Emma Walker - Spokesperson for Mental Health

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Emma is the prospective council candidate for Drum Brae Gyle ward in Edinburgh and spokesperson for Mental Health. 

After beginning her career in arts marketing, Emma went on to work in community engagement and developed a strong track record in leading grassroots campaigns to effect change. She specialised in equality and access for disabled people, and also worked with groups including families in poverty and people recovering from mental health issues.

Emma was appointed CEO of Craft Scotland in 2008, and led the transition from arts project status to a fully operational charity representing more than 2,000 Scottish small businesses and artists internationally. During this time Emma represented Scottish craft and design in the USA as a Scottish Cultural Ambassador. She also sat on the steering group which worked with the government during the transition from Scottish Arts Council to Creative Scotland.

After the birth of her son she became a campaigner against pregnancy and maternity discrimination, alongside running her freelance business. During this time she became a carer for both of her parents, experiencing firsthand the devastation that can occur when people don't receive the support that they need. 

Emma joined the Liberal Democrats in December 2017 and is passionate about encouraging people - particularly women - to get involved in politics at all levels. Her motivation for entering politics is to help the most vulnerable people in society and to give a voice to the unheard. 

Her motion calling for Scottish Government to invest in M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) led to Scottish Liberal Democrats being the first political party in the world to have such a motion. Emma has since joined the Scottish M.E Collaboration.

She is a representative for 50:50 Parliament and an ambassador for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. She is married with a young son.