Oonagh Aitken

Oonagh Aitken

President

Oonagh Aitken is the President of Volonteurope. She has been the Chief Executive of Volunteering Matters, the UK’s leading volunteering charity in policy and practice, since September 2014. Oonagh began her career in education, and after teaching for eight years she moved into local council, working in management roles within the Education Directorate of Strathclyde Regional Council and holding senior posts in Glasgow City Council and Fife Council. Her work with Local Government Association focused on improving Children’s Services and co-managing the Ageing Well programme. In the mid 2000s, she spent three years at McGill University School of Social Work, teaching social policy and conducting research in First Nations and Inuit communities. She also spent two years in Brussels as part of her role as European Liaison officer at Strathclyde Regional Council, and has considerable European and international experience. Oonagh holds a degree in Modern Languages, a Master’s in Educational Administration and a Master’s in Art History.