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Ruth McKenna

Senior Research and Communications Manager

Office: 0141 332 2520 • Mobile: 07956 620461

Why did you choose to work for Waverley Care?

I first came into contact with Waverley Care when I was working with refugees and asylum seekers in Glasgow, some of whom accessed Waverley Care services. I always heard good things about Waverley Care from people who had used their services, as well as from my colleagues. I decided to apply for my current role because it was an opportunity to continue working with people in the asylum system, but also to do research with other communities. The post was new within the organisation, so it was an exciting opportunity to develop Waverley Care’s research strategy from scratch.

Tell us about life before Waverley Care.

Before joining Waverley Care I worked as a researcher at the British Red Cross, carrying out research on destitution among asylum seekers in Glasgow. I was also working to finish my PhD in social and political sciences. Prior to that, I carried out a range of research roles in the academic, third and public sectors.

What do you most enjoy about working with Waverley Care?

One of the things I love the most about my job is that I get to work with all of the different teams at Waverley Care, from all across the country. Although that means I have to juggle multiple projects at once (and spend lots of time on late-running trains!) I love the variety of my job.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to be in the outdoors, either hiking Munros or doing long distance low-level walks. I also like to run and do yoga. I love to read, especially novels set in other countries or books about nature.

Who inspires you?

My mum – because of her positivity and determination.

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