- Member for: Almond Valley
- Party: Scottish National Party
- Date of Birth: 15 July 1970
Welcome to the Scottish Parliament website. It's an honour and privilege to represent the Almond Valley Constituency, particularly as I was born, raised and educated in West Lothian. I became MSP for this constituency following the election on 5 May 2011, having previously represented the Livingston constituency between 2007-11.
The Almond Valley constituency covers Addiewell, Bellsquarry, Bents, Breich, East Calder, Fauldhouse, Kirknewton, Livingston, Loganlea, Longridge, Mid Calder, Polbeth, Pumpherston, Seafield, Stoneyburn, Uphall, West Calder and Wilkieston.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any assistance. I will do my best to help in any way I can.
Prior to my election in May 2007 I worked as a social worker / mental health officer and was a local councillor in Livingston. I am now a mother of one son and I am enjoying immensely the challenges of motherhood and politics.
Jogging - fun runs, including marathons.
1982-86: West Calder High School
1986-87: Bo'ness Academy
1988-91: University of Glasgow
1995-96: West Lothian College
1996-98: University of Stirling
1988: Bank of Scotland
1991-1992: President of Glasgow University Student's Representative Council
1992-1993: NWS Bank
1993-1996: Ark Housing Association
1998-1999: Social Worker - Clackmannanshire Council (Prison Based)
1999-2001: Social Worker - Perth and Kinross Council (Prison Based)
2001-2007: Social Worker - The State Hospital (Mental Health Officer)
1997-2007: Elected Member of West Lothian Council
2007 - 2011: MSP for Livingston
2007-10: Convener, Scottish Commission for Public Audit
2007-10: Parliamentary Liaison Officer to Kenny MacAskill as Cabinet Secretary for Justice
2010-11: Scottish National Party Depute Whip
2010-11: Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning
2011: Minister for Children and Young People
2011-14: Minister for Youth Employment
2014 - present: Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning