News November 2021

Head of Insight and Impact appointed

We are pleased to announce Zoë Ferguson’s appointment as the new Head of Insight and Impact of The Robertson Trust.

Zoë joins the Trust today (Monday, 1 November). Speaking about the appointment, our CEO, Jim McCormick, said: “We are delighted to welcome someone of Zoë’s expertise and experience to the team.

“As we move into the second year of our 2020-30 strategy, we see this exciting new role as key to how we work, enabling us to build an accurate picture of the difference our approach is helping to make across Scotland.

“As well as a proven track record in research, analysis and influencing decision making , Zoë will bring a wealth of knowledge to  our strategic areas of focus, particularly having recently served as a member of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission co-authoring its report.

“This is a pivotal moment for the Trust and I look forward to working with Zoë and drawing upon all our assets to realise the promise of our strategy.”

Zoë Ferguson added: “I’m proud to join The Robertson Trust as its first Head of Insight and Impact and look forward to contributing to the delivery of a bold and ambitious strategy.

“With poverty increasing and inequalities becoming ever more entrenched in communities across Scotland, the Trust’s role has never been more needed. By better understanding the impact of our work, we can ensure the Trust is directly affecting positive change and building its influence to transform the way we address poverty and trauma in Scotland.

“It’s an exciting challenge and I look forward to working with staff, trustees and partners to contribute to real and lasting change.”


Zoë Ferguson has over 25 years’ experience in roles spanning research, analysis and policy and across academic, public and third sectors.  She worked for the Scottish Government from 2000 to 2015 in a wide range of policy areas including education, lifelong learning, regeneration, economic development, culture and public service reform culminating in a two-year posting as the Chief Social Researcher. Since 2015 she has worked independently, among other things, developing work on kindness with the Carnegie UK Trust, contributing to thinking on enabling love in the care system for the Independent Care Review and serving on the Edinburgh Poverty Commission.