Jamie Livingstone has been announced as the new Head of Oxfam Scotland, one of the most high profile roles in the Scottish charity sector. Livingstone, 34, will lead the Scottish team of Oxfam GB, the internationally renowned organisation that delivers development and humanitarian work in more than 55 countries.
Oxfam Scotland ensures the issues faced by the world’s poorest people, both domestically and internationally, are bought to the attention of the Scottish public and policymakers. Mr Livingstone takes on the role at a critical time as Oxfam focuses its global attention on the twin priorities of inequality and climate change. Prior to his appointment, he worked for two years as Oxfam Scotland’s Campaigns and Communications Manager, having joined the organisation after a nearly decade-long career in journalism, including as Political Correspondent for STV News.
Mr Livingstone explained that he had joined Oxfam “because of a personal commitment to challenging poverty. Today our focus is clear, we must do more to face down the two biggest challenges of our time: growing inequality and the impact of climate change. Both of these issues affect the world’s poorest people most, including here in Scotland, and we will be doing all we can to ensure Oxfam’s voice is heard on these crucial challenges.
“I am excited and humbled to lead Oxfam Scotland – an organisation at the heart of a strong and vibrant sector in Scotland. We are hugely grateful to the support we receive from people in Scotland; this backing underpins everything Oxfam has and will continue to achieve in the fight against poverty.”
Since joining Oxfam, Livingstone has been part of the successful campaign for a global Arms Trade Treaty, as well as the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign, which secured a doubling in the Scottish Climate Justice Fund and new investment in global citizenship education in Scottish schools.
Livingstone said: “Oxfam is known for our work overseas, however, right now more than 870,000 people here in Scotland live in poverty and thousands are struggling to afford food to eat – that cannot be either acceptable or accepted in our society. Cuts to social safety nets have gone too far and employment is no longer a guaranteed route out of poverty due to low wages. We must do more to ensure everyone shares in Scotland’s prosperity.”
Mr Livingstone replaces Judith Robertson, who held the post of Head of Oxfam Scotland, for nine years.