MEET OUR LEADERSHIP GROUP
The Leadership Group was established in order to oversee the implementation of Living Wage Scotland and is made up of employers and experts from across Scotland, representing a variety of sectors and industries. Their role is to provide advice on the on-going implementation of the project work plan and on the future development of the initiative, with the aim of ensuring that the project is sustainable.
Sandy MacDonald (Chair)
Standard Life Aberdeen
Sandy is Head of Corporate Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen plc, which means he aims to ensure the business takes a long-term view and operates as responsibly as possible.
He has a strong and active interest in social inclusion and creating, and campaigning for, equal opportunities for people from all backgrounds. As well as his roles with Standard Life Aberdeen and the Living Wage Leadership Group, he has other relevant roles in this area, as Deputy Chair of Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity and the regional advisory board of Common Purpose UK.
Dundee City Council
Peter joined the Chief Executive’s Department in 1999 and, since then has had responsibility for health inequalities, financial inclusion, community regeneration funding and the development and implementation of Community Planning in Dundee through the Dundee Partnership.
This has included the production of Community Plans and, latterly, Outcome Agreements and supporting processes and materials. Peter co-ordinates the Dundee Fairness Commission and Dundee's Fairness Plan.
Living Wage Foundation
Katherine joined the Living Wage Foundation as Director in March 2016. Before joining the Foundation she was Assistant Director at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), a public body providing strategic leadership on employment and skills issues in the UK.
She led on strategies to boost productivity, wages and social mobility and directed a variety of programmes to encourage employers to invest in their workforce and offer more opportunities to young people.
University of Strathclyde
Andrea has a special interest in accounting for the ‘business case’ for a living wage and exploring multiple capitals and theories of value, in particular through interdisciplinary research.
Andrea was a primary author of the report, “Living Wage Employers: evidence of UK Business Cases” (2015) prepared by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with the LWF and commissioned by Barclays, to contribute to the growing ‘business case’ for the Living Wage in the UK.
Anna joined SCVO as chief executive in 2018. After 18 years working in HR in local government, Anna joined COSLA working on national pay negotiations. She then became lead for all policy relating to children and young people which led to her being seconded into Scottish Government to work on corporate parenting for children and young people in the care system before moving to the SSSC as Chief Executive in 2009.
Anna is on the board of Who Cares? Scotland and has recently joined the board of SCDI. She has a degree in History of Art from Edinburgh University, a postgraduate qualification in HR. Married with two grown-up daughters she spends her spare time baking, bowling, reading crime fiction and going to gigs.
Craig heads up Utopia Computers, the UK's leading manufacturer of bespoke desktop and laptop computers. He is a seasoned public speaker; regularly travelling the UK telling Utopia's story about innovation and family culture.
Craig is also a Living Wage champion, and was part of the Living Wage UK Commission inquiry in 2018-19
The Poverty Alliance
Peter has been active in campaigns for social justice for more than 25 years, both as a worker and activist. He joined the Poverty Alliance, Scotland’s anti-poverty network in 2002, and has been Director since 2004. He is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the organisation, as well as leading on the policy and campaigning goals of the network.
Peter has a strong interest in issues around labour market inequality, including in-work poverty and low pay, and civic and community activism.
Kate Wallace Lockhart
Kate joined SSE in 2013 and is now their Group Sustainability Economist, responsible for the quantification of sustainability impacts, with a focus on economic and social issues, and workforce reporting.
Prior to this role, Kate worked as SSE’s Head of Sustainability in Ireland. Kate's background is in economics, with an active interest in behavioral science.
Business in the Community Scotland
Cynthia leads on operations, public affairs and policy for BITC Scotland and is a strategic leader with expertise in Scotland’s economy, political landscape and multi-issue policy analysis. Cynthia has worked on the UN Global Goals, equality and diversity in the workplace, social mobility and cohesion and improving the quality of work.
Before joining BITC Scotland, Cynthia worked for several universities across Scotland as a tutor whilst completing her PhD in Scottish history. A Colorado native, she is a keen hillwalker, foodie and traveller.
Danny works for UNISON Scotland and Govan Law Centre. He also runs projects in sub-Saharan Africa. and has trained and supported women to stand for election in Malawi and Addis Ababa.
He previously worked as a rights adviser and campaigner for Shelter Scotland and NACAB, and was Head of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland until 2003.
From 2003 until 2007 he was a special adviser to the First Minister of Scotland, with policy lead on education, lifelong learning, justice, communities, voluntary sector and social justice.