Staff Team

The Poverty Alliance has a small staff team whose role is to help deliver on the strategic priorities set by the Board and membership of the Alliance. The current staff team is:

Peter Kelly, Director

Robin Tennant, Fieldwork Manager

Poe McHugh, Finance and Administration Manager

Twimukye Mushaka, Senior Fieldwork Development Officer

Anna Baillie, Project Officer - A Menu for Change

Fiona McHardy, Research and Information Manager

Neil Cowan, Policy and Parliamentary Officer

Rachel Thomson, Campaigns and Policy Assistant

Julie McGahan, Living Wage Scotland Manager

Jack Evans, Living Wage Scotland Manager 

Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Places National Coordinator 

Christine McCaig, Living Wage Accreditation Officer 

Rachel Morrison, Living Wage Accreditation Officer 

Iain Russell, Living Wage Accreditation Officer  

Patricia Di-Tommaso, Administrative Assistant

Lesley Sherwood, Administrative Assistant

Jiyoung Kim, Administrative Assistant


Peter Kelly, Director

Peter joined the Poverty Alliance as Policy Manager in 2002, becoming Director in 2004.  He is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the organisation, ensuring that the Alliance is delivering the objectives set by the board and members.  Peter also represents the Alliance in a variety of forums and networks, including Scottish Drugs Forum and the Living Wage Foundation's Advisory Council. He is also currently Vice President of the European Anti-Poverty Network. Peter is also Company Secretary on the Board of the Alliance.

Before joining the Alliance he worked at the Scottish Low Pay Unit, helping to campaign for the introduction of the National Minimum Wage.

Contact Peter:

Robin Tennant, Fieldwork Manager

Robin has been Fieldwork Manager with The Poverty Alliance since 2001. He is responsible for overseeing the development of the Alliance's community engagement work and our Poverty Awareness Training programme. Robin previously worked with the Alliance as a Community Resource Officer.

Robin has also worked with Scottish Borders Council, Glasgow Caledonian University (where he helped found the Scottish Poverty Information Unit) and Save the Children.

He has a Degree in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters Degree in Applied Social Science from Glasgow Caledonian University. He is married with 2 grown up children (oh! and 4 cats and a dog)

Contact Robin:

Poe McHugh, Finance and Administration Manager

Poe was educated in Australia and has almost 20 years experience of working as an Administrator in Thailand, Ireland and Scotland.

Poe has been with Poverty Alliance since July 1999. She is responsible for the overall day- to-day running of the office and managing the budgets for the Alliance. 

Poe enjoys travel, reading (especially Thai) and is a 'fanatical movie goer' (but don't ask her the names of the actors and actresses - she's clueless!)

Contact Poe:

Twimukye Macline Mushaka Senior Fieldwork Development Officer

Twimukye has been working with the Poverty Alliance in Glasgow as a Senior Fieldwork Development Officer since 2008. Her main role is working with grassroots community based organisations and people with direct experience of poverty in getting their voices heard in policy and decision making structures at National and local levels. Twimukye is also responsible for Poverty Awareness Training including direct engagement with frontline professionals on issues poverty and social exclusion.  

Previously, Twimukye worked as Executive Director of the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU) in the late 1990s and as an independent advisor and consultant on disability and development issues in Eastern and Southern African regions until 2000. 

Twimukye has extensive experience of involvement with a range of third sector organisations in Scotland including being on the Board of the Scottish Refugee Council (2008 -2014) Member of the Board of Directors of One Parent Families ( 2013 – 2017), Bridging the Gap ( 2014 –March 2017). Twimukye was the Chair of Information and Learning for All Project (ILFA) and is currently a member of the Board of Deaf Blind Scotland. 

Twimukye has spoken on a range of topics on poverty, disability, refugees and migrants as well as gender related issues both at national and international levels. 

Contact Twimukye:

Fiona McHardy Research and Information Manager 

Fiona McHardy is Research and Information manager and is responsible for the overall management and delivery of all research programmes. Fiona has been involved in poverty and social exclusion research, working at grassroots, Scottish, UK and European level for a range of funders including the European Commission, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Wellcome Trust and the Big Lottery Fund.  She has an extensive background of research management and is experienced in applied social research and qualitative and quantitative methods. She is an expert in inclusive research methods and conducting research on sensitive aspects of poverty. She was part of the editorial team for the Poverty in Scotland 2016 book. Presently she is part of the editorial team for a forthcoming publication as part of the Academy of Government Reference Group on Inequalities at University of Edinburgh. Her research studies have been utilised in a range of policy settings including: local authorities, the Scottish Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Outside of work, she enjoys going to the gym particularly kettlebell classes, and is fan of trying different types of gin. 

Contact Fiona:

 Anna Baillie Project Officer - A Menu for Change

 Anna has recently joined the Poverty Alliance as part of A Menu for Change, a new partnership initiative to reduce the need for food aid in Scotland. Anna is responsible for engaging with staff and volunteers from community projects, as well as statutory services, elected representatives, policy makers and local people in order to  work together to find preventative, rights-based and dignified solutions for people facing food insecurity.

 Having worked around the world, Anna’s previous experience lies in teaching, adult education and community engagement. Conducting a piece of research into emergency food aid provision and its drivers in Glasgow led to an active interest in this area of work and this current post.

 Anna has a degree in French and English literature and a Masters in Community Learning and Development.  In her spare time she cycles, does yoga and drinks beer, although not always all at the same time.

Contact Anna:


Neil Cowan Policy and Parliamentary Officer

Neil joined the Poverty Alliance in March 2018 as Policy and Parliamentary Officer.

