Liz Smith was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2007 as one of three Regional Conservative Members for Mid Scotland and Fife and she was re-elected in 2011. Since being elected, she has held responsibility within the party for Education and Lifelong Learning; in particular, leading the national debate about how to raise standards in our schools, how to reform school management, and how to put higher education on a sustainable footing for the future.
She was a member of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, was Chairman of the Cross Party Committee on Colleges and Universities and was also a member of the Cross Party Sports Committee at Holyrood as a result of her strong commitment to outdoor education and to developing more extra-curricular activities for all young people.
Liz lives at Madderty in South Perthshire. She was educated at George Watson’s College and holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Politics and a Diploma in Education from the University of Edinburgh.
She returned to George Watson’s College in 1983 to teach Economics and Modern Studies and in 1992 became a Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge whilst she undertook some academic research in politics. In 1998 she left teaching to work as Political Advisor to Sir Malcolm Rifkind and between autumn 2001 and autumn 2003 she was Head of the Chairman’s Office in Scottish Conservative Central Office.
Outside politics, Liz is a keen sportswoman with particular interest in cricket and hill-walking. She won seven caps with the Scottish Ladies’ Cricket XI, has completed all the Munros in Scotland, and has taken part in several mountaineering expeditions to the Alps and Himalayas.
Liz’s other interests include travel, photography, listening to classical music and cooking and writing (joint author of “Outdoor Adventures” published in October 2003 and the history of George Watson’s Ladies’ College published in autumn 2006).