Elisabeth’s early years were spent in a mining village before she moved to Edinburgh, where her father lead an inner city parish. These early experiences fostered a lifelong concern for social justice, fairness and equality, and led her into a career as a social worker and social work manager. More recently she was a university teacher, helping people from lower income countries solve people problems at work. She has also undertaken consultancy for the UK and other governments as well as UNESCO. Her PhD was an early study of how women progress in organisations. Elisabeth has experience in England as a councillor, health board member, and school governor.
Elisabeth has a track record of supporting green issues. She was a founder member of Treesponsibility, a tree planting group that campaigned against climate change before it became a mainstream concern. She has been a member of Friends of the Earth for some years, and is currently the chair of Sustaining Dunbar, a local development trust, which managed the successful Zero Waste Dunbar project. Elisabeth has many concerns about Brexit, including the protection of employee rights, and the status of EU citizens in the UK. However, the most important of these is the possible loss of environmental protection, because of the long term consequences.
Elisabeth is also concerned with mental health, which Scottish Liberal Democrats have championed. She proposed the current policy on maternal mental health at the 2017 Spring Conference. It was adopted unanimously.
Elisabeth is married with children and grandchildren and is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
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