I'm Robin McAlpine and I'm Director of Common Weal. I started out as a journalist and over the last 20 years have worked in political media relations, parliamentary relations, publishing and policy development. I was very deeply involved in the referendum campaign and my eyes were opened to what a truly participatory democracy would look like. I am over the moon to have been able to appoint such a wonderful team and we all look forward to making change happen.
Tiffany worked for big businesses for years before realising that she had to turn her life around and change direction. Fascinated by human behaviour, society and culture, she returned to university to study sociology and social anthropology. She describes this as undoubtedly the best move she ever made. Heavily influenced by the Common Weal vision she carried out research for her dissertation on the transformation of the people of Scotland during the referendum. Thrilled to now be a part of the team Tiffany is committed to doing everything she can to play her part in shaping Scotland's future.
Administration & Communications Officer and Artist in Residence
Lorna joined the team in May 2018 and is loving her Common Weal responsibilities including campaign design work and her weekly political cartoon for CommonSpace. She has cartooned for a number of on line and print publications such as Private Eye and The Guardian. Lorna has been an activist since 2012, producing artwork and supporting environmental and local campaigns in England and Scotland. On Saturday nights she loves to dance to Northern Soul music at various clubs in Glasgow.
Head of Research
Craig is Common Weal's Head of Policy & Research and has been part of the team since 2016. His background is in laser physics but through a strange series of events after the 2014 independence referendum he found himself in the world of politics, economics and statistics. His hobbies include playing the tuba and practicing archery but you'd never believe him if he listed all of them.
My name is Jonathon Shafi. I have been involved in campaigns against war, austerity and for independence. I am co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign and write on Scottish and international politics for a range of outlets.
Editor of CommonSpace
Hi I'm Ben, the editor of CommonSpace, the digital media site funded by Common Weal. I was a journalist at CommonSpace from January-July 2015, then co-ordinating policy work at Common Weal until April 2018, before becoming editor of the site. I'm always interested in feedback and ideas about CommonSpace, so please do get in touch by emailing.
My name's Caitlin Logan and I'm a journalist with CommonSpace based in Glasgow. I am particularly interested in issues around equalities and human rights and I volunteer with the feminist organisation The Young Women's Movement. Previously, I worked in a varied mix of roles in the third and public sectors, including research, data analysis and even assessing funding applications. I made the leap to CommonSpace in August 2017 because of my passion for writing and for shining a light on the issues and voices which are underrepresented in the mainstream.
Alasdair joined CommonSpace in January after working as a freelancer whilst he undertook his journalism training. Before this, he worked in politics. Alasdair enjoys interviewing; reporting on power, politics and the media as well as workers’ rights and democratic reform. Got a story? Email:
Parliamentary Reporter, CommonSpace
Sean Bell has been a writer and a journalist for almost 10 years; he is otherwise completely unemployable. His work has appeared in the Herald, the Sunday Herald, the National, the Scottish Review of Books, Conter, Jacobin and Telesur. He lives in Edinburgh (which belongs to him) with two cats (who belong to no one).