Our Team

Mhairi Snowden, Director

Mhairi is Director of the Human Rights Consortium Scotland. Mhairi has a background in policy and research around children’s rights, disabled students’ rights and social work research, and has previously worked in Government, and for several Scottish and international NGOs. She was the civil society member of the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership. She currently sits on the Leadership Panel for Scotland’s Human Rights National Action Plan and on the Scottish Government Human Rights Bill Advisory Board.  Mhairi works closely with partners in Northern Ireland and Wales, and is a member of the Project Advisory Group for the UK-wide Civil Society Alliance. 

In her spare time, Mhairi’s favourite things are campvervanning with her family, drinking coffee and chatting (a lot). 

Lucy Miller, Senior Policy Officer

Lucy is the Senior Policy Officer with Human Rights Consortium Scotland. In her role, she researches, analyses and monitors current law and policy and its implementation related to human rights to identify gaps, concerns and influencing priorities. Lucy has worked in the UK, USA, and Australia across a range of different sectors. Lucy’s experience is in policy, influencing and engagement, having worked in the private sector for two separate agencies and campaigning on issues related to environmental, government inquiries, housing, and healthcare. In 2022, Lucy was elected the first Chair of Women in Public Affairs (WiPA) Scotland and can often be found interviewing inspiring women in the public affairs sector about their experiences. Additionally, Lucy is part of the fifth cohort of the 2050 Climate Group’s young leaders development programme.  

A proud Gallovidian, Lucy likes cold water swimming all over Scotland and hassling her friends to go to karaoke with her. 

Rebecca Ferguson-Grant, Communications and Events Assistant

Rebecca is the Consortium’s Communications and Events Assistant. She found her passion for the third sector at university, and after obtaining her Masters degree in Human Rights Law, she took up a Campaigns, Policy and Influencing traineeship at Oxfam. Following her return to Scotland, she has worked with several charities, including the Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum and Citizens Advice Scotland. Rebecca’s passion lies in creating fun, engaging events which make human rights accessible to all. 

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys knitting and watching rugby. 

Doro Richter, Human Rights Participation Officer

Doro is Human Rights Participation Officer at the Consortium. Her role involves developing participation work and approaches with a particular focus around enabling participation of migrant-related groups, organisations and individuals in human rights development in Scotland. Curiosity for other people and their stories, has led Doro on a path from media and communications studies, to working as a human rights observer in the Philippines, to studying Arabic at Edinburgh University. Staying in Scotland ever since, Doro has facilitated the TCV Building Roots project on access to nature and heritage sites with the Syrian refugee community. Doro also works at FOSS, a small organisation supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Falkirk. 

Doro loves going for walks and being outdoors, and endlessly sitting together with friends – human and furry alike.

Ruari MacNeil, Administrator

Ruari is the Administrator at the Consortium. After his undergrad he gained experience in a variety of different sectors before returning to university to complete a Masters at SOAS University in Anthropology of Development. During this time, his interest in human rights related issues piqued, and since graduating he has held roles with Leith-based DPO, Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living, and Citizens Advice Scotland. After a 9-month sabbatical in Andalucía to help further develop his Spanish skills, Ruari returned to Edinburgh and began working with the Consortium. 

In his spare time, Ruari is a competitive trail runner and general outdoor enthusiast, and you will often find him in the Highlands and Islands doing his best to survive the wind, rain and/or midges.

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