Who We Are

Our vision is "Human Rights For All"

We achieve this by acting together to advance human rights in Scotland.

Our Values

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:

Our commitment to the meaningful and inclusive participation of people who most need change, using a friendly and accessible approach.

Our fearlessness and ambition for practical and impactful change, by holding power to account.

Using our skills and expertise at the service of people who most need change.

Here are some of the words that guide our values:

Word Cloud reads "constructive in our challenges, ethical, inclusive, vibrant, real life, fearless, service to individuals, impactful, strategic, participation, useful, ambitious for rights, practical, progressive, distinctive, different, unique, respect, transparency, knowledgable, accountability, listening, friendly, tactical"

Meet the Team


Clare Mac Temp

Clare MacGillivray


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, Founder of the Fearless podcasts and an Atlantic Fellow for Economic and Social Equity with London School of Economics.


Lorraine Barrie


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 Board

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Professor Jo Ferrie (Chair)

Jo is a sociologist based at the University of Glasgow. Her research has focused on human rights realisation in Scotland and democratising knowledge production. Jo has been a member of the Scottish Human Rights Commission’s Research Advisory Group since 2013 and a founding member of their Human Rights Budgeting Group since 2018.


Helen Schwittay

Helen is a project manager at the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures at the University of Strathclyde. She has an LLM in Human Rights Law with a specific interest and expertise in women’s and children’s human rights. Helen’s background is in marketing and communications.

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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. 


Alex Thorburn

"I live near to Lockerbie and I worked on trawlers in the Irish Sea and the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as haaf-netting on the Solway Firth until I had a stroke in 1993. 

In 1995 I began supporting other disabled people and still do that now. I qualified as a Disability Equality Trainer, and I’m a certified Access Auditor, as well as being a qualified Independent Living Advocate (University of Essex – 2004).  I have provided support to a Disabled People’s Organisation in Uganda living with HIV/AIDS since 2015. 

The injustices that I witnessed drew me into human rights in 2014 as a member of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights and I am now a member of the Plan’s Leadership Panel." 


Michael Heffernan

Michael is a student at the University of Edinburgh and a consultant working on addressing human rights issues. His human rights journey started with a youth work project, and then the SNAP Leadership Panel. In his consultancy work, Michael works with charities and campaigners to ensure that every decision they make truly reflects the needs of those they seek to empower.

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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.

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Nina Munday (Treasurer)

Nina holds a Master of Arts in Sociology with honours from Aberdeen University.  She has over 30 years’ experience of working in the equality sector in the UK.  Throughout her career she held senior executive positions in many strategic organisations.  She has extensive experience in organisational, financial and staff management.  Currently, she is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead of Edinburgh College as well as being the Director of Embody Global Consultancy.  Until March 2022, she was the Chief Executive of Fife Centre for Equalities which she established in 2014.  Nina specialises in delivering training on the application of all equality legislation.

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Carolyn Scott

Carolyn Scott is a lecturer in Journalism and Mass Communications at Edinburgh Napier University.

Carolyn worked as a broadcast and digital journalist for many years before moving into communications and media roles in the third and public sectors. Her focus has always been on humanitarian work and global current affairs. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier, Carolyn worked for the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

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Poverty Alliance Conference & AGM at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.

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Lydia Murphy

Lydia Murphy works on Poverty Alliance’s Rights in Action project. Lydia’s work centres on raising awareness of how economic, social and cultural rights can be used as a tool for change; supporting organisations and activists to take a human rights-based approach; and working to ensure that people with experience of poverty are heard in the policy making process. Prior to working at Poverty Alliance Lydia led a youth employability project in Glasgow. She has a MRes in Human Rights and International Politics from University of Glasgow. 


Fiona Garven

Fiona has worked in community development for more than forty years. She was previously Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre and now works independently. She has a lifelong commitment to participatory democracy, social justice and human rights.


Oonagh Brown

Oonagh is Human Rights Programme Lead at the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities; in this role, Oonagh leads work on incorporating the UNCRPD into Scottish law with a focus on ensuring people with learning disabilities in Scotland can realise their human rights. In previous roles, Oonagh has worked to develop various projects with both local communities and across Scotland.

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Corinne McGinley

Corinne has been a Community Education worker for over 20 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


Sophie Bridger

Sophie has spent the last ten years working in the third sector, focusing on campaigning for changes in policy, legislation and social attitudes. As a queer woman, she is passionate about the importance of intersectionality, and working to ensure discrimination doesn't prevent people from accessing their rights. A long time human rights advocate, she served as Human Rights observer in Palestine and Israel in 2019/20. She currently works for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, campaigning to help people access their right to rehab. She lives in Leith with her cat Morag, where she enjoys sea swimming, cooking and singing in a choir.