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SYP Head of Participation and Programmes Rosy Burgess smiling overlooking water

Rosy Burgess

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Head of Participation and Programmes


Rosy is SYP’s Head of Participation and Programmes, she leads the team working on SYP’s participation, training, elections, events, and project work.

I’ve been at SYP since 2013 – I started out as the Events Officer, running SYP’s national Sittings, and in 2015, my role changed to Events and Campaigns Officer, where I was leading on SYP’s campaigns as well as national events. In 2022, I became Governance and Events Manager, leading on SYP’s events and elections, which I did for a year until I was promoted to Head of Participation and Programmes in August 2023. Before I came to SYP, I worked in Human Resources for a student union for three years, and had various hospitality jobs since I was at high school.

I love learning, and have recently finished a BA (Hons) in International Studies, which I’ve been studying part time since 2015. I also have a Masters degree in Human Resource Management, and a BSc in Ecological Sciences (Conservation Management), but working at SYP has cemented my passion for youth voice, so I’m hoping to start studying for a Masters degree in youth participation in 2023 – one day, I hope to do a PhD too!

I love crafts, particularly crocheting and craftivism, and I am a big fan of exploring new places. If I can combine travel and crafts, even better! I bought a new (old!) flat in January 2023, which I’m currently renovating, so I’m also obsessed with Pinterest boards, paint colours, and furniture shopping!

I have been a member of Girlguiding since I was five, and I’ve been volunteering as a leader my whole adult life. I currently run Brownies and Guides units in Edinburgh, working with girls and young women aged 7 – 14.

My absolute favourite films are the Jurassic Park / World movies – I love dinosaurs, and my most recent birthday was dinosaur themed!