Maggie has over 25 years experience of working for social and environmental justice. She is one of Scotland’s most prominent experts on social security with her detailed policy knowledge being informed by many years practical experience of working in the advice sector as well as her policy work.
She is an expert on anti-poverty policy and practice with a particular expertise in the relation between social security, and the wider anti-poverty agenda. She regularly gives expert evidence to Scottish Parliamentary Committees.
Maggie has extensive knowledge of the relationship between socio-economic inequality and other types of inequality such as that experienced by women, ethnic minority communities and disabled people. She is an accomplished writer and inspiring speaker.
In Scotland, she previously worked at Poverty Alliance, leading on promoting anti-poverty policy and co-ordinating the Scottish Campaign for Welfare Reform, a coalition of key charities, faith groups, voluntary organisations and unions from across Scotland, campaigning for a fairer welfare system.
Maggie is a founding member and Co-Chair of CONCH (Communities Opposed to New Coal at Hunterston), a community led campaign which successfully halted plans to build the first new coal fired power station in Scotland in thirty years. CONCH were awarded the 2012 Scottish Green Award for outstanding contribution to the Scottish environment.
She has worked at CPAG in Scotland as a welfare rights team member, providing expert support and training to advisors across Scotland, particularly for those working with ethnic minority communities. Prior to that she was a Research Fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University with the Scottish Poverty Information Unit. She has worked for many years in London, within the advice sector in a variety of roles, including managing advice in health care settings across six London boroughs at Camden CAB, and posts at Disability Law Service and Citizens Advice UK.
Maggie also enjoys painting and photography, her art often being inspired by regular walks and cycle trips in Scotland's coastlines, islands and forests.