The Committee

The Scottish Committee is:

Carole Ewart (Convener) joined CFoIS in 1999. She works as a public policy and human rights consultant on issues such as social and economic fairness, children’s rights and domestic application of UN Treaties. Carole is a member of: the Advisory Board of ‘Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access for Environmental Information’ which is a research project at Dundee University, a member of the Project Board of the Jimmy Reid Foundation which is an independent ‘think tank’ for progressive policy in Scotland and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Scottish Left Review.

Dr David Goldberg has worked as a volunteer for the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland since 1984 and is Deputy Chair of the International Advisory Board of Access Info Europe. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School (LA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts etc and gained a Ph.D by prior publication in 2012 from GCU.

Dr Derek Manson Smith has worked as a volunteer with the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland since 1985. He was the co-convener from 1999 to 2013. During that time, he organised training courses on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 for staff from public authorities in Scotland and carried out research for the Scottish Information Commissioner on FoISA before and after the act came into force. Until he retired, he worked as an information research consultant for 30 years. His publications for lay readers included: ‘What’s on My Record? A practical guide to your rights of access to personal information’ for the Scottish Consumer Council, 1995­­­–2007; ‘Your Right to Know: a guide to freedom of information law in Scotland’, draft for the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner, 2005.

Mandy Reid joined CFoIS in 2018. She has worked for 40 years in the Third Sector in Scotland in a number of paid and unpaid roles, including serving on the Board of several organisations and working as an Advocate, Information Officer, and Policy/Research Officer. Mandy’s areas of particular expertise include Communication For All (Inclusive Communication and Accessible Information); promoting human rights and rights based practice; closing the gap between equality policy and practice; and undertaking research informed by the experiences of the people who use and experience service provision across reserved and devolved areas of government. She has consistently used (freedom of) information requests to highlight the lack of inclusive services for minority groups in order to evidence the need for better provision.

Susan Coughtrie joined CFoIS in 2019 as a volunteer. She is an experienced human rights advocate focused on freedom of expression and access to information, with a background in journalism and politics. Currently based Scotland, she consults for independent media and NGOs, including the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom and Index on Censorship, and is a research fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. Until 2018, Susan spent seven years working for ARTICLE 19 where she developed projects across the Eurasia region on topics including access to information, safety of journalists, restrictions to freedom of expression online and countering hate speech. She has also worked for the NGOs Reach All Women in WAR based in London and the Centre for Independent Media in Moldova.