Case Studies

Alan Thornburrow

"It helped shape my world view and give insight to issues I had previously been blind to."

Name: Alan Thornburrow


Position: Scotland Director


Company: Business in the Community


Industry: Not-for-profit


Programme and year attended: 2008, Meridian


Hometown (City, Country): Edinburgh, UK


  1. What are you most passionate about?
    Mobilizing action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I am particularly passionate about the climate crisis and the need for urgent action.

  2. What/who inspires you?
    Too many to number! Inspiration can be found almost anywhere. From people trying to change the world such as Greta Thurnberg to someone starting a couch to 5K. The important thing is that we try – I think that is what ultimately inspires me.

  3. Why did you choose to attend a Common Purpose programme?
    I was a relatively new CEO at the time and wanted to learn and meet others who were in a similar place. To this day I still remember many of the shared experiences we had, the leadership insights and deep dive’s into other sectors, geographies. It helped shape my world view and give insight to issues I had previously been blind to.