Gary Christie joined Scottish Refugee Council in 2003. As Head of Policy, Communications & Communities he is responsible for the overall management and delivery of the charity’s policy, research and communications functions to ensure we have the evidence and tools to inform public policy and practice debates on refugee and asylum issues at local, Scottish, UK and EU levels. Gary also has responsibility for Scottish Refugee Council’s arts development work and our community development work that aims to ensure refugees and refugee communities in Scotland participate and influence decisions affecting them. He manages the Scottish Guardianship Service, an award-winning service which supports unaccompanied asylum-seeking and trafficked children and young people in Scotland run in partnership with Aberlour Child Care Trust.
He has an MSc in Human Rights and Citizenship. He sits on the New Scots Steering Group and chairs its Thematic Group on Communities & Social Connections. He previously worked as a language teacher and Director of Studies in language centres in France, Russia and Denmark.