On Thursday April 19 2023, we held our second Annual Reception at the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Paul O’Kane MSP. It was fantastic to see so many programme participants, MSPs, supporters and friends come together to celebrate the work of the Centre.

Harry Grieve, Neil Gray MSP and John Fleming holding certificates for completing the John Smith Public Service Award certificates

Harry Grieve and John Fleming were presented with certificates for completing their John Smith Public Service Award by Neil Gray MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy. Our thanks to Neil for giving his time to attend the event and present the certificates.

We were delighted that Harry, John and Fatou Drammeh gave speeches to our guests to give their experiences of our development programmes and the skills they have gained.

Fatou Drammeh, Harry Grieve and John Fleming giving speeches at the Annual Reception

Our thanks to Paul O’Kane MSP and his team for hosting the event, and for overseeing all speeches. It was a great night and we plan to make this an annual event where we can see friends and supporters.

Patrick Harvie MSP, Sandesh Gulhane MSP and guests at the Annual Reception

Paul O'Kane MSP and guests in composite pictures from Annual Reception