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Our people

Cooks in Malawi making Marys Meals

Our people

We are a movement of people who simply won't accept that a child should go hungry in this world of plenty.

Our Founder

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

Magnus has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help.

He was named one of 2010's ‘Top 10 Heroes’ by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. Magnus has also been awarded Honorary Degrees by the University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Hull.

Before Mary’s Meals, Magnus played shinty for Glenorchy Camanachd Club and was capped four times by Scotland at senior international level.

Magnus is married to Julie, a trained nurse from Inverness. She became his co-driver on some of the first deliveries of aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993, and has been devoted to the charity ever since. They live in Dalmally with their seven children.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow founder of Marys Meals

Executive Leadership Team


Daniel Adams – Executive Director

Daniel proudly hails from Dundee, where he began his career as a journalist with the publisher DC Thomson Media, contributing to a range of magazines, newspapers, comics and books.

In 2011, he was tasked with writing an article on the work of Mary’s Meals, for which he interviewed the charity’s founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. The experience changed his life.

Daniel felt called to leave journalism behind and put himself at the service of the Mary’s Meals mission, providing the world’s poorest children with a nutritious daily meal in school and access to an all-important education.

He was appointed to his current role as Executive Director of Mary’s Meals UK in 2017, having previously worked as Global Director of Communications and Fundraising for Mary’s Meals International.

Daniel lives in Glasgow with his wife Jenn, son Isaac, and their two border terriers. His interests include the theatre, theology and following his football team.

Daniel is a board director/trustee of both The Mungo Foundation, a social care charity, and The North Glasgow Integration Network, a refugee support organisation. He is passionate about seeking a more just world for everyone – most especially for those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised.

Daniel Adams Executive Director of Mary's Meals


Karen Gray – Director of Communications

Karen has worked in the not-for-profit communications sector for almost 20 years, including in countries such as the UK, New Zealand and The Philippines.

Previous roles include organisations, such as UNICEF, Central Office of Information (UK Government) and British Heart Foundation.

Having joined Mary’s Meals in 2015, Karen is passionate about using her skills to support Mary’s Meals’ incredible mission.

Karen lives in Glasgow where her interests include her local church, travelling, and finding new places to have a good coffee!

 

Karen Gray Director of Communications


Alan Brown – Director of Finance and Operations

Alan has been involved with Mary’s Meals since 2005, initially as a volunteer before joining as head of operations in 2009. He was previously director of planning and special projects with Mary’s Meals International before taking up his current role with the UK team in December 2020.

Prior to joining Mary’s Meals, he spent much of his career in micro-electronics manufacturing. His passion for the work of Mary’s Meals burns as bright as ever, with a keen focus on keeping our promise to the children we serve.

Married to Maureen, they have two children and three grandchildren to keep them busy.

Recently ordained as a Deacon in the Church, Alan spends a lot of his spare time working with the parish community of St John the Baptist in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire.

Alan Brown Marys Meals Director of Finance and Operations


Marie Doyle – Director of Supporter Engagement and Income

Marie studied communications and international relations at university. She started her career in the not-for-profit sector in 2009 at a full-service fundraising agency. In this role, she worked with clients such as MSF UK, MSF Australia, MND Association, Stroke Association, Blue Cross, International Animal Rescue on strategic planning, creative development and data analysis.

Marie then spent six years at the Royal British Legion, before joining Mary’s Meals in 2022. She feels really inspired by our promise to keep feeding the children who rely on Mary’s Meals, and our determination to reach the next hungry child waiting.

Marie lives on the South Coast of England with her husband, David, and her little boy, Archie. She volunteers as a school parent governor for her local primary school and in her spare time enjoys long walks with her family, including working cocker spaniel, Dobby.

