May 30, 2024

CBI director and Liverpool Eurovision chief among eight trustee appointments at Carnegie UK

by Carnegie UK

A director at the CBI, a senior academic at Ulster University and the local government leader that brought Eurovision to Liverpool are among eight new trustee appointments for Carnegie UK.

Mohammad Jamei, a director of economic policy at the CBI, Prof. Duncan Morrow, a professor in politics at Ulster University and Claire McColgan, a director at City of Liverpool council, join the board of the charitable foundation after its AGM on June 5.

Other new appointments include Rachel Doyle, owner and director of Home Instead Care in Fife, Dr Laura Zahra McDonald, director of ConnectFutures, and Dr Ruth Strain, a philanthropy manager at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Two additional people will join the organisation’s board in June 2025: Trewin Restorick, founder of Hubbub UK, and Andrea Westall, a sustainability economist and public policy adviser.

Dunfermline-based Carnegie UK was established with an endowment from Andrew Carnegie 111 years ago. The charitable foundation now works on wellbeing public policy development and practice. Last year Carnegie UK launched groundbreaking research measuring the collective wellbeing of the people of the UK.

David Emerson, the chair of Carnegie UK, said: “Good trustees are crucial to the operation of any charity. Following a rigorous selection process, I’m certain that we have the skills and experience in the pipeline to help Carnegie UK to continue to achieve its ambitions.

“In our new appointments, we have an impressive selection of private, public and third sector experience. We have a mix of professional and personal backgrounds that will help guide us on our mission of putting wellbeing at the centre of public policy decision-making,”

Claire McColgan, director of culture at Liverpool City Council said: “Carnegie UK is an organisation with a long history that is now firmly focussed on the future. The team is working on many of the big public policy challenges of our time and I’m proud to be joining their board of trustees to shape the strategic direction of the organisation.”

These changes are due to existing trustees completing their maximum term with the organisation. They include Willie Campbell, a former Fife councillor, Aideen McGinley, a former senior civil servant for the NI Executive, and Albert Tucker, an independent consultant and social entrepreneur.

David Emerson said: “I’m incredibly grateful to our retiring trustees for their commitment to the foundation, bringing valuable insights and important scrutiny to the organisation for many years. Everyone at Carnegie UK thanks these trustees for their contribution and wishes them the very best for the future.”


Notes to editors

  • Carnegie UK’s purpose is better wellbeing for people in the UK and Ireland. We are a charitable foundation set up over 100 years ago, based in Dunfermline and established with an endowment from Andrew Carnegie.
  • Further information and photographs of Carnegie UK’s new trustees are available here.


Stuart Mackinnon: [email protected]