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Scotland committee members

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Maureen McGinn - Scotland Chair

Maureen McGinn has been a member of the Scotland Committee of the Big Lottery Fund since March 2007.

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Maureen has been Chair of the Scotland Committee and a member of the UK Board of the Fund since 2011. Prior to that, she was a member of the first Scotland committee from its creation in 2007.

Her previous grantmaking experience included running the Laidlaw Youth Project and Trust. She has been a trustee of several charities, including Evaluation Support Scotland and ASH Scotland, an advisor on social justice to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and co-chair and member of the first Scottish Poverty Truth Commission. Maureen's career has spanned the public and voluntary sectors, including working for a national charity, a trade union and as a senior civil servant.

- Grant Carson -

Over the last 25 years Grant Carson has gained experience of the Health, Social Care, Housing and Third sectors.

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Grant has experience of working in the Charity and Housing Sectors, and is currently Director, Employment and Housing Services at Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living where he is currently responsible for developing “Home2Fit – Scotland’s Accessible Housing Register”, a project funded by The Scottish Government to meet the Ministerial commitment in Homes Fit for the 21st Century.

Grant has first-hand experience of the difference Big Lottery funding can make by supporting fresh ideas, innovation and regeneration in Scotland.

Grant has also spent nine years as a Disability Qualified Tribunal Member at the Ministry of Justice helping to provide fair and impartial judicial oversight to the disability benefits appeals system.

For the past eight years he has been a Non-Executive Director with Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, the largest Health Board in Scotland employing over 45,000 people with an annual turnover in excess of £2.9bn.  As a disabled person since childhood, Grant has both personal experience of using NHS services and professional experience of managing at a strategic level NHS services.

Grant is also a Committee member of Horizon Housing Association and ex-Chairperson of Blackwood Housing where he was a board member for 14 years.

- Stella Everingham -

Stella Everingham is a professionally qualified social worker.

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Over her 30 year career she has worked both in London and in Scotland within Central and Local Government. She was also a Director of Aberlour Childcare Trust and has been a School Board member. Her focus over the years has been on children's services.

- Lindsay Graham -

Lindsay is a leading UK expert on school food and health promotion.

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She was a founder and former director of two Highland children's charities that support families affected by disability. She is also a trustee of the Greggs Foundation, a trustee of children’s charity Dundee Bairns and a member of the Scottish Government’s Food Insecurity Delivery group.

- Aaliya Seyal -

Aaliya has over 16 years of senior management experience in voluntary sector organisations.

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She currently manages Airdrie Citizens’ Advice Bureau, chairs Fresh Start North Lanarkshire (a charity supporting minority communities in the area), is treasurer of Parent Network Scotland, and was recently appointed to the Scottish Refugee Council’s board of directors.

- Martin Johnstone -

Martin is a secretary of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council and facilitates a network of Poverty Truth Commissions across the UK.

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He has previously chaired Glasgow’s Third Sector Forum, was a board member of Glasgow Community Planning Partnership and helped to establish the city’s Poverty Leadership Panel. More recently he chaired the Independent Working Group on behalf of the Scottish Government.