We were delighted to welcome Fair Trade supporters to Motherwell on Saturday 7 September for our annual campaigner conference.


Yvonne Weir (Enterprise Manager at North Lanarkshire Council /North Lanarkshire Fairtrade group) and St Stephen’s Primary School opened the event with presentations on their respective Fair Trade activities in North Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire’s Fairtrade Zone campaign. Find out more about the campaign here and follow it on Twitter. 

Hazel Oakley (member of the Fair Trade Young People’s Network Scotland) spoke about the role of the Network in the future of Fair Trade campaigning in Scotland, and Martin Rhodes (Scottish Fair Trade Forum) gave an overview of Fair Trade activities in Scotland over the past year.

The broader theme for our event was “Fair Trade and Gender Equity” and we were very privileged to have speakers from Lovethatstuff, the Co-op and the Fairtrade Foundation to tell us about the Fair Trade practices and partnerships that are being implemented throughout supply chains to empower women. 

Full list of speakers:

  • St Stephen’s Primary School, Coatbridge.
  • Yvonne Weir, Enterprise Manager, North Lanarkshire Council.
  • Barbara Wilson, owner of Lovethatstuff (a retailer of WFTO members’ products).
  • Sarah Wakefield, Sustainable Sourcing and Fairtrade Manager, the Co-op.
  • Hazel Oakley, member of the Fair Trade Young People’s Network Scotland
  • Martin Rhodes, Chief Executive, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.
  • Julia Nicoara, Director of Public Engagement, the Fairtrade Foundation.
  • Anne-Marie Yao, Regional Cocoa Manager of the Fairtrade Africa-West Africa Network, unfortunately could not join us at the event but sent a video message instead. 


Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions focussed on the Scottish Government’s Review of Fair Trade sales promotion in Scotland and were delivered by the independent consultants carrying out the review. If you didn’t make it to the conference but would like to contribute to this review, you can do so by completing the relevant survey here by Saturday 12 October. 

Fairtrade Foundation’s National Campaigner Committee

Prior to the conference, Charles Sim of the East Ayrshire Fairtrade Zone group was elected as the Scotland representative to the Fairtrade Foundation’s National Campaigner Committee. You can contact Charles about Fairtrade campaigns or any issue related to Fairtrade locally: ScotlandNCC@fairtrade.org.uk   

Scottish Fair Trade Forum AGM

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum’s AGM preceded the conference and included elections to the Board. As a result of the elections, the following changes to the Board were made:

  • Charles Sim was elected as the new Chair;
  • Liz Manson joined Rachel Farey in the role of Vice Chair;
  • Sarah Middlemiss joined as a new member on her first term; and
  • Graeme Clark and Jackie Arreaza stepped down from their positions as Board Members. 

You can see a full list of the new Board members here.