Based on core human rights values of dignity and respect, all our work is underpinned by the principles of a human rights based approach. We are known for:
Here are some of the words that guide our values:
Meet the Team
Clare is a community worker, activist and campaigner for human rights. A passionate community development practitioner, she has over 20 years experience of working with communities campaigning for equality and social justice.
A Board member and European Director with the International Association for Community Development, in 2019 she was awarded the Global Ambassador Award for Community Development.
Clare is a Trustee with the Children’s Parliament and an Atlantic Fellow for Economic and Social Equity with London School of Economics.
Lorraine is a trained solicitor with extensive experience in a community law centre focussing on discrimination. As coordinator with Glasgow Equality Forum – a Glasgow-wide strategic policy forum and former Scotland Committee Member with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Lorraine is passionate about equalities and human rights and a skilled participation practitioner.
Our Founding Board
Dr Jo Ferrie (Chair)
Jo Ferrie is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology; Director of Q-Step at the University of Glasgow and Deputy-Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences leading on Training.
Kavita is a qualified lawyer. She leads the Scottish Human Rights Commission’s Strategy and Legal team. Kavita is experienced in designing and delivering human rights capacity-building projects in both the public and private sectors.
Jamie is a specialist immigration law Partner working in the field of immigration, nationality and refugee law. Jamie currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Strategic Labour Market review group and the Immigration & Asylum Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.
Chloë Trew (Secretary)
Chloë is the Director of Participation and the Practice of Rights, Belfast. Chloe was previously Participation Officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission where she coordinated and delivered the Commission's participation work with people who are affected by a whole range of human rights issues, including housing, poverty, social care and mental health and well-being.
Heather Ford (Vice Chair)
Heather has been a community activist for many years in and became experienced in using a human rights based approach through the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and the award winning Housing Rights in Practice Project which was based in her local area in Leith.
Dessie is Director of Rabble Cooperative, a new Belfast–based cooperative of software engineers that works alongside community organisations to use tech as a tool for economic and social change. As founding member and former Director of Participation and the Practice of Rights, Dessie’s work has been rooted in serving marginalised communities, using human rights as a tool for change.
Alison Fordyce (Treasurer)
Alison qualified as a professional accountant (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)) in 1993. Following several years in practice Alison moved into education in 1995 and is currently Head of the School of Business at the University of Dundee.
Corinne has been a Community Education worker for 21 years coming to the profession via a family background of community activism and youth work opportunities. She currently manages and develops nationally award winning youth work opportunities in an area of Fife
Professor Nicole Busby
Nicole Busby is Professor of Human Rights, Equality and Justice at the University of Glasgow. She is an expert in equality law. Her main areas of interest include sex discrimination, the reconciliation of paid work and unpaid care, the protection of social and economic rights and access to justice.
Fiona is the Director of SCDC which hosts the Community Health Exchange (CHEX), the Scottish Co-Production Network and Participatory Budgeting Scotland. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Poverty Alliance and North Ayrshire Women’s Aid.
Maddie has worked at SCVO for the last 5 years as Digital Development Worker - developing behaviour change programmes in the context of digital inclusion and digital organisation evolution. She co-facilitates the SCVO Senior Leaders Programme and is currently developing online digital evolution training programmes, building networks, partnerships, leadership coaching.