Marie Doyle - Director of Supporter Engagement and Income

Extended Leadership Team

Mary Lavrie – Head of People

Emma Hutton – Head of Grassroots Engagement

Javaid Latif – Head of Finance

Jim McGowan – Head of Operations

Jo-Anne Hamilton – Head of Communications

Joseph Black – Head of Major Giving and Partnerships

Suzy Harley – Head of Supporter Care

Dr Graham Paterson – Board Director and Chair

From a trade background and with more than 40 years’ experience working in the public sector and construction industry, Graham headed City Building in Glasgow, one of the largest, award-winning construction companies in Scotland with an annual turnover of £220m. He operated at an executive level there for 21 years, including as executive director for nine years, before retiring from the business in March 2021. 

His achievements at City Building included high profile projects such as the construction and refurbishment of sports facilities and stadia for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 European Championships, as well as the formation of a joint venture with Wheatley Housing Group. During his tenure the company achieved numerous business and individual awards and Graham also championed the delivery of many community projects involving City Building, notably several humanitarian visits to Malawi.  

Graham graduated with a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Department of Civil Engineering in 1999, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and was awarded HR National Networks National Chief Executive of the Year in 2019.

He is currently a mentor with the MCR Pathways mentoring programme which supports young people realise their full potential through education.

Graham Paterson Marys Meals Board Director

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow – Board Director

Magnus has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help.

He was named one of 2010's ‘Top 10 Heroes’ by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. Magnus has also been awarded Honorary Degrees by the University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Hull.

Before Mary’s Meals, Magnus played shinty for Glenorchy Camanachd Club and was capped four times by Scotland at senior international level.

Magnus is married to Julie, a trained nurse from Inverness. She became his co-driver on some of the first deliveries of aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993, and has been devoted to the charity ever since. They live in Dalmally with their seven children.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow founder of Marys Meals

David Leslie – Board Director

David is a chartered accountant and was a corporate finance partner in PwC for 20 years. He has extensive experience in advising companies in relation to strategy and financial matters. He now runs an independent advisory firm called Leslie Corporate Finance, and works with a range of businesses and individuals.

David is married to Marion and they have three children, who are all now in their 20s. He lives in Glasgow and enjoys spending time in Arran. His hobbies include walking, climbing and photography in the Scottish countryside, and generally keeping fit.

He is interested in Scottish heritage and culture, plays the bagpipes and sings in a choir. He has been a NTS member for 15 years and is passionate about ensuring that Scotland’s heritage is preserved and maintained for future generations.

David Leslie Marys Meals board member

John Fulton – Board Director

John, managing director of Claremont Centre Limited, has 30 years’ experience in sales and logistics, with specific expertise in the office furniture supply industry.

His career began as a teenager when he was offered his first job in a stationery supply shop, based in his home town of Greenock. As the business expanded to incorporate office furniture and open new branches, John’s changing role and travel requirements led him to move from Scotland to London. 

His interest in the work of Mary’s Meals goes back to the very earliest days of the charity’s mission.

Keen to see the school feeding programme in action for himself, John travelled to Malawi in 2010, where he visited schools and met children who receive Mary’s Meals each day. The experience was to have a profound impact and John returned with an even deeper commitment to the organisation.

A father of five, and doting grandfather of three, he is settled in Bedfordshire with wife Amanda and their two youngest children.

John enjoys the extensive international travel that comes with his role as MD of Claremont Centre Limited and, away from work and his Mary’s Meals commitments, he is a keen follower of Scottish football. 

John Fulton Marys Meals Board Member

Emma Oddie – Board Director

Emma is a copywriter running her own business and writing for a range of clients in the science, engineering and construction industries. With a passion for education, Emma spent two years as a secondary science teacher and served as a governor at her local primary school. After leaving teaching, she continued to pursue a career in marketing, working at several corporate organisations before becoming a freelance copywriter in 2015.

Having read The Shed That Fed A Million Children – Emma contacted the Mary's Meals team to volunteer her services and, soon after, became a community ambassador for the charity.  She has been fundraising and raising awareness in Essex and Suffolk for a number of years.

Emma is passionate about the life-changing work of Mary's Meals and the simple act of providing a meal in a place of education to change the future of children living in extreme poverty.

