'If it’s not you, then who? If it’s not now, then when? When do we break down cross sector barriers to deliver “Collaboraction”?'

  • 24 April 2024
  • Webinar
Event Details

Scotland Members’ Network event 

Collabor-action (noun) – working together to deliver against an impactful common purpose

Breaking down barriers to collaborate effectively can be one of the toughest obstacles for professionals in the modern era. We’re often also faced with the question on who’s responsibility it is to break down those barriers. We therefore ask the questions, if it’s not you, then who? If it’s not now, then when?

The recent cross-sector collaboration between the private, public, and voluntary sectors to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in Scotland is a great example of a team of people working together to break down these barriers for a common cause. Their efforts have made a significant difference to the local community and the Institute’s Scotland Members’ Network is delighted to welcome along an esteemed panel to discuss this inspiring story, and how the lessons learned can apply to multiple projects and roles.

In this session we welcome back Sheena Hales of NatWest Group who previously spoke to us following her award of the British Empire Medal for service to the Finance Industry through her charity work during COVID-19 pandemic. Sheena and her team at Royal Bank of Scotland pivoted their efforts from supporting the local community during the pandemic to supporting displaced Ukrainians arriving in Scotland. Sheena and colleagues across the bank worked closely with contacts in both the Public and Voluntary sector to deliver this successfully, many of whom will be joining us on the panel.

Join Rory McIntyre, former Chairperson of the Institute’s Scotland Members’ Network, as he sits down with our panel to discuss their journey, how this collaboration has worked, and the difference it has made.


Rory McIntyre

Rory McIntyre

NatWest Group | Performance and Business Management Manager


Rory McIntyre has been an employee of NatWest Group since 2016 and currently works as a Performance and Business Management Manager within the bank’s Services Workforce Enablement team. Most of Rory’s time with NatWest Group has been in a variety of business management roles relating to workforce management activities such as headcount forecasting and hiring governance. Following studies in Mathematics and Economics at the University of Strathclyde, he regularly seeks opportunities to apply his analytical skillset to streamline manual data manipulation processes and has become an Excel SME within his wider business unit.

Away from his day job, Rory is a keen musician, an ardent sports fan, and an active member of the Chartered Banker Institute’s Edinburgh Lothians and Fife District Centre, serving as Chairperson since early 2022.

Sheena Hales

NatWest Group | Programme Manager

Barbara Haig

Social Bite | Social Impact Team Development and Innovation Lead

Barbara Haig has worked within the charity sector, starting as a counsellor 25 years ago. Barbara joined Social Bite due to her interest in Social Business. Working for Social Bite for 8yrs, is the Innovation Lead for the Social Impact Team. Barbara is passionate about making connections, being creative and spotlighting the issues faced by marginalised communities.

Gavin Sharpe

Edinburgh City Council | Resilience Specialist


Gavin has been working for the City of Edinburgh Council since 2011, originally as a Project Coordinator for the Winter Weather Programme before moving over to a wider Resilience role in 2013. Within that role Gavin has developed and implemented the Council’s emergency management and business continuity strategies both within the Council as well as in conjunction with partner agencies citywide and nationally, and represents the Council on local and regional resilience groups.

Over the last few years, the city has faced a number of major incidents where Gavin has provided incident response as part of a multi-agency approach, and is what led to him being asked to lead the Ukraine Support response on behalf of the city in early March 2022. Since March 2022 Gavin has been the Lead Officer for the Ukraine Support Programme and along with colleagues from many other council services and partner agencies, supports the 3000 Ukrainian nationals living in the city with the team also managing the national welcome hub that was originally set up within the RBS / Natwest Gogarburn Campus, but has now relocated to the Vega Building at South Gyle. To date, over 11000 Ukrainian nationals have been welcomed and supported through the hub on arrival into Scotland.

Andrea Fraser

Justice | Civil Justice Lawyer


Andrea is a human rights lawyer, working on both domestic and international law issues.She became involved with humanitarian projects during University, helping to co-found an aid organization to support refugees fleeing Syria. Using her international experience and connections, Andrea has volunteered abroad and at home to support individuals and organisations in Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey and now Ukraine, where she is involved in various projects including evacuations, the provision of specialised aid, the creation of community resilience hubs and a rehabilitation centre for those experience war related injuries and trauma.

Andrea also sits on a medical aid steering group for pregnant women and is an advisor to White Ribbon Ukraine - an organisation dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. Last year Andrea cycled from Ukraine to Edinburgh to raise funds for relief efforts. Andrea's approach to charity work is to "joint the dots" and bring people together to solve problems.

Jayne Currie

Scottish Financial Enterprise | Director Membership

Jayne has worked in Financial Services for over 25 years, mostly within the life and pensions sector.  Her passion is the customer and of course SFE members.  Jayne has worked at Standard Life, Scottish Widows and Royal London in various marketing, strategy, customer and insight roles.

Hannah Beaton-Hawryluk

The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain | The Chairman

Hannah is the daughter of a displaced Ukrainian after the second world war. The Association of Ukrainians GB was set up in 1946 to support all Ukrainians both socially and culturally whilst away from home. Hannah was elected to the post of chair on 5th March 2022, and has since been supporting all Ukrainians that have arrived to Scotland because of the illegal war by Russia against Ukraine. The Association also collect donations and send them to partners on the ground in the worst effected areas.

Douglas Bain

Royal Bank of Scotland |

John Beaton-Hawryluk

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC) | Ukraine Project Coordinator

John joined EVOC is August 2022 as Ukraine Project Coordinator to provide support to Edinburgh’s third sector supporting the Ukrainian community.  John is part of a co-located team of staff across the city and provides support to create partnerships and source financial resourcing, working closely with public and private sector partners.

Scott Brewster

Brewster Brothers | Managing Director


Scott is the managing director of a third-generation family business on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Traditionally a farming enterprise, Brewster Brothers now focusses on the recycling of construction and demolition waste into recycled aggregates for the construction sector. The business has three sites servicing the central belt of Scotland. Scott is a chartered accountant and has been involved in the waste management industry for 15 years.

Ann Devine

KPMG Partner and CSR Scotland Chair


Ann leads KPMG’s Financial Services Tax and Legal Practice in Scotland and connects across all their consulting and advisory capabilities. She is developing the KPMG Scottish Fintech Centre of Excellence Hub. She is passionate about CSR activities in Scotland and has been a key partner in the work in supporting the community during covid and in offering a warm welcome to displaced Ukrainians coming to Scotland, bringing in donations from KPMG’s retail clients and accessing skills to help tackle pain points in the immigration service. She was a finalist for the KPMG UK People Awards for her CSR work.


Date & Time

Wednesday 24th April 2024

13:00 - 14:00 BST

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