I am a Quaker feminist from Scotland, and I lived in Ireland when my children were small. My working life was in the theatre and community arts, mental health support and advocacy and community development.
When I retired from full time work, I continued support work part time, and worked part time as Co-ordinator of the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre (P&J) , collaborating with others on issues around nuclear weapons and International Humanitarian Law. I also engaged in activity with the new devolved Scottish Parliament. I actively support Scottish independence in order to create a peaceful and nuclear free Scotland. I am a member of Trident Ploughshares.
I still undertake some support and advocacy work, and I have lived in community at various times in my adult life and I lived and worked for two years in a therapeutic community as a co-worker.
I currently holds positions as:
Co-opted member, Northern Friends Peace board (Quakers)
Vice Chair, Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND)
Secretary, Scottish Parliamentary Cross Party Group for Nuclear Disarmament
National Steering Group member, Scottish Scrap Trident Coalition
Parliamentary Liaison, Scottish branch of WILPF on Women Peace and Security.
Women Peace and Security with the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy
International Steering Group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Nobel Peace Laureate)
I am a young passionate feminist, and I was born and raised in Edinburgh.
After leaving school at 16, I spent 5 years working in finance before travelling to Australia to live and work for a year. I spent the majority of my time there fund-raising for Amnesty international, The Cancer Council and The Australian Conservation Foundation.
In my late 20’s I decided to take the plunge and re-enter into the world of education. After completing an access course at Newbattle Abbey College, I was accepted to study Philosophy and Politics at Edinburgh University. In my final year at university I became passionate about nuclear disarmament and began interning for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Through the course of my internship I became a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and of Scottish CND.
Since completing my degree, I have been employed by Edinburgh University with their Accommodation Catering and Events team and I am still involved in Words and Actions in a campaigning and administrative capacity, through development of Indycan and supporting ICAN activity in Scotland.
Since retiring from the formal education sector, where I was a secondary school teacher, a curriculum adviser and latterly an education officer, I have made a range of voluntary contributions to the peace movement, principally with Trident Ploughshares – the non-violent direct action campaign against nuclear weapons, where my work has included media, event planning and newsletter editing.
I am also involved with Nukewatch – the citizen network which monitors the movement by road of the UK’s nuclear weapons. With Nukewatch my work has included monitoring, monitoring co-ordination and co-authoring the 2017 publication Unready Scotland.