Leader of Orkney Islands Council. Leader of the Independent group of Councillors at COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities). First elected to Council in 2003. Chair of Economic Development from 2005 to 2007, and served as Vice Convener from 2007 to May 2012. Chair of the Development and Infrastructure Committee 2012 to 2017. During this period I was Chair of HiTrans - Highlands and Islands Transport partnership. I have a background in family business - I was an Executive Director of Todds in Orkney. Born and bred and still living in Stromness, I am married with two grown-up children. I feel my role as a Councillor is to be the interface between the community and the Council, to help deliver community benefit and excellent services for my constituents.
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Good conversation. Escaping to the seclusion of my retreat in Rackwick, Hoy. Involved in the Stromness Baptist Church.
Roaming the corridors of OIC challenging and encouraging officers.
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