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Louise Macdonald OBE

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Louise Macdonald OBE

Louise Macdonald OBE

Independent Co-Chair


Louise believes that cross sector collaboration is key to creating the thriving, just and equal society we are all striving to build. It is this commitment that underpins Louise’s work as the new National Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, where she took up the reins in June 2021.


She was formerly Chief Executive of Young Scot, the multi award-winning youth information and citizenship charity with over 700k members aged 11-26 and she is also the Independent Co-Chair of the First Minister’s Advisory Council on Women and Girls; a Board member of the Scottish Parliament think tank Scotland’s Futures Forum, a Trustee of the 5Rights Foundation and immediate past President of the European Youth Card Association (representing 41 countries and 6m+ young cardholders). She was awarded an OBE in 2016 in recognition of her work to support young people and in summer 2021 was announced as the first ever Ambassador for the Scottish Seabird Centre.

An award-winning “Social CEO”, she can be found online @Louisemac – often featuring her passion for photography and nature.