We’re very happy to answer any questions you might have about the Society – but make sure to take a look at our useful Resources and Join the Society pages first, as we try to answer as many potential questions as possible for visitors there.

If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to, no problem – we’re happy to help. And if you’d like to tell us about something Finland-related – like an event you’re planning in Scotland – then we’d love to hear from you! In all cases, please contact our Secretary on in the first instance.

Below is a run-down of our fantastic committee for 2020-2021. Note that there has been changes mid-year due to three committee members moving back to Finland at short notice during these unusual times. If you are a member, you should have got more information via email. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Office Bearers

Markku Väätänen, Chairperson

I was born in Joensuu. I studied and worked in Tampere before moving to Edinburgh in 2005. I came here to work as an electronics engineer in a semiconductor company. I still do the same job even if the company has changed twice over the years. In my free time I enjoy Scottish outdoors on skis, on mountain bike, or simply on foot.

I joined the Scottish Finnish Society in 2008 and I have been in the committee almost from the beginning. The last few years my title has been the vice chairperson.

Katri Mäkinen, Secretary


I was born in Kerava, but grew up in Hyvinkää. I moved to Scotland in July 2018 and since been living and working in Edinburgh. SFS member from autumn 2018 and now a new ordinary member of the committee. Love the outdoors, good food & drinks and bonnie Scotland and Finland. Excited to join the SFS committee and lovely to meet you all, old and new members.

Matt Gorrie, Treasurer


Hi, I’m Matt, born in Dundee but grew up in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands of Scotland. Been a member of SFS for nearly 5 years, but I’m new on the committee this year. I’m an accountant by profession, and currently lecture accountancy at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Really excited to be on the committee and looking forward to meeting you all at an event soon.

Ordinary Members

Tomi Nihtilä


I grew up in Kotka followed by 10 years in Tampere, studying and working in Tampere University of Technology. I’ve been in Scotland and Edinburgh for 5 years now, working as an electronics engineer in a semiconductor company. Besides geeky things I enjoy photography so my responsibility in SFS is taking photos in our events and update the website.

Russell Brodie