Michael_CookThis week we've been delighted to welcome Michael Cook into the SU Scotland family as he started his role as the new, long-awaited Centre Director at Lendrick Muir.

Michael's responsibilities will include managing the large team of staff and volunteers at Lendrick Muir - providing leadership and support, including spiritual and pastoral care. There is also an important strategic element to this role in developing the vision and strategy for Lendrick Muir, acting as an ambassador for SU Scotland and supporting the wider leadership.

About Michael...

Michael came to personal faith as a teenager and soon helped start a CU in his school. Early experiences of mission included joining a summer team with Operation Mobilisation in Germany and taking a year out as a youth worker in Cumbria.

After studying History at the University of York, Michael did what any self-respecting history graduate would do - he became an accountant! He worked for just over a decade in risk management and finance, first with PricewaterhouseCoopers and then with Prudential. During this time he developed many business skills which will be invaluable in this role.

Late in 2006 Michael experienced a strong call to Christian service which led him to join Mission Africa as Executive for Scotland the following year. During trips to Africa, he was both encouraged and challenged by the growth of the African Church - in contrast to Scottish churches which had very few young people in them, if any at all!

This urgent challenge to connect with Scotland's youth has led Michael to Scripture Union Scotland.

Michael is married to Helen and their son Sam was born in 2004. They are committed members of Stirling Baptist Church and they live in the small village of Menstrie.

"I am really looking forward to joining Scripture Union Scotland and the team at Lendrick Muir in seeking to reach the children and young people of Scotland in a vibrant and relevant way with the Good News of Jesus." Michael
"We are delighted that Michael is joining us and look forward to all that will be accomplished under his leadership." Christine Murison, Director of Centres and Holidays