My appointment with Youth Scotland is by virtue of my work in the Third Sector over the last 25 years, working as Finance Manager in the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) – the largest voluntary sector provider of Adult Education in the UK. I am passionate about the need for education and lifelong learning. For me, education throughout life is vital to improving peoples’ chances, expectations and futures. Changing lives through education and training in the youth and adult sectors promotes equality of opportunity and social justice. Education has a huge impact on lifting children, young people and families out of poverty. The mission and work of Youth Scotland and the WEA are well aligned to these challenges and to the current funding environment. I believe in Youth Scotland’s aims to create well rounded individuals through education and leadership and to support the youth sector through best practice and guidance. In my personal life as a parent, I have been involved in youth work – helping at Scouts and Sunday School and being on parental committees eg as secretary of the James Gillespies’ Pipe Band and the Chair of the Edinburgh Mod committee.