Sandy brings a wealth of experience in governance, strategic planning and organisational development from her previous employment at Amnesty International, NHS Hammersmith & Fulham, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the World Bank, amongst others. She holds Masters degrees from the universities of Oxford, Harvard and London (School of Oriental and African Studies). Sandy was brought up in London and splits her time between there and South Uist. Her interests include writing poetry (she won the Wigtown Poetry prize in 2013) and singing, composing and arranging music; she is a former conductor of London Gaelic Choir and plays the clàrsach. She is a fluent learner of Gaelic, having come to it through a love of its poetry and music. She joined the Board in 2011.