Award for Oxfam Scotland head

Jamie livingstone (l) with mike robinson (r) (1)

Honour: Jamie Livingstone (l) with RSGS head Mike Robinson. 

Jamie Livingstone has been named an honorary fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

20th February 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

The head of Oxfam Scotland has been honoured for his charity work.

Jamie Livingstone was given an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) at a ceremony in Glasgow this week.

The award recognises Livingstone’s role in providing a voice for people who need it the most and his work in bringing about a fairer society both in Scotland and the wider world.

Since taking up his current post 6 years ago, Livingstone has led a team working on projects and campaigns to help tackle poverty, inequality and food insecurity in Scotland as well as Scotland’s contribution to global campaigns on economic inequality, conflict and the climate emergency.

He is also a board member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and campaigned for the Scottish Government to establish the world’s first Climate Justice Fund.

On receiving the award, Livingstone said: “In a world where human suffering from conflict and the climate emergency is urgent – and where too many people, particularly women, are forced to endure poverty and the denial of their human rights – it is truly humbling to be recognised for my small part in trying to address these challenges.

“I am indebted to the work of my Oxfam colleagues who are working to tackle these injustices, particularly those supporting people in often dangerous and challenging contexts, as well as those pushing for faster action to tackle poverty and inequality within Scotland.

“I hope I can live up to this honour in the years to come, and support the Society's valuable and longstanding contribution to Scottish civic life.”

Mike Robinson, chief executive of RSGS, added: “Having worked closely with Jamie over the past few years, I have come to value his counsel enormously.

“Throughout the third and policy sectors, Jamie is renowned for his sensible, thoughtful and fair approach; for his wisdom, diplomacy, and non-judgemental attitude; and for his ability to communicate powerful and resonant messages, a talent he no doubt developed during his early career as a journalist.

“These skills combine to make Jamie a compelling and powerful influence at any level – including the highest reaches of government.”