Name: Alan Thornburrow
Position: Scotland Director
Company: Business in the Community
Programme and year attended: 2008, Meridian
Hometown (City, Country): Edinburgh, UK
"My Aha moment was doing Common Purpose Meridian over a decade ago and finding myself in Edinburgh Prison talking leadership challenges with the governor. It hit home to me how we all share very similar challenges in life and that by working together to learn and grow with each other, we are far more than the sum of our parts. I credit the role I am in today with my early engagement with Common Purpose and am eternally grateful as a result. I believe I've become a more socially and environmentally conscious leader by understanding the wider ecosystem around me and collaborating with partners I would never have thought of. To this day I often talk of leading beyond authority. Keep doing what you do, Common Purpose. Here's to the next 30 years."