WHAT DO YOU DO FOR H&I?
I see this role as doing the behind-the-scenes stuff that allows Activists & Candidates to do their stuff; by helping Members, Branch & Area Coordinators keep in touch with each other, as well as analysing patterns to help plan campaigns, canvassing, branch development etc; and liaising with the national membership team.
I want to welcome – and meet – new members, do more number crunching & analysis, work with other Branches, help establish new Branches and support the Branch more widely. It’s about being proactive in building the party, building membership and helping members become more active.
WHY DID YOU JOIN?
I wanted to put my name to something I believed in that could help change the way we do politics in this country. It took me nine years though to realise that the Party only exists because of all the work its members do to make stuff happen.
WHAT’S THE SGP POLICY CLOSEST TO YOUR HEART?
A toughie! I think what appeals to me most is the way that only the Greens accept that yes, the Economy is important, but it must be managed for People and within the limits set by the Environment – everything in the party is based around Social AND environmental justice, so it’s hard to pick one; but more community management of land is up there.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE BRANCH?
I want to see local Green members being active in every community and interest. I’d love for the H&I branch to be big and strong enough to split into several sister branches.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE THINKING OF JOINING?
Talk to any of us and ask us any questions. Think about what YOU want for your local community, country, planet and see what WE’ve got to offer. Come to a local meeting and feel the energy! Politics can be so much more than shouting-matches between identikit grey drones in suits…
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS & WHY?
Anywhere there’s rocks and nature and sea and signs of human life and work.