01 March 2021

LSA Welcomes new Trustees

Legal Services Agency (LSA) is delighted to welcome four new Trustees: Grant Carson, Kirstie Cusick, Mhairi Reid and Peter Beckett. The Trustees join LSA at an exciting time to support us in delivering our three-year strategic plan launched in Spring 2020. Coming from the public, private and third sectors, the new Trustees bring invaluable skills, years of experience and an overriding commitment to promoting access to justice complementing the expertise of the existing Trustees.

Barrie Levine, Chair of LSA, said:

“We are really pleased and excited to welcome four new Trustees to the Board.  The new Trustees bring a wealth of experience which will be of real benefit to LSA as we move forward with our strategic plan and continue to provide excellent legal support to some of the most marginalised people in our communities.  We look forward to working with our new Trustees to further enhance our governance structures and strategic capacity.”

Legal Services Agency (LSA) is Scotland`s largest law centre and is committed to meeting unmet legal need and tackling injustice.  Established in 1990, we have a 30-year legacy of providing legal advice and representation addressing the effects of poverty, disadvantage and discrimination and enhancing legal education.

Grant is currently Director of Housing and Employment Services at for Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living and has devoted his career to addressing discrimination and disadvantage faced by Disabled people. His experience includes over 12 years as a Disability Qualified Tribunal Member at the Ministry of Justice providing impartial oversight to disability benefit appeals.

Kirstie is a former journalist and has managed significant public communications portfolios and laterally has held business development roles supporting operational and strategic fundraising at the Citizens Theatre. Kirstie is now based at SAMH as Social Movement Development Manager playing a leading role in Scotland’s new suicide prevention social movement.

Mhairi has considerable experience gained in grant funding organisations focusing on community led initiatives addressing poverty, inequality, and exclusion. Mhairi works for the Life Changes Trust as Evidence and Influencing Coordinator in their programme focusing on transforming the lives of young people who are care experienced.

Peter brings a range of experience gained in major financial and banking organisations applied laterally at Citizens Advice Scotland prior to moving into retirement. Peter has a particular expertise in risk management, financial acuity, and effective process management strengthing an organisation’s ability to flexibly react to change.

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