Emma Oddie Marys Meals Board Member

Fr. Frankie Mulgrew – Board Director

Ordained in 2013, Fr Frankie is a priest of the Diocese of Salford in the north of England and currently serves as the parish priest of St James and All Souls in the city and as Catholic chaplain to the University of Salford. Fr Frankie has compiled and edited two books – Does God LOL? and Miracles R Us – with his authorship proceeds being donated to his favourite charity, Mary’s Meals, and he was part of the team which set up and operated ‘Mercy Bus’ in the UK during Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy.

The son of comedian Jimmy Cricket, Fr Frankie Mulgrew initially followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a stand-up comedian and professional entertainer, before eventually answering a calling to become a Catholic priest.

A gifted communicator, Fr Frankie has addressed major Christian events all over the UK and has ministered and spoken alongside such inspirational Catholic figures as Matt Maher, Chris Stefanick and Paul J. Kim.

Father Frankie Mulgrew Marys Meals Board Member

Ellen Rafferty – Board Director

Ellen has spent her career, spanning more than 40 years, working with young people in the secondary education sector within Lanarkshire. From the outset of her working life, she has been committed to promoting global citizenship, leadership and the importance of sustainability. Ellen was appointed principal teacher of Geography in St Ambrose High, Coatbridge in 1986 – from there she progressed into senior management and was appointed to the post of head teacher in 2007. She held this post until her retirement in October 2020.

Ellen has also contributed to managing change and influencing decision making at school and local authority level partly through her work as local authority president of School Leaders’ Scotland and through different posts on committees and working groups. She is a Columba 1400 graduate and was one of the early successful candidates to gain the Scottish Qualification of Headship. Ellen was awarded an MBE for Services to Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2020.

Ellen has endeavoured to promote the work of Mary’s Meals within the school setting believing that her professional commitment that ‘every child matters’ resonates clearly with the mission of the charity.

Ellen feels blessed to have come from a family which values education and is dedicated to applying her skills and experiences to support Mary’s Meals in its work to improve the life chances of children living in extreme poverty. 

Ellen Raferty Marys Meals Board Member

Angela Duffy – Board Director

Angela is a strategy consultant with 20 years of experience. She has worked in some of the world's biggest advertising and digital agencies on global FTSE/Fortune 100 accounts. Past clients have included Allianz, Audi, Barclaycard, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Tesco, Unilever, and the World Health Organization.  

Angela has been a monthly donor to Mary's Meals for several years, wanting to help change how poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education in some of the world's poorest communities.  

In 2020, Angela reached out to Mary’s Meals to volunteer her skills to support the charity's aim to feed two million children. As a result of helping the team with strategic planning, Angela was subsequently invited to join the UK board in 2021.  

Originally from Glasgow, Angela has lived in London for over 20 years. She holds a BA (Hons) from Strathclyde Business School and an MBA from Imperial College London. 

Anglea Duffy Marys Meals Board Member

Clare Hunter – Board Director

Clare is a marketing and communications professional with 10 years’ experience delivering successes in her field of expertise.

With a passion for pioneering technology, she led the marketing strategy at her family’s business, Coltraco Ultrasonics, launching new safety products to customers in 120 countries across 19 market sectors.

Most recently, she joined WaveOptics and became involved with the biggest hardware technology acquisition in the UK at the time, by Californian company Snap Inc.

Having studied Theology at Durham University, Clare is passionate about women in business, using technology for social good, student talent, and believes that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.

She loves Mary’s Meals for its singular focus on feeding the next hungry child and the joy which a daily meal in school brings to some of the world’s poorest children.

In 2016, Clare gave her time freely to help raise awareness of Mary’s Meals in London. A few years later, she led a team of siblings and friends to run across Hadrian's Wall and organised a black-tie ball to raise money for the charity. She has followed this through to co-lead the Mary’s Meals Young Professionals Group which supports efforts to reach more hungry children.

Close up of Clare Hunter smiling into camera
Child in class in Kenya

Our story

Learn our story and how we came to be feeding more than two million children every school day.