John McCluskie

What's your day job?

First Parliamentary Counsel for Scotland (Westminster 1989-1999; Edinburgh 1999-2005)

When did you become a Leuchie trustee?
February 2011

Why did you decide to become involved with Leuchie?
I started driving the Leuchie bus as a volunteer in 2007 when the House was being run by the MS Society. It was clear that Leuchie supplied an experience and a service that was needed and greatly valued by those who came to it. I was part of the Save Leuchie Campaign when in 2010 the MS Society decided to pull out. It seemed natural to accept an invitation to become a trustee when a new, local, successor charity was set up in 2011 to keep Leuchie going.

What do you do as a Leuchie trustee?
With my background as a lawyer, the less I have to do the better and, in that respect, business at Leuchie has been operating pretty smoothly recently. I am Leuchie's company secretary, a task that rests lightly on me because the in-house administration is very efficient.

What do I get out of it?
We all like to be useful, particularly to be of some help with a thoroughly worthwhile and highly valued service.

Tell us one thing about you that we probably wouldn't expect:
I hardly ever watch television.

If you could invite someone to Leuchie for afternoon tea, who would it be and why?
When it comes to watching TV, I make an exception for Barry Humphries. His spontaneous interactive humour would create a riot of laughter in Leuchie's Quiet Room.

If you could wave a magic wand, what would the Leuchie of the future be like?
Leuchie pretty much as it is now, but with its future funding secured.


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