NYA Representatives

Each year the National Youth Assembly elects nine representatives to go to the General Assembly along with the NYA Moderator. They also look at what NYA has said each year and try to follow things up with Councils, Committees or any other body it is relevant to. Here is a bit more information about our reps for 2011 and 2012 (click on the white text to go to that year).

NYA Representatives 2012

Lara Coyle is 19 years old and has lived in Edinburgh for her whole life. She is studying Primary Teaching at Edinburgh University and is currently halfway through 2nd year. She is a member of Fairmilehead Parish Church, where she helps with the young church, the teenage youth group and sings in the Praise Group. Her church is also her work, and she has been working in the church office for three years now. She attended NYA for the first time this year and loved it so much that she decided to put herself forward as a youth rep! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her friends, watching films, listening to music and singing.

Sarah MacDonald is an opinionated MA English Literature and Philosophy student from Sunny Leith, now living in Edinburgh. Despite the move she is still a member of Leith St. Andrew’s Church – volunteering at the youth group, participating in delivering youth sermons and whatever else may come in handy when asked. When not entertaining the delights of a university education she can be found employed in youth work across Leith. Cellist, traveller, music-lover and ray of sunshine; it’s all go at the moment.

Matthew McKenzie is a student studying his second year of HND Sound Production at Stow College in Glasgow. Matthew has been involved with youth work by volunteering in both Maryhill Parish Church and Ruchill Kelvinside Parish Church for many years and loves every part of the work he does. Matthew has also just become a member of the Priority Areas Committee and is looking forward to the work he can do with them. In his spare time Matthew enjoys playing guitar, singing and just having general banter with his friends.

Euan Patterson is a 23-year-old from Greenock and has this year left the University of Glasgow with a Diploma in Computing Science. Currently a part-time checkout operator at Morrisons, he is fervently seeking full-time employment. He has been involved with CoSY since the General Assembly of 2008 and will be the Moderator of the 2012 national youth assembly. He is most active in his local church as a youth leader for children aged 11 to 16. His interests include video games, reading, video blogging, and spending time with friends.

Colin Scott is 22 years old and the eldest of two sons. He has been a member of CoS since he was 18 and involved in NYA since he was 17. He studied Physics with Visual Simulation at University of Strathclyde. He enjoys destroying his hearing when playing in the heavy metal band, Dana O’Hara. Fixing and building things (especially guitars) is his primary hobby.

Laura-Jane Sinclair is 21 years old and in 3rd year of a 4 year course at Glasgow Caledonian University where she is studying microbiology. Although she enjoys this course, she also intends to go on and study psychology, specialising in child psychology. She is a member of Forth St Paul’s church and has been since she was 14. She is on the congregational board, but now sits on three different committees and volunteers with several children’s organisations; creche (under 3s), Breakfast Club (P7-S4 children), Holiday Jigsaw (the Sunday school during the school holidays) and holiday club. She is also a Warrant Officer with 1st Forth Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association, which is the BB company attached to Forth St Paul’s. She has been to 3 NYAs, the first being when she was only 16, and is looking forward to her remaining years at NYA. She still lives at home with her mum, dad and younger sister, which she loves, and travels between the three. In the time not taken up by church, university and travelling, she likes to read and write fanfiction and poetry and play computer games with her little sister. She is also teaching herself to play the flute.


NYA Representatives 2011

Helen Brannigan is a theology graduate living and working in Ruchill in Glasgow. She is an active memberof Ruchill Kelvinside Parish Church and works for the Greater Maryhill Outreach Project as their Tearoom manager and adult support worker. She also is involved in a voluntary aspect with Prison Fellowship Scotland and is on the board of trustees for the charity Reality. She is an avid sailer, kayaker and climber and is happiest in/on/around the water.

Sarah MacDonald is an opinionated MA English Literature and Philosophy student from Sunny Leith, now living in Edinburgh. Despite the move she is still a member of Leith St. Andrew’s Church – volunteering at the youth group, participating in delivering youth sermons and whatever else may come in handy when asked. When not entertaining the delights of a university education she can be found employed in youth work across Leith. Cellist, traveller, music-lover and ray of sunshine; it’s all go at the moment.

Lynsey Martin is currently in her final year as a student at the University of Dundee studying law. She has loved (almost) every minute of it and is hoping to go on to complete a Diploma in Legal Practice next year. She has grown up in Dundee, attends Barnhill St Margaret’s Church and was recently ordained as an elder there. She has been to many an NYA and has also been to GA for Dundee Presbytery. When she is not studying she enjoys swimming, reading, Tom Jones, playing the bassoon, piano, organ and unsuccessfully attempting to learn the guitar.

Amanda Philip is 21 and lives in Haddington with her husband and two kittens. She has been to each NYA since she was 16 and three General Assemblys. She works for the Church of Scotland social care arm, CrossReach, caring for the elderly. In her spare time she enjoys going to the cinema and visiting family.

Andrew Rooney is a 3rd year student studying Genetics at the University of Glasgow, from which he isn’t very sure he wants to do anything with that degree! Andrew is involved in numerous youthwork volunteering helping with the Reachout Trust on camps and also doing mission during the summer. Andrew is a keen cinema viewer and is a massive fan of all things music. He also enjoys seeing his friends and watching all kinds of sport including playing golf.

Kim Wood is currently Moderator of the NYA and loving it! She is from Glasgow and was involved in youth work and sports coaching there until moving to Dundee to study English, European Studies and French. She has been at many NYAs, at the GA as Youth Rep for Glasgow and then Dundee Presbyteries, and is currently on the Special Commission on Same-Sex Relationships and the Ministry. When the Commission allows her an inch of free time she enjoys a bit of running, youthwork, pilates, singing, Lego, reading, and Chris, who is a youth worker in Glasgow.

Other Youth Reps this year were Andrew Kimmitt, Barry McLaughlin and Esther Nisbett.

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