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Maureen Watt MSP and Minister for Mental Health will be our keynote speaker
Maureen Watt was born in Aberdeen and is from a farming background. She studied both at the University of Strathclyde and at the University of Birmingham. Maureen was a secondary school teacher in Social Studies in England before moving back to Scotland to work in the oil sector.
She entered the Scottish Parliament in April 2006 as a regional MSP for North East Scotland and was the first MSP to take the oath in Doric as well as English. She served as Minister for Schools and Skills in the first ever SNP Government between 2007 and 2009 and as convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee between 2009 and the elections in 2011. She was appointed Minister for Public Health in November 2014 and Minister for Mental Health in May 2016. [for more information, go to beta.gov.scot]
Martyn Evans from the Carnegie UK Trust is our second speaker
Martyn was appointed Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust in November 2009.
Previously he was the Director of the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC) from 1998-2008 – a consumer policy and research body. He oversaw the successful 2008 merger of the SCC with energywatch Scotland and Postwatch Scotland. He became the Director of the new organisation – Consumer Focus Scotland. Consumer Focus Scotland is a statutory body which provides independent policy research and a voice for the consumer.
Martyn was a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde from 1995-2001. He was Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Scotland for five years prior to taking up his post with SCC. Martyn was the Director of Shelter (Scottish Campaign for Homeless People) from 1987-1992.
He has been a member of a number of Scottish Government and UK government advisory groups. These include the Independent Scrutiny Panel on Ayr and Monklands hospital services, the MMR Expert Group, the Scottish Charity Law Review Commission (known as the McFadden Commission), the Housing Improvement Task Force, the Cabinet Office review of UK Food Policy and the UK Screening Committee. [http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/staff-type/staff/]
Yvonne Strachan CBE, Head of Equalities and Human Rights at the Scottish Government will be our final speaker in the afternoon
Yvonne Strachan CBE is a Deputy Director in the Scottish Government and leads its work on the Third Sector. She is also the Head of Equality and Human Rights.
Yvonne’s responsibilities include work to support and strengthen social enterprise and social entrepreneurship in Scotland; to support the third sector including to play a full role in public service design and delivery; to work with the sector in supporting and empowering communities and to enable it to play its part as a social partner.
Yvonne joined the Civil Service in 1999 to take up the then new post of Head of Equality supporting Ministers to build a strategy and programme of action on equality. In 2011 she took on the role of Head of Third Sector and in 2012 took on responsibility for Human Rights.