Giraffe is run by a motivated group of staff, volunteers & trainees, and is overseen by a Board of Directors.

Everything we do is directly or indirectly focussed on enriching the lives of our trainees and the wider community of Perth & Kinross.

Our Staff

We are very lucky to have a group of experienced, passionate and skilled staff, who look after the day to day activities of our organisation.

Gareth RuddockChief Executive

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Steven PearsonFood & Beverage Manager

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Laura ConnacherOperations Manager

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Sarah HammersleyFinance Coordinator

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Kitchen Team


Scott Clark

Senior Kitchen Assistant:

Andrew Black

Kitchen Team:

Lewis Mitchell
Ross Nicol

Café Team

Café Manager:

Keith Meadows

Hospitality Assistants:

Taylor Robertson

Support Staff

Carol Cobb

Our board

Mark Bush

After a career as an IT consultant including air traffic control systems & 7 years on a international trading floor, Mark Bush moved to his wife’s family farm where he started Summer Harvest Ltd in 2008.  Summer Harvest was the first ‘cold pressed rapeseed oil’ business solely based in Scotland and it helped forge a new staple food item in the Scottish kitchen, both at home and in Michelin star restaurants across Scotland.  In addition Mark has taken roles as Chairman of Perth Farmers’ Market, an ambassador for Circular Tayside and is currently chair for the Great Perthshire the new Regional Food Group for Perth & Kinross.

Angie Ferguson

Angie is the Chief Executive of Perth Autism Support, a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation based in Perth & Kinross. With a number of years’ experience working within private, public and the third sectors within a range of training and development, employee relations, housing and social care experience, Angie is keen to support other local organisations who have the same ethos and values, where she can bring her skills to support other individuals to have the best chance in life.  With a particular interest in training and development and funding income generation, Angie has worked at both a strategic and operational level and is looking forward to bringing her experience to support the outstanding work of Check-In and Giraffe.

Michael Hodgson MCIOF(Dip)

Michael is a major gifts fundraiser working with PDSA who has 15+ years experience working in national and local charities in a range of fundraising and leadership roles across several sectors. This has included the Arts, Specialist care, Higher Education and children’s charities. A long standing member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Michael has previously been a board member of Grampian Credit Union, Junior Chamber International and acted as a mentor for Project Scotland and the Institute of Fundraising. While still fairly new to Perthshire, he’s keen to help Giraffe to diversify its voluntary income. His spare time is spent mostly with his dog!