On the 16 March 2018 Scottish Refugee Council held its 33rd Annual General Meeting to consider the progress made in Scotland to support refugee integration but also, crucially, to explore what more we can all do.

The AGM saw Sue Moody, our Chair, step down after three years leading the charity and members welcomed Peter Lloyd as the newly appointed Chair.

Peter said: “I record my huge thanks to all those committed people who have led the way and given so much over many years to improve the lives of refugees in Scotland.”

“As the new Chair of Scottish Refugee Council, I see this as a time of new beginnings. We are joined by new board members, a new Chief Executive, and new Ambassadors. And last year the organisation moved to new premises in the heart of Glasgow and we launched a new strategic plan.”

“But our vision remains the same – for a Scotland in which all people seeking refugee protection are welcome. Women, children and men are protected, find safety and support, have their rights and dignity respected and are able to achieve their full potential.’’

“As the leading refugee organisation in Scotland, I am sure that we will achieve this through the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and supporters but also through working in partnership with others, especially the Scottish Government and COSLA on the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy.”

“I am sure that many people share this vision and I urge them to support us to achieve it for a better Scotland.”

[Peter Lloyd is a Scottish chartered accountant with a degree in Economics, Accountancy and Business Law from Stirling University and a masters degree in Total Quality Management from Sheffield Hallam University. He spent his career in local government working as an external auditor with the Accounts Commission, a chief internal auditor with Grampian Regional Council and Assistant Director of Finance with Aberdeen City Council.

In 2009 he moved to Malta where, along with the minister of St Andrew’s Scots Church in Valletta, he led the “Out of Africa into Malta” project that involved him founding and chairing the financial institution Malta Microfinance Ltd that provided small loans to migrants to find accommodation, go to college, start a business etc. He also supported his wife with the programme of English Language teaching.

He returned to Scotland in 2016. He is delighted to have joined the board of the Scottish Refugee Council where he is able to use his knowledge of finance and management to the benefit of refugees in Scotland.]

Five important ways are to help Scottish Refugee Council

Our strategic plan takes us up to 2020 with five strategic priorities.

Click to read the Strategic Plan

These are:

  • Challenging and improving public attitudes;
  • Sharing our expertise with other organisations in Scotland working with refugees;
  • Improving our effectiveness, efficiency and value for money;
  • Helping refugees with the support they need to access their rights;
  • Advocating for the rights of refugees and fair and just legislation and policies;

Click to read New Scot strategy 

Chris Pettigrew
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