My involvement with the third sector started in 1996, initially supporting people with learning disabilities and since 2006, supporting individuals affected by addictions and underlying mental health problems. I also enjoyed a short spell of teaching “Middle Eastern Culture and Society” at the University of Edinburgh Lifelong Learning Programme over four years.
The focus of my professional career has been the empowerment of vulnerable people in our society and promoting their rights as well as supporting communities affected by poverty and inequality.
Over the past 26 years, and with a background in business management and field nursing, I carried various roles as a practitioner, project coordinator and service manager. In April 2020 I was appointed the CEO of Recovery Scotland (previously Addictions Support & Counselling), a third sector organisation that specialises in supporting people affected by problematic substance use and aiding their recovery.
Over the past 15 years I have served as a trustee, vice chair and chairperson of various local and national charities including Volunteer Scotland and Media Education. I am currently a trustee of St John Scotland Central Area Board of as well as representing Recovery Scotland on various Cross Party Groups within the Scottish Parliament.
I have great passion for community development projects that empower individuals to exercise their rights as citizens, improve their physical and mental wellbeing and increase their access to further education and employment opportunities.
In my free time, I enjoy table tennis, Aikido, music, cooking. I am also an active member of various social societies and clubs.