As a project manager, Jill has worked in both the public and private sector, including healthcare, transport, justice and financial services. Currently she is managing a programme of work at Standard Life Assurance in Edinburgh where she has lived since 2013. Jill has also had a stint in London after university but grew up in north east Scotland.
Jill has also volunteered with several charities, including working with children from deprived areas, immigrants and employment preparation. She has also carried out voluntary work with orphans affected by AIDS in Uganda, conservation work in Namibia and with an NGO in Cameroon. She holds an MA in applied social science (Glasgow) and an MSc in Information Technology with Business. In her spare time Jill enjoys open water swimming, running and bike touring. She also has recently taken up oil painting, renewing her love of art from school.
Throughout 2018 and 2019 Jill has been spending time speaking to residents in Edinburgh East. Issues that regularly come up range from speeding traffic in residential areas, pot holes, the SNP's garden tax, Scottish independence, a lack of integrity in politics and of course Brexit. As we look to 2020 she looks forward to playing a part in resolving some of these issues – for example she is currently working closely with council and police to look at long term solutions to speeding problems in Restalrig.
Looking outward, while Britain is in crisis over Brexit, her international experience has shown that we cannot take any good fortune for granted. She is an internationalist and European at heart and Edinburgh East voted 72% to remain in the EU. At a national level the Liberal Democrats have led the way in ensuring we don’t walk away from Europe without a fight.