in international development.  Prior to joining Mercy Corps in 2000, she worked for SCVO and led the establishment of the then new community foundation for Scotland, now known as Foundation Scotland.

Jane has postgraduate degrees from the University of Edinburgh in International and European Politics and in African Studies.  She lives near Lanark.

Email Jane or call 0131 281 0895

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Laura ffrench-Constant, Effectiveness & Learning Advisor

Laura joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in October 2018. Before joining the Alliance Laura worked for the global development communication consultancy CommsConsult, the University of Exeter and she undertook a variety of freelance projects from collaboratively writing funding applications, to editing evaluative reports. Laura holds an MA (Hons) in Philosophy and Politics and a Masters’ of Public Policy (MPP) both from the University of Edinburgh. Laura is a Youth Member of the International Development Evaluation Association.

Laura supports the Effectiveness & Learning Programme’s portfolio of work at the Alliance, and works on the new UK Aid Connect grant the ‘Civil Society Collective’ delivered by a consortium led by BOND.

Email Laura or call 0131 281 0893



Lewis Ryder-Jones, Deputy Chief Executive 

Lewis joined Scotland’s International Development Alliance in 2017, having previously worked in policy and campaigning for a prominent HIV charity in Scotland. Earlier in his career he has worked in West Africa, South America and the Middle East with large and small iNGOs. Lewis is devoted to affecting positive societal change and has broad knowledge of the political and policy landscape at home and abroad. He holds an MA in Modern European Languages and Politics and an MSc in Comparative Public Policy, both from the University of Edinburgh.

Lewis shares with the Chief Executive the role of representing the organisation in the public domain and is responsible for enabling and facilitating our members’ collaborative work on international development policy. He is also responsible for managing our communications, including the website, newsletter, annual reports, and other information resources.

Email Lewis or call 0131 281 0896

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Philippa Ramsden, Effectiveness & Learning Manager

Philippa joined The Alliance in 2018 having previously worked overseas for 17 years. She has worked in humanitarian and development contexts in Rwanda, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Mongolia with Save the Children International and with VSO in Nepal. Philippa’s early career was in community development in Glasgow before studying as a mature student at the University of Glasgow for her MA (Hons) in French and Russian. Prior to moving overseas in 2000, she worked for the City of Edinburgh Council’s European and International Unit.

Philippa is responsible for designing, developing and implementing the Effectiveness and Learning Programme’s portfolio of services. The Effectiveness and Learning Programme includes virtual and face-to-face and online learning and training activities, mentoring programme, Working Groups and has the overall purpose of supporting Alliance members to manage their overseas programmes to a high standard.

Email Philippa or call 0131 281 0894



Ruth Wilkinson, Project Assistant

Ruth joined Scotland's International Development Alliance in July 2020. Before joining the Alliance, she worked for social justice organisation Global Justice Now, working to mobilise activists in Scotland and beyond. She has also worked with Young Friends of the Earth Scotland, and currently sits on the steering committee. Prior to this, she worked as a freelance designer for five years, and she holds a MA in Illustration from ECA. She is passionate about tackling economic inequality worldwide, and has a particular interest in building inclusivity and diversity into international development.

Ruth supports our communications and events planning and delivery, and provides administrative support for the team.

Email Ruth

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