Personal Information

  • Member for: Perthshire North
  • Party: Scottish National Party
  • Date of Birth: 13 April 1964

It is a great honour to represent the people of Perthshire North in the Scottish Parliament since 1999. Prior to my election here, I represented the constituency in Westminster after the 1997 General Election. I was elected to Parliament after many years of political activity having joined my Party at the age of 15. Before my election I had to juggle my political life with my professional job as a business consultant and a strategic planner for a major Scottish insurance company. Now I juggle political life with family life with my wife Elizabeth and my three children.

Personal Interests:
John enjoys life at home in Perthshire where his leisure interests include cycling, cooking and reading. Living at the very heart of his constituency makes John accessible for constituents.

Religious Affiliation:
Church of Scotland


    Forrester School, Edinburgh
    Edinburgh University - MA (Hons) in Politics

    Career History:

    Strategic planning principal Scottish Amicable
    Managing consultant Development Options Ltd
    Researcher, Scottish Coal Project, Napier University, Edinburgh

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