INTERCULTURAL YOUTH SCOTLAND
KHALEDA NOON (Founder)
Founder of Intercultural Youth Scotland, through her own experience of poverty, racism, disability and inequality growing up in Scotland. Her practice comes from working directly with intercultural young people over the past 10 years to highlight current needs and lack of change.
She campaigns to implement and embedded improvements in line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence and has continued professional learning and successful activities and outcomes. All of her practice has been critical to building the capacity required to ensure sustainable improvements in excellence, equity and justice, forming policies in consultation with a wide range of partners.
Khaleda has influenced change with schools and organisations, building lasting legacies by assessing different needs and securing partnerships with representatives of diverse groups an a wide range of experts.
Some her work includes designing multiple heritage projects resulting in Duke of Edinburgh Award Ceremonies at Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh City Chambers for over 150 young people, the largest amount of young people of colour participation in the history of Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Scotland.
She has produced 6 social inclusion films, used as cultural awareness resources for schools and organisations, showcasing the voices of intercultural young people in Scotland.
Finalist Scottish Charity Awards - Most Pioneering Project Award 2019 (Won Highly commendable Award)·
Designed and delivered Action for Children’s Heritage & Inclusion Project - Youthlinks National
Equality & Diversity Award 2019
Winner AFC UK Walter Tull Inclusion Award 2019
Finalist for CEMVO's National Impact on Education Award (2018)
Finalist for Youthlinks National Awards - Heritage & Inclusion Innovative team of the year (2016)
Finalist of the Youthlinks National Awards - Heritage & Inclusion Manager of the year (2015)
FULTON MACGREGOR MSP
Fulton is the Convenor of the Racial Equality Cross Party Group and a member of the Equality and Human Rights Committee. He is a Scottish politician who is a Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Scottish Parliament for the constituency of Coatbridge and Christen.
DR KATRINA CASTLE
Head of Strategic Partnerships and Transitions, University of Edinburgh
Katrina has worked in a variety of roles within higher education over the last 20 years. Initially she worked as a lecturer, researcher and consultant in environmental sciences, before realising her real passion was in enabling all students to reach their full potential during their college/university journey. This led to a number of years managing professional service areas covering academic skills, articulation from college to university, student transitions and widening access at the Scottish Agricultural College and then Edinburgh Napier University. Latterly she has worked as Head of Widening Participation at Edinburgh Napier University, before moving to the University of Edinburgh as Head of Strategic Partnerships & Transitions. Particular areas of interests are around ensuring fairness, equality and diversity in accessing and succeeding in education, and this is reflected in her involvement with the Hub for SUCCESS (Support for University and College for Care Experienced in South-East Scotland) and membership of committees such as the University’s task group on promoting inclusion, equality and diversity in the curriculum.
Has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years as a project manager of community development project, working in various fields; health, housing, community development, domestic violence/abuse, youth work, and group work. She has particular experience and engagement with disadvantaged groups including single parents, BME communities, elderly and young people. She has worked with BME women survivors of domestic violence/abuse and is an accredited parenting facilitator. She has designed and delivered the domestic violence/abuse parenting programme for women survivors and volunteered for the Henna Foundation (which was one of the main instigators of the forced marriage Act). She is currently working, as a Race Equality Mainstreaming Officer for CEMVO Scotland, which is an intermediate of the Scottish Government and manages the Ethic Minority Women’s Network.
JONATHAN GOULD (Treasurer)
Is an inventive and creative Head of Digital Design who has his head in the design world but his feet in the business world. With a critical eye and a strong knowledge of Design principles, New Media have been a part of his working life from
the start. The Web's power of communication is irresistible to Jonathon and this medium has been the focus of his career.
Peter has responsibility for all the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the East of Scotland. This includes 11 Local Authorities, National Voluntary organisations and other Directly Licenced Organisations. Key focus of Peter's work is building the capacity of organisations to deliver sustainable DofE programmes. Peter is passionate about the impact the DofE can have on the lives of young people particularly those at risk or marginalised. He has worked for DofE Scotland for the past six years. Previously he worked in local government for twenty years delivering and managing Youth Work services in West Lothian.
CLLR ALISON DICKIE
Alison was a teacher until her election to Edinburgh Council (Southside Newington) in May 2017, and is currently Vice-Convener of Education, Children and Families. She has a heart for encouraging and empowering young people, and particularly those yet unheard voices who are key to building a more equal and inclusive city. In Council, Alison’s roles also include Chair of the Corporate Parenting Group, Ambassador on the care experienced Champions’ Board, Chair of the Child Poverty Action Group, elected member on the Chief Officer’s Public Protection Group, and Gaelic Champion. Before teaching, she was a civil servant in the Scottish Parliament (Private Secretary, Speechwriter, International Relations in the Presiding Officer’s Office), and a voluntary youthworker for 20 years.
3 Intercultural Young People from over 3 nationalities