Personal Information

  • Member for: Orkney Islands
  • Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Date of Birth: 08 August 1967

I was originally elected as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney in May 2007. Born in Edinburgh, I was brought up in Orkney and attended Sanday Junior Secondary and Kirkwall Grammar School.

After working at Westminster and in Brussels for a number of years, I was appointed by former Deputy First Minister and Orkney MSP, Jim Wallace as a Special Adviser in 2002. This role involved advising Ministers across a range of policy areas, including enterprise, lifelong learning, agriculture, fisheries, environment and external affairs.

It is a privilege now to represent the place where I grew up. Orkney is made up of around 70 islands, 18 of which are inhabited. Described by the Lonely Planet as 'a glittering centrepiece in Scotland's treasure chest of attractions', Orkney is renowned for the quality of its food and drink, archaeological heritage and arts and crafts. It is an energy hub, with an established oil industry and world-class marine renewable test facilities, including the world's largest commercial wave farm.

    Education:

    Sanday Junior High School, Orkney
    Kirkwall Grammar School, Orkney
    Edinburgh University - Politics MA (Hons)

    Career History:

    2006-07 Self employed political consultant
    2005-06 Director, Greenhaus communications
    2002-05 Special Adviser to Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace MSP
    1996-02 Associate Director, APCO and APCO Europe
    1993-96 Account Executive, various EU public affairs consultancies
    1992-93 Trainee, European Commission (External Affairs directorate)
    1990-92 Researcher, Jim Wallace MP, House of Commons

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