Brian Peter Davidson
A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Brian Spent some 32 years with a Big 4 professional services firm. 22 of those as a partner, undertaking service delivery roles in both external and internal audit; transactional due diligence reviews; and consultancy in governance, risk and compliance arrangements. Later, Brian took up the role of Head of Risk & Quality for the firm’s “new” Consultancy business, as it grew from £60m of turnover to £350m. Since taking early retirement in 2012, Brian has become a serial non-executive director/trustee in the not-for–profit sector.
“The opportunity to get involved with The Essentia Foundation was, for me, a natural progression from working with not-for-profit organisations seeking the sort of grant funding we provide. I also saw the effects of the pandemic on the audience for our support, as well as those they are looking to support from their good works, and wanted to make a difference using my skillset.
For me the pandemic has caused many well intentioned charitable entities to take stock of the sustainability of their mission and so releasing the pent up reserves of The Essentia Foundation to support these organisations in the short term has been a no –brainer, and the added challenge of building a sustainable grant making platform for the longer term is the sort of challenge I relish.”
Some of our success stories
bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy
bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy was established in 2017. The charity works with adults and children with physical and learning disabilities to improve their quality of life by providing specialist occupational interventions, trampoline rebound therapy and activity-based play sessions.
Caithness KLICS Young Carers
Caithness KLICS (Kids Living in Caring Situations) was established in 2013. Based in Wick, the organisation supports young people aged between 5-18 who have a caring responsibility at home
Project 31 began in early 2011 as an idea between two experienced community workers who were looking to develop an innovative organization for children aged 0-12 years.
Families First St Andrews
Families First St Andrews (FFSA) was established in 2001. As a registered charity and community group, the organisation works alongside children and their families to overcome the personal challenges they face in life.
For 45 years, Hillhouse has been working with young people and families in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. As a registered charity, the organisation offers a service to individuals who are at risk of financial hardship and poverty.
People Know How
People Know How was established in 2013. Delivering services across Edinburgh and East Lothian, the organisation works collaboratively to deliver projects and social change with projects reaching children, young people and vulnerable adults.
RDA Group Glasgow
Funding from the Essentia Foundation is currently helping RDA to roll out their ‘Quiet Corner’ initiative.