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Participation and Communities Team

The Participation and Communities Team (PACT) works with individuals and communities to support engagement with the Scottish Parliament.

The team helps people have their views and experiences heard by our committees. This ensures that the conversations are well-informed and more balanced.

We do this by partnering with

  • voluntary groups
  • business groups
  • charities, and
  • community organisations.

We offer awareness sessions – these help people learn more about

  • the work of Parliament, and
  • how to get involved.

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We have three main areas of focus:


We are community participation specialists. We bring people together from around Scotland who are most affected by the issues being discussed in Parliament. We connect them to the relevant committee, so that their voices can be heard and considered by MSPs. We value hearing about people’s lived experiences. We work with organisations to make sure we are engaging with the right communities in the right way. We do this through a variety of activities, including targeted communications and workshops.

Our community participation specialists and their contact details are listed below:

Ewan Masson

Ewan Masson

Ewan is the committee lead for:

Ewan is the area lead for:

  • Aberdeen
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Angus
  • Dundee
  • Fife
  • North Lanarkshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • Moray

Kerri Whiteside

Kerri Whiteside

Kerri is the committee lead for:

Kerri is the area lead for:

  • Argyll and Bute
  • Borders 
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Highland
  • Inverclyde
  • Orkney
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Shetland

Leoncha Leavy

Leoncha Leavy

Leoncha is the committee lead for:

Leoncha is the area lead for:

  • Clackmannanshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire 
  • Falkirk
  • Glasgow
  • East Lothian
  • Renfrewshire
  • Stirlingshire

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Kate is the committee lead for:

Kate is the area lead for:

  • East Ayrshire
  • North Ayrshire  
  • South Ayrshire
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian
  • Perth and Kinross
  • Western Isles
  • West Lothian  


We know that not everyone can easily engage with Parliament in person. We’re exploring ways to connect with more people online, so that they can have their say in the work we do.

The Scottish Parliament currently uses a consultation website to support our Call for Views, and an online discussion website to help the public talk about issues and put forward their own experiences, ideas, and questions.

Deliberative democracy

'Deliberative democracy' is a process for getting people to engage in discussion and debate on certain issues. It encourages people to take part and arrive at a consensus. It's an inclusive approach to democracy. PACT encourage the use of deliberate democracy through Citizens’ Panels.

Our deliberative democracy specialist is:

Alistair Stoddart

Alistair Stoddart

Contacting the team

If you would like to know more about the work of PACT, please email the team at

You can follow the team on Twitter at: @Engage_SP.

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Other information

Committees are regularly looking for the public to share their views on various legislative issues.

Find the latest list of calls for views

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