Former NHS Highland Director of Public Health and City of Edinburgh Council Vice-Convenor appointed to Changeworks' board

Margaret Somerville, Changeworks' board memberNHS Highland's former Director of Public Health Dr Margaret Somerville and Vice-Convenor for Transport and Environment at City of Edinburgh Council Adam McVey have joined the board of leading environmental charity Changeworks.

Changeworks, a thriving social enterprise employing over 200 employees and volunteers from the Scottish Borders to the Highlands and Islands, works with organisations, communities and householders to reduce carbon emissions, fuel poverty and waste by managing resources more efficiently.

Dr Somerville worked for NHS Highland from 2010 until last year. In her last annual report in 2014, Dr Somerville highlighted the high levels of fuel poverty and excess winter deaths in Highland, as well as the health impacts of climate change.

Adam McVey, Changeworks' board memberAdam McVey, Vice-Convenor for Transport and Environment on the City of Edinburgh Council, is responsible for delivery of the Council's pledges regarding the city's sustainable energy, waste and transport policies. 

Welcoming the appointments, Changeworks Chief Executive Teresa Bray said:

“I’m delighted to see Margaret Somerville and Adam McVey join the board of Changeworks. They bring valuable expertise in public health and energy and transport respectively. Changeworks is committed to tackling the growing issue of fuel poverty which affects nearly a million (39%) of Scotland’s households. These high calibre appointments will help this important work continue and compliment the broad range of board members already working with Changeworks.”

Dr Somerville explained:

“I’m really looking forward to working with the Changeworks team on reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions. I hope my background in public health will help with understanding the effect on occupants’ health of living in cold damp housing that they are unable to heat adequately. It’s an exciting opportunity for me to get involved in implementing some recommendations from my last annual report, but in a very different arena from the NHS. Tackling such important issues in this way is very effective in improving people’s health.”

Adam McVey commented:

"Hopefully I'll be able to help Changeworks meet its future goals by bringing knowledge and experience from my role within the Council and previous experience in the third sector. I'm particularly looking forward to being part of Changeworks going forward as it plays a continuing and every more prominent role in tackling fuel poverty in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland."

Changeworks board of Directors are volunteers and ensure high standards of corporate governance are observed.