About us

The first Women’s Institute was formed in Scotland in Longniddry, East Lothian in 1917. With our office in Edinburgh, 29 Federations and 500 groups across Scotland we are proud to bring women together across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Our vision is for all women to find opportunities with the Scottish Women’s Institutes, an internationally recognised and well-respected membership organisation that is ambitious, relevant, and inclusive.

Scottish Women's Institutes has a rich history across Scotland’s communities, promoting education and connecting women locally and nationally to improve their quality of life through friendship, education, sharing and having fun.

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Vision

All women can find opportunities with Scottish Women’s Institutes, an internationally recognised and well-respected membership organisation that is ambitious, relevant, and inclusive.

Our Mission

Scottish Women's Institutes have a rich history across Scotland’s communities, promoting education and connecting women locally and nationally to improve their quality of life through friendship, education, sharing and having fun. 

Our Aims

  • Build inclusive, diverse communities for women and girls
  • Advance education and skills
  • Provide a platform for social activities and networking
  • Promote the preservation and development of our cultural heritage
  • Campaign and work with like-minded organisations at home and abroad

Board and Staff

The Board of trustees makes decisions on members' behalf. All are volunteers and act in the best interest of the organisation to ensure it is sustainable for future generations to enjoy and benefit from. 

  • Mary Burney - National President 
  • May Tosh - National Treasurer 
  • Anne Kerr
  • Karen Johnson 
  • Joan Hutchinson
  • Linda Riddell
  • Susie Finlayson
  • Jane Hogg
  • Linda McTurk
  • Sybil Stuart

Staff Team:


Our Constitution

The SWI have a formal Constitution which was amended and agreed in 2019, however the constitution is currently under review to future proof the organisation.

If you have any queries, please contact us at hello@theswi.org.uk

SWI Constitution (under review)

SWI Strategy 2024-2026

Board of Trustees Terms of Reference

Finance Committee Terms of Reference

National Committees - Trophies

Guidelines for setting up a new Institute/Group


Press & Media

For any media or press inquiries, please contact us on 0131 285 7114 or hello@theswi.org.uk