Each year a young adult is selected to take on the role of National Youth Assembly Moderator. The role involves chairing the discussions that take place at that years NYA event, collating a record of the event and producing a report for the General Assembly.
Throughout the year the Moderator works with the team of youth reps to explore how the discussions will be followed up and the voice of young people can be heard throughout the year. They also represent the NYA at various events and encourage young people to take an active role in the National Councils and Committees of the Church. Each Moderator takes on the role at an NYA event and holds it for the following year until the next person takes over at the next NYA event.
Since 2013 another person has been selected to take on the role of clerk serving alongside the Moderator. While primarily a supportive role, the clerk is just as vital to proceedings and offers those whose leadership skills are best utilised behind the scenes rather than upfront an opportunity to be involved.
NYA Moderator - Andrew MacPherson
Andrew is a member of Broxburn Parish Church and a Boys Brigade officer who works in banking as a change analyst. He has visited Romania twice on mission work where he spent time with disadvantaged children in rural areas, bringing them the message of the Bible and the hope and joy that it brings.
Andrew also represents the National Youth Assembly as a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
When he's not busy with his work and volunteer activities, Andrew enjoys watching football and supports his local team Livingston. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf.
Andrew says "I'm delighted to have been given the honour of being Moderator of the National Youth Assembly for the coming year and I cannot wait for it to begin. I know I have an excellent team behind me including my clerk Lyndsay, who— I'm sure—will play an integral part in the success of the year.
"This year will be the chance for me to take forward the great discussions that will take place at this year's Assembly and it is exciting to think of the potential impact these could have.
"I am sure it will be a challenging year in many ways, but rewarding in so many more, I couldn't think of a more supportive group to have with me, nor can I wait to see the other work that goes on alongside us throughout the whole Church of Scotland.
"As the first male moderator for a few years, one of my aims is to try and boost the number of guys we have at the assembly, the balance has not been near equal in recent years and I would see that as a great achievement if I could bring this tighter.
"It's easy to see the impact that one congregation can have in its local community, and I cannot wait to see the impact that the Church of Scotland has nationwide. It is something I have some idea of, but getting to know everything that is going, will put it in perspective I'm sure. Hopefully I will see you in August."
Clerk - Lyndsay Kennedy
A Registered Veterinary Nurse, Lyndsay grew up in Kintore Parish Church in Aberdeenshire where she was a junior Church leader for several years before moving to Edinburgh. Now a member of Greenbank Parish Church, Lyndsay belongs to the Guild, the choir and the praise band. She sits on the Congregational Board and is one of the youth group leaders. When she's not busy with her work and Church activities, Lyndsay enjoys cooking, baking, knitting and music.
Lyndsay says "Since attending my first NYA in 2007 and finding fellowship and friendship I haven't missed one yet. Over the last few years I've really enjoyed supporting other delegates as a small group leader. This will be my 10th and final NYA and I'm really looking forward to being clerk and playing my part in creating an inclusive, engaging event for other young adults."
Previous NYA Moderators
- Hannah Mary Goodlad (2015-2016)
- Rachel Hutcheson (2014-2015)
- Lynsey Martin (2013-2014)
- Euan Patterson (2012-2013)
- Amanda Phillip (2011-2012)
- Kim Wood (2010-2011)
- Iain McLarty (2008-2010)
- Catriona Muckart (2015-2016)
- John Haston (2014-2015)
- Esther Nisbet (2013-2014)