The SIF Board
Dr Willie Wilson is a pharmacy owner, retired academic and convener of NHSforYES.
Dr Ian Grant is a former Consultant Intensive Care Clinician and Anaesthetist.
Kenny is a Local Councillor on Angus Council and a retired farmer
Andrew is a lawyer and commercial director in the IT industry.
Elaine C Smith
Elaine is a Scottish comedian and actress. She is President of the Scottish Independence Convention.
George is an economist and journalist, and was previously MP for East Lothian.
Greg is a former academic, councillor and trade unionist
What’s the difference between SIF and SIC?
We’ve been asked this question directly and online - and the answer is important; both organisations need a continual flow of cash to keep functioning.
We at the Scottish Independence Foundation (SIF) have been up and running for since June 2018 and have already distributed around £60,000 to the Indy cause, by seeding projects like:
Lesley Riddoch's 'Nation' videos
Business for Scotland's Ambassador training scheme
AyeMail's distribution of 200 Indy Kits to local YES groups
Michael Gray's Scotia project
National YES Registry's Gatherings 1 & 2.
In many cases, our seed money has led to a crowdfunder which raised many times the amount given by SIF. Many local YES groups have been helped: from Peterhead to Pollok to Penicuik; others too many to list.
Although it was our firm belief that our first priority is to nurture the grass roots of the movement, we agree that we now need a coordinating body. Thus SIF provided substantial seed money to underpin the current Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) fundraiser campaign “www.ThisIsIt.scot”. SIF has already done some significant coordinating by pointing groups towards others trying to do similar things, allowing like-minded people to collaborate and avoiding wasteful duplication.
SIC will also do this and perform many other functions:
research to elucidate the factors which turn voters from NO to YES
research into what voters want an independent Scotland to look like
dealing with the media
rebutting false or scurrilous reports
acting as a resource Hub.
We at SIF look forward to close collaboration with SIC in the campaign to win our independence.