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Wendy Ciuffarella HR Manager

I am relatively new to the School as I have only been HR Manager since December 2018. I came to the school from Italy, having worked there for a year. Prior to this, I managed the HR Project functions for 2 legal services organisations.

Having worked in a project capacity for a number of Independent Schools, including Merchiston, in my last HR role, I was keen to take on an HR Manager’s position where I would be more dedicated to one School.

From what I have seen, the boys are very firmly placed at the centre of operations and quite rightly so.  People really work together and there is a collegiate feel across the School.  The staff may be split into Departments operationally but there is a common purpose which shines through.

I love the fact that I have the privilege of being part of the team which introduces staff to Merchiston.  It is always a joy to find someone who will add something unique to the School and whose career we hope to enhance and develop.


I like to go to Zumba classes and for the occasional swim to relax.

I also like to spend time with friends and family, going out for meals or drinks and planning holidays (my other interest)!


Bagging a Munro.

Funniest memory

Watching Karen Morrison getting squirted in the eye by an orange one lunchtime!

Inspiring moment

Supporting a staff member cope with a difficult personal situation in a way that I can only hope I would, should I be faced with anything similar.

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