SCoJeC is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Livingston as our part time Public Affairs Officer. Nicola studied Psychology at Glasgow University followed by a Diploma in Youth and Community Work at Jordanhill College. She has worked professionally in local authority social work for over 30 years, both in front line provision and in strategic planning, including the development of a number of ground breaking services.
Nicola has also worked professionally and served in a voluntary capacity in a number of Jewish communal organisations. She is currently Chair of Jewish Chaplaincy Scotland and a Trustee of Cosgrove Care. Nicola joined SCoJeC in 2009 to co-ordinate a number of projects, and has been Hon Secretary for the past 3 years.
Nicola said, "I am greatly looking forward to working in a professional capacity for SCoJeC. My previous involvement has given me insight into the issues that concern Jewish people in Scotland, and I am keen to build on existing structures to ensure that public bodies understand and take the community's needs and opinions into account in their strategic planning. "
SCoJeC was established 14 years ago to meet the needs of the Jewish Community at the time of Devolution, and Nicola's skills in strategic planning will also help us reassess and develop our priorities and activities, both as Scotland changes, whatever the outcome of the independence referendum, and in light of what our recent Being Jewish in Scotland project has taught us about what Jewish people in Scotland are thinking, feeling, and experiencing.
SCoJeC Director, Ephraim Borowski commented, "Nicola's experience in community development and her passion for maintaining a strong and active Jewish community in Scotland will be a huge asset, and we are delighted to welcome her to our team."
Nicola has relinquished her place on Council in order to take up this post, and we are delighted that she has been replaced, both as the representative of Jewish Chaplaincy Scotland and as Hon Secretary, by Simon Dover, who has been SCoJeC's adviser on medical matters since 2008, and a coopted
member of Council since 2009.