Voices for Scotland is a non-profit civic organisation campaigning for Scottish independence. We want to open up respectful conversations with people who are currently unsure about Scotland becoming an independent country or who currently support the union. We look forward to having positive and constructive discussions about Scotland’s constitutional future.
Voices for Scotland is a pro-independence campaign organisation which was set up in 2019 by the Scottish Independence Convention. It is funded by mainly small donations and employs a small team to develop campaigns, carry out research, produce materials, support local groups, work with the media and run events, all with the aim of opening up positive and constructive conversations about Scotland’s constitutional future.
The Scottish Independence Convention
The Scottish Independence Convention is a forum of all of Scotland’s pro-independence political parties and national and regional pro-independence organisations.
How We’re Governed
Voices for Scotland is a limited company which is owned by the Scottish Independence Convention. The Convention then appoints members to the company’s Board and it is their responsibility to oversee the management of the organisation. Voices for Scotland aims to realise in how it operates the kind of values we want to see for an independent Scotland – openness, positivity and good management.
Aamer is a Scottish lawyer of Pakistani background, and the current Rector of the University of Glasgow. He campaigned on behalf of the family of murder victim Surjit Singh Chhokar and in 2018 represented Professor Clara Ponsatí, a Catalan politician whom Spain was pursuing for charges of sedition and rebellion.
Audrey is an Independent Coach and Consultant and health and disability activist with a particular interest in health and social care and leadership. Having started her career as a nurse, she has extensive senior executive experience and was previously the Director for Scotland of Breakthrough Breast Cancer having set the charity up in Scotland. She is a regular blogger covering leadership, health and social care as well as her personal experience of breast cancer and of becoming a wheelchair user as a result of spinal damage.
Maggie is a Scot by Choice, having been born and brought up in Zimbabwe. She is currently Rector of the University of Aberdeen, Co-convener of the Scottish Green Party and Chief Executive of a small Scottish charity. She is passionate about participatory democracy and including people in decision making and wants to see Scotland as a just, welcoming and peace-building country.
Rosemary Hunter (Treasurer)
Rosemary is a member of the Women for Independence National Committee and a long-term independence and anti-Trident campaigner. A social entrepreneur and former marathon runner, she was a co-founder of the “Snowdrop Petition” which resulted in the UK hand-gun ban. She is passionate about grassroots campaigning and keen to use her financial and business experience to the benefit of the independence movement.
Tony is currently Chief Information Officer for a major utility company, with a technology background and experience from working across Europe, in the Middle East, Africa and the Americas for technology and financial services companies. He was politicised by the miners’ strikes and the Timex shut down and is committed to building a fair and equal society. He wants Scotland to be a country that is welcoming to all and provides support and care for its most vulnerable.
Adam is a journalist based in Edinburgh. He is the UK editor of openDemocracy and has worked on stories relating to dark money in politics, and the UK’s constitutional crisis. He has written for a broad range of national and international publications, and was, in 2014, author of the e-book “42 reasons to support Scottish independence”.
Elaine C Smith
Elaine is a Scottish actor and comedian, perhaps best known for her roles as Mary ‘Doll’ Nesbitt in R.C. Nesbitt and Christine O’Neal in Two Doors Down. She is the Convener of the Scottish Independence Convention. She is a supporter of numerous charities, including Zero Tolerance and Relationships Scotland, and is the patron of the Women and Girl’s Programme at Celtic FC.
Linda is the Director of NUS Scotland, joining NUS in 2015 from her role as Director of Equate Scotland. A committed trade unionist and community campaigner she has previously worked as a researcher in the Scottish Parliament following a career as a software developer and analyst. In 2015 Linda was invited to join the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work on women’s equality.
David Thompson (Chair)
Dave is a former SNP Highlands and Islands Regional MSP and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Constituency MSP (2007 to 2016). He has been Convener of Christians for Independence since 2009 and is vice-convener of the Scottish Independence Convention. He is a Fellow and Vice President of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and a former Director of Protective Services with Highland Council. He is a Church of Scotland Elder, a member of Scottish CND, the GMB Union and An Comunn Gàidhealach.