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.
Senior Leadership Team
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.
In her spare time, Marie enjoys long walks with her family, including working cocker spaniel, Dobby.
Extended Leadership Team
Annette Reid – Head of People
Dan McNally – Head of Grassroots Engagement
Javaid Latif – Head of Finance
Rebecca Birch – Head of Marketing
Jim McGowan – Head of Operations
Jessica Faulkner – Head of Media and Content
Thomas Black – Head of Major Giving and Partnerships