Values & Current Work
What gets me out of bed
I am in awe of the inspiring differences people and communities make, particularly those for whom life has been unjust and remains an ongoing struggle. I want to learn alongside and to commit myself to the changes that they desire.
I support a growing network of Poverty Truth Commissions across the UK which bring together those who struggle to overcome poverty in their own lives and senior civic and business leaders. Together they are tackling difficult issues and changing the ways in which our society works (or doesn’t work).
I am clear that no lasting social change is possible unless those most
deeply impacted are at the heart of that change. I am currently working alongside the Trussell Trust as we discover together how people who have to use food banks will be central to the movement that eradicates the need for them.
Many of the most inspiring things I have encountered, I’ve learnt from other parts of the world. So, I am privileged to be a trustee of Christian Aid and to chair its Advisory Committee in Scotland.
I am also a member of the Scotland Committee of the National Lottery Community Fund and continue to be involved in a range of national charities, and public bodies.
I strive to be curious and humble, recognising the insights of others that so easily pass me by. I am much more interested in working with people’s strengths than pathologizing about their problems. An open and inclusive faith continues to motivate and inspire me.