Speaker – Louise Macdonald OBE


Sadly Dame Sue Bruce has had to pull out of speaking at the 2015 lunch but she has provided us with a very worthy replacement! Dame Sue is Chair of Young Scot and she has recommended the CEO of Young Scot to speak at the lunch.

Louise Macdonald OBE is Chief Executive of Young Scot, the multi award-winning youth information and citizenship charity.

Working in partnership across all sectors, Young Scot aims to support young people aged 11-26 to make informed decisions and choices, and connect them to their communities – contributing to Scotland’s ambition of being the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up.

Over 570,000+ young people are members of Young Scot, using the Young Scot services to access information and opportunities locally and nationally.

She has been CEO for seven years, and prior to that had a varied career in the public sector, including specialising in youth volunteering and community enterprises.

Louise is a Board member of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ACOSVO); Vice Chair of the 2020 Climate Group; a committee member of the IoD in Scotland and a Board member of the Scottish Parliament Scotland’s Futures Forum. She is also Chair of the Scottish Ministerial Working Group on Tobacco Control: Smoking Prevention Sub Group and a member of the COSLA Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy.