Dr Jacci Stoyle has lived in the West of Scotland for over two decades. Her career began in the NHS, where she was a Night Sister for five years. She then decided to teach and eventually became a Senior Lecturer in Further and Higher Education. During this time she wrote a textbook, ‘Caring for Older People; A Multicultural Approach’, and gained her MEd in Education at the University of Central England.
.She settled in Inverclyde in 1997 and successfully gained a First Class Honours Degree and a PhD at Glasgow University, before entering Prison Education. She worked at both HMP Barlinnie and HMP Greenock, where she managed the Learning Centre for eight years. Whilst at HMP Greenock, she raised £20,000 lottery funding and set up the first prison radio in a Scottish prison.
She was the Chair of a local Amnesty International group for nine years, where she took three motions on human trafficking issues to the national AGM, all of which were passed. She is the Representative of the Scottish Episcopal Church on the anti-trafficking group of the ecumenical organisation ACTS. She is also a member of the Cross Party Group for Human Trafficking and the Secretariat for the Cross Party Group for Commercial Sexual Exploitation in the Scottish Parliament. Dr Stoyle has three children and two grandchildren and lives in Port Glasgow.
She joined the Inverclyde Liberal Democrat Party in 2016 and stood for Ward 1 in the Council elections in 2017, campaigning for the brown site at Spango Valley to be used for a Scottish Film Studio.
Other campaigning issues have included saving the Dry Dock at Inchgreen, fighting to keep the facilities at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital and saving the jobs at Ferguson’s. After becoming the Social Affairs spokesperson for the Inverclyde group, she organised a Fringe meeting on human rights issues at the 2018 Aviemore Spring Conference. Following this up, she took a motion on commercial sexual exploitation to the 2019 Hamilton Spring Conference. Shortly, after that she was shortlisted for the European elections. In April 2019, Jacci was selected as the Inverclyde Liberal Democrat candidate for the Westminster parliamentary elections. She stood in the 2019 General Election and had the best result in a decade.
She was selected as the local party’s candidate for the Holyrood elections in the late Spring of 2020 and shortlisted for the West of Scotland List seat in August 2020.