Joint event with the University of Aberdeen
The RSA Scotland PSR (Public Services Reform) Network is grateful to the University of Aberdeen for collaboration on this joint event. RSA Fellows and guests are most welcome to register to attend at the top of this page.
Naomi Eisenstadt will be in dialogue with The Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance, Pro-Chancellor of the University. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for audience Q&A.
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available from 17:00, with the discussion commencing at 17:15.
Any questions, please contact Ann Packard: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX
Naomi Einsenstadt CB FRSA
RSA Fellow Naomi Eisenstadt is the recent Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality for Scottish Government (her initial appointment concluding with the dissolution for the May 2016 Scottish Parliament elections). Naomi recently published her report to the Scottish Government “Shifting the Curve”, identifying fifteen recommendations that could significantly reduce poverty in Scotland.
After a long career in the NGO sector, in 1999 Naomi became the first Director of the Sure Start Unit. After Sure Start, Naomi spent three years as the Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force working across government to identify and promote policies to address the needs of traditionally excluded groups. Since retiring from the Civil Service, Naomi has chaired the Camden Equalities Commission, the Milton Keynes Child Poverty Commission. She is a trustee of four charities: Save the Children, the National Literacy Trust, the Dartington Social Research Unit, and the Trust for London.
Naomi is an Honorary Research Fellow, University of Oxford Department of Education, and the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Naomi is also a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission chaired by the former BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders. It is an independent, impactful inquiry designed to understand and identify practical ways to make local economies across the UK more economically inclusive and prosperous. The Commission will seek to devise new models for place-based growth, which enable the widest range of people to participate fully in, and benefit from, the growth of their local area.
The Very Reverend Professor Iain Torrance FRSE
Professor Torrance is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. He was born in Aberdeen while his father was minister of Beechgrove Church. He is a graduate of Edinburgh, St Andrews, and Oxford, and a minister of the Church of Scotland, serving initially as minister of Northmavine Parish in the Shetland Islands. He subsequently taught at Queen’s College, Birmingham, and then Birmingham University, before returning to the city of his birth to teach in the Department of Divinity in 1993.
In the course of time, he served as chairman of the Department and then as Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Divinity before being elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2003. He then served as President of Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. Tasks there included guiding the seminary through its 10-yearly accreditation, navigating the financial downturn of 2008, and building a new library and student accommodation. He retired from the Seminary at the end of the school’s bicentennial celebration in December 2012. Professor Torrance was appointed a Chaplain to HM The Queen in Scotland in 2001. In July 2013, The Queen appointed him Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and in July 2014 she asked him also to be Dean of the Order of the Thistle.