SCOTLAND’S national youth information and citizenship charity, Young Scot, has appointed three new Board members in a move that achieves its target of 50:50 by 2020 – a gender-balanced Board.
The appointments include two further young people, Toni Lamont (a student at Scotland’s Rural College) and Emmanuella Damptey (a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Margo Williamson, Chief Executive of Angus Council.
Emmanuella Damptey, 18 from Glasgow, is an enthusiastic volunteer known for challenging things she doesn’t agree with. Emmanuella has volunteered with Young Scot since 2017. First, as a participant in VentureJam, the youth stand of Scotland’s National Innovation Summit, and recently as a member of #YSThree, working with Young Scot to co-design the strategic plan for 2019-2022. Emmanuella has also supported the development of the Scotland 365 project with National Museums Scotland, Impact Arts and Project Scotland, and recently contributed to Young Scot content created for Black History Month.
Toni Lamont, 21 from North Ayrshire, is an environmental activist with a commitment to protecting Scotland’s natural environment. Toni has volunteered as a Lantra Scotland Industry Champion, YoungRewilder, Junior Ranger Ambassador, Scottish Countryside Rangers Association council member and has been a Young Scot volunteer since 2018 as part of the ReRoute campaign. Having completed an apprenticeship, Toni is now studying Wildlife and Conservation Management at Scotland’s Rural College.
In 2019, Margo Williamson became the first woman to hold the position of Chief Executive at Angus Council. Margo’s illustrious career began as an unemployment benefits officer after which she became a teacher, lectured at the University of Dundee, and latterly served Scottish and local government as a civil servant. She is presently Chair of Dundee & Angus College’s Learning, Teaching and Quality Committee. These experiences have enabled her to develop a thorough understanding of issues facing young people today and Margo is a passionate advocate for having young people’s voices heard in all decisions affecting them.
Elma Murray OBE, Chair of Young Scot, said:
“I’m incredibly proud to welcome Toni, Emmanuella and Margo to Young Scot. Their expertise, knowledge and insight will be an invaluable addition to Young Scot and will help us to support young people all over Scotland. As well as being three superb appointments, this also means that Young Scot has met our ambition to have a gender-balanced Board by 2020, along with our commitment that young Trustees will make up 25% of our Board.”
“It’s an honour to join the Young Scot Board. I’m grateful to have been involved with the charity for a few years now and I’ve seen first-hand the impact that it makes for young people. Young Scot is all about giving young people opportunities to get their opinions heard and to influence change – so it’s very powerful that they have young Trustees on their Board.”
“Volunteering for Young Scot has given me the skills I need to study and work in environmental conservation, which I’m incredibly passionate about. I am so pleased to be able to give back to the charity and encourage other young people to get involved and take advantage of the opportunities Young Scot provides.”
Margo Williamson said:
“I have worked with young people in Scotland throughout my career, so I feel well equipped for the role and excited to get started. Young Scot is a world-leading youth organisation making a difference every day to the lives of young people all over Scotland and I’m proud to be a part of that. Giving young people a voice has never been more important.”
For more information please visit: youngscot.net.