The John Smith Centre for Public Service at the University of Glasgow is delighted to announce the appointment of the Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, and the Rt Hon Ed Balls to its Management Board.

The Chair of the John Smith Centre, Catherine Smith said,

“We are very pleased to welcome two outstanding people to our Board. Our mission is to work to promote the value of public service at a time when it has never been more important to the well-being of our country and society. To be effective we have to be cross partisan and our Board reflects that. Our next task is to recruit a Director for the Centre which will allow us to develop our existing projects and find new ways to excite the belief that public service can be a vital tool in using politics as a powerful force for good.

Commenting Ruth Davidson MSP said:Ruth Davidson MSP

“Public service and political representation are not easy jobs for anyone; but they are crucial to the well-being of us all.

Restoring respect and value to the vocation is something that transcends party politics. It’s important that young people, no matter their background, know that politics and public service is open to them.  Imbuing the next generation with the decency and integrity so embodied by John Smith is in the interests of us all.

I am therefore delighted to accept this role and look forward to the work ahead.”

Ed Balls added:Ed Balls

“It is a privilege for me to work to make good the values that John Smith stood for in a modern setting that needs them more than ever.

Politics has the potential to transform people’s lives for the better.

In times when sceptics often doubt the role of politicians, it’s even more important to support organisations like the John Smith Centre who are there to help promote the value and importance of public service.”

Welcome, Ruth and Ed!

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