Long-time peace activist and Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament administrator for 24 years, John Ainslie was one of the UK’s leading experts on Trident. He was often the first to be consulted with technical and strategic questions.

Before working for CND, John had two other very different careers: as an army officer in the security services in Northern Ireland and as a Church of Scotland minister. His deep concern about nuclear weapons led him first to be an activist and then to start working for Scottish CND in 1992 just as Trident was moving into Faslane.

He produced influential research reports as well as leading on the practical work in the campaign against Trident. No task was too small or too big.

What is 60 faces of CND?
2018 is the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Founded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War, CND has been a powerful collective voice against the dangers of nuclear weapons.

CND’s greatest strength has always been its members.
Incredible people have shaped our history,
our present and will continue to inspire in the future.

Here we take a look at 60 Faces of CND,
60 people who represent all the millions of people
who have campaigned for nuclear disarmament over the decades
and have made our organisation so remarkable.

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