1) What’s your role at the Forum?
I work in the Campaigns and Communications team, and for the most part I focus on getting our message across to the Scottish Government and to the law-makers in Brussels. This involves everything from co-coordinating and organising our support, to lobbying to earn it.
2) How did you get interested in Fair Trade?
I've always wanted to help make the world a fairer place and, well, the keyword is in the name! I have always known what Fair Trade was but I didn't know until recently the place it had in Scotland, and it seemed like a very worthwhile way to help people all around the world by co-coordinating our support for Fair Trade values at home.
3) What have you been working on recently?
Recently I have been working on lobbying the European Commission who are thinking about diverting aid funding away from sugar cane farmers in the developing world. I have also been organising Fair Trade bids for Scottish Government procurement contracts; the opportunities for this having come about as part of the plans to make all of Scotland's public sector support 'fair and ethical' practices.
4) What has been your highlight since you joined the Forum?
I have had the privilege of working with some really wonderful people during my time here. From the people around the office to the people supporting our work in government, I have always felt very rewarded by the work we have done due to the sincere efforts and hard work of good people who care. The Forum has had many successes but we all feel that the most important work, and our movement's greatest progress, is yet to come.
5) What’s your favourite Fair Trade product?
I am a bit of a caffeine addict, but I try to have a Fair Trade banana every day; I guess the real question is do I know what's good for me? I like bananas .... I need coffee!