Our Team

Meet the Team

Small team. Big impact. Get to know the HWCF team here…

The Team


James McMeekin

Chief Operating Officer

James runs the day to day operations of the Foundation, directing our dedicated and talented team. He has delivered our annual tournament since 2011.

James grew up in Germany, Belgium, Northern Ireland and England before settling in sunny Scotland.

Outside of work he loves to travel, experience new cultures and environments and can usually be found climbing or running in the mountains.



Zoë Hopkins

International Partnerships Manager

Zoë feels more at home when she’s abroad! After living and working across Asia, Europe and Latin America for over 15 years, she is happy to be adopted by Scotland.

With an academic background in sports, social sciences and international development, she was excited to join the HWCF in 2019 to pursue a passion for linking sport and development to ending homelessness.

When not working, she can be found climbing, cycling or swimming in what she says are the ‘tropical’ lochs of Scotland.


Matthew Williams

Marketing & PR Manager

Matt looks after the Marketing and Communications activity for the Homeless World Cup Foundation.

Coming from a career background with mainly a mixture of sport and charity (Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Comic Relief), Matt is now in his words: ‘working in my dream job!’

Away from work, Matt is busy juggling being a dad to his two girls and trying to watch and enjoy as much live sport as possible, especially football and cricket, he used to enjoy playing both sports before fatherhood!


Rebecca Corbett

Digital Communications Officer

Rebecca supports the Foundation’s communications and social media coverage. If someone replies to you on one of our social media channels, 9 times out of 10 it will be her.

Rebecca grew up in Cambridge and went to the University of Glasgow before doing a Masters in Journalism in Cardiff. After spending a few months in a newsroom in Istanbul she started a role in communications in international development and has stayed in Comms ever since.

When she’s not at work, Rebecca will be planning her next adventure or going for a run.

The Board


Mel Young

Co-founder and Chair

Mel is a serial social entrepreneur who founded the Homeless World Cup in 2003 with Harald Schmied. Passionate about the power of sport to change lives, he has set up various social initiatives over the years.

Mel is also an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

He is the Chairman of Sportscotland, the national sports agency in Scotland.


Pete Irvine


Pete Irvine is a freelance event and festival organiser, and formerly the founding director of Unique Events who have created and produced many of Scotland’s major festivals and events including Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

He is also the author of Scotland’s best selling guide book, Scotland the Best, currently in its 13th edition.


Eve Dallas-Childs


Having spent 10 years working with some of the UK’s most forward thinking independent funders, Eve is passionate about collaborating with organisations and social entrepreneurs to tackle the most entrenched social problems.

She was inspired to join the Homeless World Cup Foundation by its potential to change perceptions of people who are homeless.


Val McDermid


Val McDermid is an internationally best-selling writer, a broadcaster, an activist and the lead vocalist of the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers. She was until recently a lifelong fan of Raith Rovers and she lives in Edinburgh, home to the Homeless World Cup HQ. She currently sponsors McDermid Ladies FC in Kirkcaldy.


Tino Nombro


Tino Nombro was the co-founder and CEO of Ambergreen, an Edinburgh-based digital marketing agency and now runs a consultancy business helping organisations grow and transform.

In addition to spending time with his family, Tino enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding.


Kate McCheyne


Kate has worked in the media and communications sector for more than 25 years in various roles both in-house and agency. She was PR Manager for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and has been Head of Communications and Marketing at Sportscotland since 2015.

She has a passion for grassroots sports and the ability for sport to change lives.


Peter Barr


Peter is a writer and journalist with 40 years’ experience working in Hong Kong, Singapore and Scotland.

He has been a trustee since 2016, was Head of Communications in 2012 and is also co-author (with Mel Young) of Home Game: The Official Story of the Homeless World Cup.


Frances Ennis


Fran joined the Board in 2018 after volunteering as a Team Guide for the Belgian team at the Glasgow Homeless World Cup in 2016. She works as a commercial litigation lawyer, helping clients resolve disputes.

Outside of work, Fran is a keen football fan.


Iain McFadden


Iain is a chartered accountant living and working in Edinburgh. He has owned his own C.A. practice for 20 years acting for a wide range of small and medium sized businesses.

Iain has a strong interest in the Arts and acts for many of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists, theatre and Fringe companies.  He has also been a Trustee of several Arts charities.

He is a long-term follower of all things Scottish football; through bad times and good!