Our vision is of a stronger, more inclusive Scotland that empowers young people by truly involving them in the decision making process. We do this through our Members (MSYPs) who are elected young people aged between 14- 25 representing different areas and voluntary organisations from across the whole of Scotland. Every year we have at least three national meetings where we discuss issues which affect young people and try to propose new and sometimes radical solutions to these problems.
We are a young peoples parliament, designed by young people, led by young people and for the benefit of young people. The SYP is totally youth-led and all of our Trustees are 25 and under. We listen to and recognise the issues that are most important to young people, and ensure that by representing them at a national level their voices are heard by government and formal decision makers.
We encourage all of Scotland’s young people to play their part in achieving our vision and provide a national platform for their participation in democracy. Working towards our aims, we promote the following values.
The Scottish Youth Parliament is made up of 150 young people aged 14-25 from across Scotland who represent constituencies and national voluntary organisations. We have at least two elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) per Scottish Parliamentary constituency, with another 50 from national voluntary organisations.
The Scottish Youth Parliament is governed by a Board of Trustees who meets 6 times per annum and is made up of 7 MSYPs including the Chair and Vice-Chair and up to 4 external members who act as professional advisors to the Trustees. An MSYP, who can demonstrate their commitment to the organisation at a strategic level, can submit their application to become a Trustee and are elected by MSYPs at our annual AGM held each June.
Louise Cameron MSYP – Chair
Regional portfolio for Mid Scotland and Fife and Highlands and Islands
Terri Smith MSYP - Vice Chair
Regional portfolio for Lothians
Rachael McCully MSYP –Trustee for Youth Engagement
Regional portfolio for Central Scotland
David Stewart MSYP – Trustee for Projects
Regional portfolio for North East Scotland
David McLaughlin MSYP - Trustee for Public Affairs
Regional portfolio for Glasgow
Sian Hughes MSYP - Trustee for National Voluntary Organisations
Regional portfolio for South of Scotland
Nairn McDonald MSYP - Trustee representing the Conveners Group
Regional portfolio for West of Scotland
The minutes for each Board Meeting are included below. A link to these minutes can also be found in SYP News each fortnight.
To support the work of our MSYPs, the Scottish Youth Parliament employs a staff team based in its Edinburgh office. Although MSYPs receive support from local workers, the SYP staff team in Edinburgh also provides support when MSYPs represent SYP in any media activity, national projects, groups and/or events.
Hamira Khan - Chief Executive
Rosy Burgess - Events Officer
Claire Conachy - Projects Officer
Samantha Flood - Finance Executive
Youth Engagement Team:
Jamie Dunlop - Youth Engagement Co-ordinator
Calum Ware - Youth Engagement Worker
Rhiannon Burney - Youth Engagement Worker
Public Affairs Team:
Gareth Brown - Public Affairs Co-ordinator (Policy and Research)
Rebecca Marek - Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer
Stephanie Brown - Communications Officer
The Conveners Group is intended to co-ordinate and manage the workload of the Subject Committees. The membership is made up of the 10 Subject Committee Conveners. The SYP Vice Chair is also a non-voting member of the Group and facilitates its meetings. The Conveners Group also decides on which consultations SYP should respond to and contributes to the development of SYP’s campaigns. You can read more about the Conveners Group here, or about the role of Subject Committees here.
|Thomas McEachan MSYP|
Nicola Pringle MSYP
Nancy Russell MSYP
Ciaran Davidson MSYP
|Kirsty Gardiner MSYP|
Nicole Dempster MSYP
Joshua McCormick MSYP
|Nicola Bruley MSYP|
Mason Rowan MSYP
Nairn McDonald MSYP
The minutes for each Conveners Group Meeting are included below. A link to these minutes can also be found in SYP News each fortnight.
The Procedures Group is made up of up to 5 MSYPs and was set up to ensure that young people are at the heart of considering any new policies and/or amendments to processes and systems that may be presented from time to time. It is their role to represent MSYPs and bring the ideas of young people forward to our Chief Officer. Members of the Procedures Group include: