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 mainly by small donations and has a small team of staff and volunteers who 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 practice the kind of values we want to see for an independent Scotland – openness, positivity and good management.
Audrey Birt (Chair)
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 Chapman (Vice-Chair)
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.
Kevin is a former senior special adviser in the Scottish Government, and was communications director for the Scottish National Party, working in the Yes Scotland campaign during the 2014 independence referendum. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen in Economic History and International Relations. He writes an opinion column in the Scottish edition of The Sunday Times.
Iain is a Professor of Sustainable Consumption at the University of Stirling and has held positions at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sydney, Australia. He is immersed in the fight against climate change, both through his academic and policy work and as a campaigner where he is currently chair of Friends of the Earth Scotland. Iain has been highly active in the Scottish Independence movement since 2012, first with Yes Edinburgh North and Leith and latterly with the Scottish Independence Convention where he is currently vice convenor.
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.
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”.