Reverend Fiona Smith
I have had the privilege of being the Chair of IF from the beginning; I am also the Minister of Ness Bank Church.
The work of IF combines the skills of my previous job as a lawyer in London and my calling to be a minister – people are at the heart of IF but we also need to ensure that we run things properly too!
I am married to Andrew and we have two teenage daughters.
I have worked in the NHS for 40 years – mostly as a GP in Inverness and finally retired completely at the end of 2018. I have enjoyed all aspects of my health work and met many fantastic people, and made a lot of friends, along that journey. It also gave me an insight into the challenges facing some people day to day and the specific issues that can impact on their well being.
I volunteer mainly in the café and very much value the opportunity to meet and work with so many people. I especially like the lively atmosphere of the sessions and the camaraderie of Inverness Foodstuff. I consider that together we have established a vibrant supportive community.
And – I am very proud to be Welsh and, despite my love of living in the Highlands for so long, still call Wales ‘Home’!
I have been involved in finance all my working life, as a Buyer in the construction industry, Financial Advisor in Pensions and Life assurance, and Stewardship Adviser for the Diocese of Norwich.
I first became involved in fundraising when our son, Stuart, was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. I set up a Branch in Welwyn Garden City and went on to sit on their National Council.
I became Treasurer of the URC, then moved to Holt in Norfolk where I became Treasurer of the Anglican Church,
then Deanery Assessor and Synod member. We moved back to Scotland in 2004, and I joined Ness Bank Church.
I am now their Finance Team Leader, and served 7 years as Presbytery Treasurer. I have helped fundraise for Direct
Access Accommodation in Inverness centre, Crossroads, L’Arche, and now IF.
Twice in my life I have been unemployed and skint, so have some idea of how tough life can be, so can empathise with our clients.
|I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1990 and having worked in various NHS roles, took up a homelessness|
|role with Highland Council in 2001. I now work as a Principal Housing Officer and work with a team of 15 officers|
|assessing and managing the accommodation needs for those presenting to Highland Council in Inverness.|
|The team deal with a diverse range of households many of whom have attended Inverness Foodstuff over the last|
|four years, and have been assisted with a range of complex and practical difficulties they have faced.|
|I have been involved with Inverness Foodstuff since its inception and regularly attend sessions to support the IF team.|
I believe that communities are happier, stronger and better places to live in if we recognise and value everyone
– and take part in making them work. I realised that I had time to put this into action a bit more, and got involved with Inverness Foodstuff. Having worked in housing policy for 30 years now, I’m very aware of the challenges that people face when they have nowhere settled and secure to call home. I’ve also just found out that volunteering is good for my health so that’s a bonus!
Iain has worked in both the voluntary sector (over 30 years) and statutory sector (15 years)
and has worked in the areas of homelessness, addictions, housing development and child care, working in Edinburgh, Highland and Honduras Central America.
Margaret grew up in Inverness and between the years 1976 – 1991 – worked as secretary, and marketing
assistant in Aberdeen, Milan, La Spezia and Zingonia.
From 1993 – 2017 – Margaret worked for Highland Council as secretary to Director of Housing, secretary to Director of Housing and Property, secretary to Director of Care and Learning
June MacLeod – Operations Manager
June Macleod has an extensive background in the Third Sector spanning more than 20 years. She is founder
and former CEO of the SHIRLIE Project, a historically successful Supported Employment Agency for those at greatest disadvantage in entering and sustaining meaningful employment.
June spent many years working in the Middle East. Since her return to the UK in 2010, June was employed by large charities Chest Heart & Stroke (Scotland) and British Red Cross before taking up the role of Chief Officer of Signpost in November 2016.
Signpost were the delivery partner of Highland Third Sector interface (HTSI) for the delivery Third-Sector support contract on behalf of Scottish Government and involved building the capacity of the Third-Sector community to become more attractive and effective partners for public service delivery. Aside from this work Signpost also directly delivered support services for those vulnerable and disadvantaged. June oversaw the delivery of the Handyperson Project and in 2018 spearheaded the development of a recovery themed community café In the City Centre (recently rebranded as ‘In This Together Café).
June was passionate in her belief this would positively impact the communities in and around Inverness, particularly for those who have an offending background, are battling addictions, or were vulnerable by age. The Café enjoyed a high-profile launch in September 2018 and continues the legacy of June’s vision.
Having recently spent a year in Northern Ireland, working with Victim Support, providing an outreach service to victims of crime in a broad geographical area, June was delighted to return to Inverness to take the offer from the Board for the post of Operations Manager with Inverness Foodstuff. Having long since been a huge advocate and admirer of the work of the charity in tackling poverty, inequality and social isolation, June feels extremely enthusiastic, excited and motivated for the future of the organisation and its many beneficiaries.