National Convenor – Rhiannon Spear
Rhiannon is originally from the Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland but moved to Glasgow at the age of 16 to study at Glasgow University. Since graduating in 2012 Rhiannon has worked in Glasgow in media and communications.
Rhiannon is currently a candidate for Glasgow in the May 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.
“I joined the SNP as they were the only party that stood to protect free education. I believe strongly that education should be based on the willingness to learn not the ability to pay. Throughout the referendum I got heavily involved with the youth movement and saw how politically engaged young people in Scotland were.
“As Convenor I want to make sure that we continue this political engagement by encouraging participation and making sure every member gets involved.”
Vice Convenor – Rory Steel
Rory is a Strathclyde Politics graduate, originally from Larkhall, now living in Glasgow’s East End.
He was a co-founder and President of both SNP Strathclyde and Students for Independence Strathclyde, taking a lead on frontline campaigning and grassroots community activism in Glasgow and beyond.
“I joined the SNP in 2010 because, like many people, I believe in independence. I believe that local people should be in control.”
“As Vice Convener, I’m making sure that the mass membership are the ones who are in control of the direction of the SNP Youth and the wider party. Our party has changed and members should strive to make sure our policy reflects that.”
s have promised, for instance, to cut welfare by £12 billion, and their pledge not to raise taxes means that the budget deficit will be addressed through spending cuts, which will likely hit the poor hardest. And Cameron’s plans to “protect essential services against strikes” appear to many on the left as a code for a feared evisceration of union power.
National Communications Officer – George Bruce
George is a law grad from Aberdeenshire who has been an SNP member since 2011.
National Treasurer – David Buckley
David Buckley is a student at Glasgow University, currently in his 2nd year of BSc Microbiology degree. Despite being interested in politics from a young age, David only became actively involved politically in 2014, during the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. Since then he has become treasurer for Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association (April 2014), SNP Students (August 2015) & SNP Youth (September 2015), posts which he holds to this day.
“For me, independence is quite simply about democracy. I truly and honestly believe that the people of Scotland have the interests of Scotland closest to their hearts, and that those who govern Scotland should be answerable to no-one other than the people of Scotland. For that reason, I cannot stop fighting for independence.”
National Secretary – Greg Stewart
Greg is a second year student at the University of Strathclyde studying Computer and Electronic Systems. He is also President of SNP Strathclyde.
“I joined the SNP as I believe independence is an essential step in creating that fairer society we all want to see. I believe young people can help the party build on the good progress it has already achieved at Holyrood and therefore it is essential SNP Youth helps to ensure their voices are heard in Parliament. We must also be there to make our party as accessible to young members as possible.”
Director of Campaigns – Chris Glendinning
Chris is 20 years old and a Law student at the University of Glasgow. He is also a former National Convenor of SNP Students. Chris supports the SNP because of the party’s commitment to social justice, and he believes that independence is the best way to create a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.
Equalities Officer – Roza Salih
Roza Salih graduated with BA Honours Degree in Law and Politics in 2013. She has worked as Vice-President Diversity and Advocacy at the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, Scotland International Students’ Officer and a Trustee for National Union of Students (NUS) UK. She is one of the original ‘Glasgow Girls’ – a group of teenage girls who led a UK wide campaign to stop the deportation of vulnerable asylum seekers. The story of the campaign was made into a BBC drama and a National Theatre of Scotland production. Roza is also the Co- Convenor of the Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan (SSK) and Vice-Chair for Unite Regional Young Members Committee.
Political Education Convenor – Natalie Don
Natalie is a twenty-six year old history graduate from Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire. Having joined the party in March 2015, in the lead up to the general election, Natalie has became actively involved with her local branch and her local youth branch.
“The SNP stand up for matters that are very important to me such as equality, social mobility and social inclusion. I believe that the only way to truly achieve these is with a strong SNP and an independent Scotland.
“Having always voted for SNP I joined the party after being truly inspired by the referendum campaign. Although I am a fairly new member, I have always taken an interest in politics and am very excited to be involved with the party on both a local and national level.
“I am looking forward to working with the youth section of our party and helping their voices to be heard. I believe that it is pivotal that our youth section is inclusive of people from all different backgrounds and a true representation of all young people in Scotland.”