Team out in Glasgow

Our Team

Amanda Burgauer was appointed by the Common Weal Board as part-time Director in 2021.  She is a serial entrepreneur and committed community activist with broad experience in both private companies and charities.

Cristina Ertze is our Creative Coordinator. Originally from Mexico she graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design and worked in filmmaking in Hollywood and Mexico. She later studied a postgraduate degree at Edinburgh College of Art and has since made Scotland her home.

Craig Dalzell is Head of Policy & Research and has been part of the team since 2016 though he supported Common Weal literally since day one. His background is in laser physics but through a strange series of events after the 2014 independence referendum he found himself in the world of politics, economics and statistics. He lives in rural Clydesdale with his partner, two cats and a wee garden where they try to put some of our policies into practice.

Kaitlin Dryburgh is our Policy Communications Coordinator. She is tasked with taking complex policy documents and breaking them down into easily understood priorities and actions. She’s also a fully qualified swimming instructor so no worries about her getting out of her depth!

Nicola Biggarstaff is our Policy Coordinator and was one of the lucky 16-17 year-olds who got to cast their very first vote at the 2014 Independence Referendum. With a degree in History with Politics, and a Masters in Diplomacy and International Security, Nicola will be liaising with our Working Groups as a core member of the policy team.

Robin McAlpine is the founder of Common Weal and now our Head of Strategic Development. He has worked for 25 years in journalism, public affairs, political strategy and policy. He writes for a wide range of sources on Scottish politics and is the author of several books.

Rory Hamilton is Common Weal’s part-time Social Media Coordinator. A Politics graduate from the University of Bath, now studying in Glasgow, Rory is passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of people in Scotland, especially in representing rural and young people’s issues.

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