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Who We Are

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.


Organisational Structure


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. 

Board of Trustees

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

  • 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

Board meeting minutes

The minutes for each Board Meeting are included below. A link to these minutes can also be found in SYP News each fortnight.

Board Meeting - 19th August 2014

Board Meeting - 3rd October 2014

Board Meeting - 21st November 2014

Board Meeting - 4th February 2015

Board Meeting - 6th March 2015

Staff Team

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.

Projects Team:

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 McPhee-Marek - Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer

Stephanie Brown - Communications Officer

Conveners Group

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.

Committee Convener

Culture and Media

Thomas McEachan MSYP

Education and Lifelong Learning

Nicola Pringle MSYP


Nancy Russell MSYP

External Affairs

Ciaran Davidson MSYP

Health and Wellbeing


Jobs and Economy

Nicole Dempster MSYP


Joshua McCormick MSYP

Social Justice

Nicola Bruley MSYP

Sport and Leisure

Mason Rowan MSYP

Transport, Environment, Rural Affairs

Nairn McDonald MSYP


Conveners Group Minutes

The minutes for each Conveners Group Meeting are included below. A link to these minutes can also be found in SYP News each fortnight.

Conveners Group Meeting - 2nd August 2014

Conveners Group Meeting - 18th October 2014

Procedures Group

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:

  • Jordan Linden MSYP (Chair)
  • Rhianne Carroll MSYP 
  • Robbie Nicoll MSYP 
  • Kirsty McCahill MSYP
  • Thomas Mair MSYP

Procedures Group Minutes

Procedures Group Meeting - 30th October 2014