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Scotdec staff

Susan McIntosh

Susan McIntosh – Co-ordinator

"Celebrated working with Scotdec for 20 years last November! I am a qualified teacher who worked in Scottish schools for over 16 years, when a change of direction was needed. After doing a postgraduate course at Napier University in Administrative and Information Management I joined Scotdec. I’ve always had strong belief in the value of education for social change and empowerment of young people, reflecting Scotdec’s core values."

Charlotte Dwyer

Charlotte Dwyer – Global Education advisor

"Teacher, trainer, writer, editor, idealist and believer in equality and social justice for all. Following a teaching career in England and Sri Lanka and a stint with VSO as a teacher trainer in Eritrea, I made my home in Edinburgh. I joined Scotdec in 2005, qualified as a ‘Global trainer’ with the University of London and still believe in the power of education as a force for positive change."

Isabel Ross

Isabel Ross – Administrator

"As the longest serving member of the team, I support the range of Scotdec’s work: organising events and courses, keeping track of everything we do and making sure that our finances and records are kept up-to-date. Before joining Scotdec I worked for a number of years with the EIS so education has figured strongly throughout my career."

Kate Allen

Kate Allen – Global Education advisor

"I was 18 years old and attempting to teach in a school in Kenya.  The world suddenly seemed very complex and I felt very ignorant. I dumped my dull university course and re-applied to study International Relations and Conflict Resolution. After working with grassroots NGOs in Kosovo and Croatia, and with VSO in Nepal and Indonesia I came home to work as a youth worker and study for an MA in Youth Education and Community Work. I believe that innovative youth work changes the lives of young people. It therefore should and could do more to support them to see that the world is complex but that they are a force for positive social change."

Management Committee

Scotdec is managed by a voluntary committee.

  • George Meldrum (Chair)
  • Anne Kane (Vice-chair) Oxfam
  • Della Rea: retired head-teacher (Dean’s Community High School)
  • Holly Finlayson: Development Officer (Mentors in Violence Prevention) at Education Scotland
  • Susan McLaren: Lecturer Moray House School of Education

Membership of the Management Committee is open to those with a professional and/or personal interest in our work.

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