|Specialist areas:||Local government and religion|
|Skills:||Set piece speeches, facilitating conferences and platform conversations, managing difficult discussions|
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Ewan Aitken has managed to combine a career at the top of local government with his vocation as a Church of Scotland minister.
Ewan is now as head the Church and Society department of the Church of Scotland but he used to be the Labour leader of the City of Edinburgh Council.
He also has a passion for education. For six years he was the education convener in Edinburgh and was CoSLA spokesperson on education from 2003-6.
But, as well as his extensive local government experience, Ewan has done a great deal of work in the third sector, having founded several charitable organisations and advised others. Ewan is determined to bringing the questions of ethics and first principles back to the heart of decision-making in political and civic society.
He has also been a columnist, television presenter and the writer of a wide range of articles for national and specialist press.
He is a member of the Iona Community.