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Paul Monaghan Interview

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Most Requested interview with Dr Paul Monaghan MP

The SNP's Dr Paul Monaghan MP came into the studios of Inverness Hospital Radio on Friday 23rd September 2016 to chat to Most Requested's Gerald Holdsworth and Graham Wilson, along with Musicality Show's Jennifer Holdsworth.

Dr Paul Monaghan lives in Ross-Shire with Stephanie and his daughter Sian. He was born in Montrose before moving to Inverness with his family when he was 2 years old. For the last 30 years he has lived in Contin.

Paul was educated at Inverness Royal Academy and at the University of Stirling where he gained a first class honours degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Ph.D. in Social Policy.

For his first degree he researched and reported on the sources of stress and the coping strategies deployed among the police officers and support staff of Northern Constabulary. For his Ph.D., which he undertook having won a prestigious Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering from the Economic and Social Research Council, he considered the role of Scotland’s largest voluntary organisation in the development and implementation of social policy, in Scotland, during the post-war period. Paul is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

As Director of the Highland Homeless Trust, Paul led and managed the delivery of specialist housing and social support services to vulnerable people across Highland. This role provided him with first-hand experience of the challenges faced by some of the most marginalised and deprived individuals in Scotland.

Paul is also very active in supporting a number of other voluntary organisations and partnerships including UHI North Highland College based in Thurso, which he joined in 2007 and where he is Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Paul also supported the Inverness MS Therapy Centre as a director and in recent years founded two charitable groups.

The first of these is ‘Food for Families’ based in Invergordon that provides food and basic living supplies to individuals and families that are struggling to make ends meet as a direct consequence of the austerity agenda imposed on the people of Scotland by the UK Government. The second is the ‘North Highland College Foundation’ based in Wick. The Foundation holds cash reserves of £1.25 million and was founded him and two colleagues to facilitate access to further and higher education across Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

Paul is a Member of the SSE Fairburn Windfarm Community Fund that distributes funding to local groups, projects and initiatives in and around Ross-Shire.

Within the Scottish National Party, which he first joined in 1994, Paul holds the positions of Organiser, Wester Ross Branch, and Convener, Highland Council Liaison Committee. He also founded ‘Yes Highland’ that campaigned successfully across Highland for a Yes vote in the referendum held on 18 September 2014.

Words taken from the SNP website

You can listen to the full interview here.

Drew and Paul returned on Christmas Day for a Christmas Special.

Paul's Webpage
Paul's page on the SNP Website