David Mackay will join the charity as head of policy, projects and participation.
Children in Scotland has announced its new head of policy, projects and participation.
David Mackay will take on the role, following more than a decade of experience in the children’s sector.
David worked with the Early Years team at the Scottish Book Trust before joining Children in Scotland as policy manager in April 2019.
During his time with the organisation he has overseen key areas of the development of its 2021-2026 policy manifesto.
He has also led on a range of project and participation work involving children and young people, including the Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe, the Home and Belonging Evaluation, the Access All Arts Fund and the Open Kindergarten project.
Children in Scotland chief executive, Dr Judith Turbyne, said: “I am so pleased to welcome David to his new role leading the Policy, Projects and Participation team at Children in Scotland.
“David has driven forward significant projects and policy areas through his early work with the organisation, on a broad range of topics including mental health, the implications of Brexit, the environment and the creative arts.
“He is a passionate advocate for children and young people, and I am confident that through his leadership, we can build on the great work that has already been done in the first years of our 2021-2026 manifesto.”
David will be part of the organisation’s strategic leadership team and lead the Children in Scotland Policy, Projects and Participation department, which works to engage children and young people and ensure that their voices are heard at all levels of policy and decision-making.
On his appointment, David said: “I am delighted to be appointed as head of policy, projects and participation.
“I have seen first-hand the powerful impact children and young people’s voices can have in driving change, creating better legislation and policy, and improving practice.
“At a time when many children, young people and families are facing very real challenges, there are still some green shoots of optimism with UNCRC incorporation back on the horizon.
“I look forward to leading Children in Scotland’s policy and engagement work and collaborating with colleagues across the sector to improve outcomes and work towards a Scotland where all children and young people can truly experience their rights.”