In my professional life I have been the Scottish director of three major charities over a 25 year period where I lead teams of staff to deliver campaigning, communication, policy, fundraising and services. At a national level I influenced and lead the implementation of NHS service change in diabetes and campaigned for the BSL Scotland Act which passed in 2015 and changes on policy development in dementia for older people. I was the media spokesperson in Scotland for all of these organisations. I have chaired and been a member of several Scottish charities both national and locally. Currently I am on the board of a charity that supports children and families in one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow. My journey in my career has given me the amazing opportunity to work with a cross section of Scottish society which has not only been a privilege but also given me insight to what matters to people and how they know what change is required to improve their lives.
I was a traditional Labour voter born in the Eastend of Glasgow and this gave me a basis for my passion that politics can be the key to positive change. I became an SNP voter 20 years ago when I realised that Labour at Westminster had left Scotland behind. I joined the SNP in 2014 after our referendum and offered my professional skills in campaigning to achieve Independence for Scotland. During the term of my membership I have been Women's and Equalities Officer at both branch and Constituency levels and a branch convenor for 3 years. In 2020 I was elected to SNP National Conference and Member Conduct committees.
I have now joined the Alba Party in order to advance the cause of Scottish independence by building a Supermajority within the Scottish Parliament this year.
I have two son and love spending time with my family and friends. My hobbies are my allotment and bee keeping.