The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is delighted to announce three new members are to join their Scotland Committee and will attend their first committee meeting in February.
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I welcome our new Scotland Committee members to the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors. The Scotland Committee has the very challenging job of choosing projects to fund from the thousands of worthy applications we receive each year. I look forward to working with Hamira Khan, John Watt and John McDonald as the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland continues to make a real difference to the lives of people, families and communities most in need.”
Hamira Khan is currently Chief Executive of the Scottish Youth Parliament. One of Scotland’s highest profile Asian females, Hamira ran her own successful communications agency with offices in the UK and Middle East. Hamira is passionate about leadership, strategy and doing what she can to ensure democracy reflects the community it serves.
John Watt is Chair of the Scottish Land Fund, and a non-executive director of New Start Highland and High Life Highland, two social enterprises based in his in home town of Inverness. An advisor to the Scottish Government’s Land Reform Review Group, he established HIE’s Community Land Unit in 1997, and helped deliver the first Scottish Land Fund and BIG’s Growing Community Assets programme.
John McDonald has been involved in public service for over 30 years across varied fields including local government, new town development, higher education, the Third sector and private sector. He’s currently a Trustee of The Voluntary Action Fund, board member of Perth College UHI, and board member of his local CVS in Perth and Kinross and Voluntary Action Scotland.
The Big Lottery Fund has invested £375 million in over 16,000 projects in Scotland since 2006. A further £270 million will be invested by 2015. Whether it is through small grants programmes funding a huge range of community activity, major investment in supporting people who have suffered domestic abuse, or innovative investment in community ownership of assets, Scotland Committee members have shaped programmes and awarded grants which enable people to improve and take more control of their futures.