The 2018/19 programme


The participants in the 2018/19 programme have, so far, met up to decide on their topic for the year. They have decided on the following:

To explore the relationship young women have with sport and physical activity, with particular regard to issues that might prevent participation.

Terms of reference:

  • To explore socio-economic, protected characteristics, intersectionality
  • To look at provision in schools and how that influences attitude
  • To look at societal pressures and external influences
  • To find and share examples of good practice


 Amy Leishman Anna Henschel Samantha Stewart
Hannah Lorne Gray Abbie McGrath Elizabeth Chao-Ying Rao
Janis Wong Lauren Pluss Dionne Hossack
Lauren Aitchison Olivia Kanyike Katie Heath
Reigan Walker Jenni Snell Amy King
Diane Stewart Svea Horn Maxine Cairney
Nell Westbrook Ciara Maguire  Beccie White
Vidhipssa Mohan Shika Hurrydass Lisa Douglas 
Katrina Lambert Rhona Wilder Ashley Stein
Hannah MacFarlane Nancy Wallace Kris Muir

Parliamentary Staff

  • Hayley Forrester – Project Lead
  • Rachel Edwards – Clerk to Young Women Lead Committee
  • Damon Davies/Anne Jepson – Resourcer
  • Gillian Baxendine – Senior Management Support
  • Linda Peters – Media Relations Officer
  • Alanis Mcquillen/Sameerah Ali – Administrator
  • Stuart Buchanan – Social Media and Webpage  

YWCA staff

  • Audrey Barnes Programme – Co-ordinator  
  • Beth Cloughton – Programme Intern 

Important dates 2019 

The programme of events is as follows:

  • Meeting 1 – Friday 22nd February
  • Meeting 2 – Friday 26th April
  • Meeting 3 – Friday 31st May
  • Report launch and graduation – Thursday 20th June

The meetings are all in public from 11:00-13:00 – details for the launch/graduation still TBC.

Follow along

Follow Scottish Parliament on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest on the Young Women Lead programme.

You can also follow the hashtags #youngwomenlead and #scotwomenrise on those platforms.

On Instagram, @YoungWomenScot will be adding to their ongoing Insta-Story about the programme.

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