We are delighted that the Chair of YouthLink Scotland, Angela Leitch, and former Chief Executive of Public Health Scotland, is among those honoured. Her receipt of a CBE for services to public health in Scotland reflects her tireless dedication to advancing the well-being of our communities. 

It’s fantastic to see so many youth workers acknowledged for their work:  

Susan Walker, Chief Commissioner of Girlguiding Scotland, has been awarded an MBE for her exceptional services to young people, embodying the spirit of empowerment and leadership. 

Willie Campbell, Captain of 1st Stewarton Boys’ Brigade, receives a BEM for his outstanding contributions to the community in Stewarton, East Ayrshire, exemplifying the ethos of service and mentorship. 

Alice Kerr Waite, Officer at Girls’ Brigade Scotland, is recognised with a BEM for her unwavering dedication to the young people and the community of Cambuslang, serving as an inspiration to many. 

This year’s honours also shine a light on people who have brought about positive change, impacting local governance, education, mental health, and more: 

Sally-Ann Loudon, Former Chief Executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, is honoured with an OBE for her invaluable contributions to local governance, fostering positive change and progress. 

Louise Long, Chief Executive of Inverclyde Council, receives an MBE for her dedicated services to local governance and the Inverclyde community, showcasing remarkable leadership and dedication. 

Stephen Fischbacher, the founding Director of Fishy Music, is recognised with an MBE for his crucial work in promoting mental health and well-being through his highly successful youth music project.  

Gayle Gorman, former HM Chief Inspector and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, is awarded a CBE for her impact on education and support for young people’s services. 

Sharon Kelly, Project Manager at Royston Youth Action, is honoured with an MBE for her unwavering commitment to young people, demonstrating exceptional dedication and passion. 

Commenting, CEO of YouthLink Scotland, Tim Frew said:  

“This recognition is a testament to the incredible impact all of these people have had on the lives of young people and communities across Scotland. Their commitment and passion for youth work and education are truly commendable and deserving of this honour.” 

Once again, congratulations to all those honoured this New Year for this well-deserved recognition of their outstanding contributions. 

You can read the full list here.