It is time to stand up and speak up for what you care about which is why I am standing for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2021. I am privileged to be the candidate for the constituency of Perthshire South and Kinross-shire.
I joined the party in 2019 and have been delighted by the welcome that I have been given. I serve on the policy committee and have contributed to the development of our manifesto for this year's campaign.
People tell me they want politicians who are more like them, who have worked outside politics, have experience of business and are genuinely interested in helping make the world a better place. This is me.
My career to date has been spent working in or supporting the science sector. I have started businesses, helped raise funds for companies and projects and set up operations overseas. I recently led the work of Scottish Enterprise in partnership with industry to successfully grow life sciences and high value manufacturing in Scotland. I am privileged to be on the Board of two charities who are working with refugees and young people at risk of homelessness.
My passion is enabling opportunity for all. As a parent of three students, I am a firm believer that education provides a lifetime of opportunity. Young people should be properly supported to develop broad ranging skills, confidence and most importantly, their ambition. Just before COVID I started a mobile coffee business so that in future I can provide youngsters with an opportunity to develop skills.
Having a reason to get up in the morning, to provide for yourself and your family, to feel valued and to contribute to your community. These are the goals for anyone I have met be they refugees, youngsters worried about their future or the lonely older generation. Our economy is shrinking and the well-being of our people is amongst the worst in Europe so we must redouble our efforts to enable people to access work. I believe the Scottish Liberal Democrats can lead this effort.
Rural Scotland has been a fantastic home for my family. My conversations with local land users and land owners have highlighted real concerns that climate change brings for the countryside. We must reduce our negative impacts on the world by working in partnership with those who manage the land.
Please contact me if you would like to talk further.
Thank you for your interest and support