He came to the Poverty Alliance from the British Red Cross, where he worked in a policy and public affairs role. Prior to this, he was based in London and worked for a number of charities including The Hepatitis C Trust and the Refugee Council.

Neil has an MA in Politics and English Literature and an MSc in International Politics from the University of Glasgow.

Outside of work, Neil can usually be found marathon training or enduring Partick Thistle matches.

Contact Neil:

Julie McGahan Living Wage Scotland Manager 

Julie joined the Poverty Alliance in April 2014 when the Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative was established. As Programme Manager, Julie is responsible for ensuring the Initiative delivers its objectives. This involves supporting the Living Wage Accreditation team's work with employers across Scotland, and working together with partners including the Living Wage Foundation, the Scottish Government and a range of organisations from the public, private and third sector.

Prior to working with the Poverty Alliance, Julie worked with NHS Health Scotland in a variety of roles, including with the Scottish Public Health Network and the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives. She has an M.A. in Literary Studies and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Glasgow.

Julie has a young son, and enjoys yoga, reading and listening to old vinyl records. She is also a qualified masseuse.

Contact Julie:

Jack Evans Living Wage Scotland Manager 

Jack joined the Poverty Alliance in March 2015.  

Jack studied Politics at the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining the Poverty Alliance, Jack worked in a variety of roles in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining the Poverty Alliance he was a logistics manager with Hennes & Mauritz AB  (H & M) a Swedish multinational retail-clothing company.  Jack was also responsible for sustainability at H&M Scotland.

His role at the Poverty Alliance involves private sector and local authority engagement on the Living Wage.

Contact Jack:

Lynn Anderson Living Wage Places National Coordinator

Lynn joined the Poverty Alliance as Living Wage Accreditation Officer in June 2016. She works with a range of employers across Scotland, with a particular focus on Third Sector organisations.

Lynn graduated with a degree in Public Policy from the University of Glasgow and went on to work in a number of Third Sector roles with the Wisegroup and Energy Saving Trust. Immediately prior to joining the Poverty Alliance, Lynn worked in a management position at Citizens Advice Direct for over 4 years.

Lynn has a young son named Jack. When time allows, Lynn is a keen reader, enjoys watching movies and loves a good debate on social policy issues. She is partial to a good French Martini from time-to-time.

Contact Lynn:


Christine McCaig Living Wage Accreditation Officer 

Christine has an honours degree in Geography from the University of Strathclyde where she took a particular interest in geopolitics. Christine then went on to join the British Red Cross Refugee Services where she supported refugee and asylum seeking women in Glasgow during the ante and postnatal stages of pregnancy. She then spent just under two years working in the third sector, supporting people in the homeless system in order to secure permanent housing, integrate them into their new surroundings and deal with the daily challenges caused by acute poverty.

Christine has a young son who enjoys the outdoors, so in her spare time they like to go on adventures together. After said adventures, Christine likes to unwind with a glass of red wine.

Contact Christine:


Rachel Morrison Living Wage Accreditation Officer 

Rachel gained her honours degree in International Studies from The Open University in 2017. She has spent the last 8 years working in luxury retail for Goldsmiths the Jewellers, progressing into management 4 years ago working in the flagship Scottish store and smaller stores. This allowed her to develop strong people skills working with a variety of people in the private sector.


Rachel is an avid reader and loves nothing more than curling up with a good book. But can be tempted away from this by the offer of a cocktail.

Contact rachel:


Iain Russell Living Wage Accreditation Officer 

Iain has an honours degree in Humanities with English Language, and has qualifications in Social Sciences and Training and Development. With a background in corporate training, he has worked mainly in economic development since 2004, fulfilling key employer engagement roles with Third Sector charity and local regeneration organisations. Prior to joining the Living Wage Scotland team at The Poverty Alliance, Iain worked as an Economic Development Officer with a Scottish local authority.

Iain spent ten years living and working abroad, including establishing a small training business, and also has experience working in a global context for a major life sciences company.

A would-be cartoonist regularly found wandering in his local countryside with four-legged companion, Hamish.

Contact Iain:

Patricia Di Tommaso Administrative Assistant

Tricia has many, too many to mention, years of administrative experience working in all sectors.  Although she admits that all her report cards described her as “very easily distracted” we think this makes her an excellent multi-tasker!

Outside of work, she enjoys beach combing, listening to vinyl and reading American crime and French classic fiction.  Her personal goals for this year are to create a stained glass window for her new home and to improve her poker playing skills.

Contact Patricia:

Lesley Sherwood Administrative Assistant 

Lesley joined the Poverty Alliance in June 2016 as a part time Administrative Assistant.  Her first job was as a shorthand typist in the circulation department at DC Thomson in Glasgow and her most recent employment was as an administrator with Cosgrove Care in Giffnock. 

Lesley completed a secretarial course in Langside College, Glasgow back when you learned how to use a Gestetner Machine for copying documents. Lesley spent 10 years living and working in Copenhagen and is really enjoying the arrival of Nordic noir to our television screens!

Contact Lesley:

Jiyoung Kim Administrative Assistant

Jiyoung joined the Poverty Alliance in September 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. She studied Political Sciences and International Relations, Public Relations and Advertising.  Previously Jiyoung worked for the American Embassy in Seoul and the Korean Embassy in London. She has volunteered for numerous charities in London and Glasgow. 
Jiyoung spends her spare time with a lovely singing cat named Orpheus and enjoys traveling and learning about foreign cultures. She is passionate about new challenges and her current goal is to learn how to swim. 
Contact Jiyoung:



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