Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born at Stirling Royal Infirmary, I was also the heaviest baby of the family which you couldn’t guess from looking at me today! I grew up on our family farm which is just on the edge of the village of Arnprior (blink and you miss it)!
In common with many farming families in the area we have been here for many generations.
How long have you been a councillor?
I had the honour of being elected in May 2012, it has been a steep learning curve to say the least!
What attracted you to the role of councillor?
To be brutally honest I never expected to get elected, indeed there was a large amount of bemusement from both family and friends when they realised I was now their local representative.
Having said that I take my duties seriously and try to do my best for the local area.
What do YOU think are the three main issues facing people living and working in the area?
There are a huge number of issues facing rural Stirlingshire but if I had to pick three which are of strategic importance I would say – infrastructure upgrades (broadband and roads); provision of affordable housing (both to rent and buy); protecting services which rural people rely upon ie: transport and healthcare.
How do you like to spend your time outside work?
I have an issue with my work life balance as in reality I have two jobs both of which are time consuming – local councillor and farmer.
Any spare time I have I like to spend with friends, family or sightseeing.
What’s your ideal night out?
Good food, good company and a few drinks!
…and your idea of “night out hell”?
Bad food, bad company and no drinks!
Anything you’d like to say to G63.scot readers?
If there are any issues which you would like your local councillor to help out with please get in touch, the council deals with a wide range of functions from planning applications to promoting and supporting business and enterprise. Email me at email@example.com