About

findlay_nation.jpgBorn: Bangour Hospital 1969

Married:to Fiona with one daughter, Chloe

Lives: Fauldhouse, West Lothian

Education: St Kentigern’s Academy Blackburn

Further Education: West Lothian college

Higher Education: BA Geography and Politics Strathclyde University, PGCE Glasgow University

Employment history: On leaving school - apprentice and tradesman bricklayer with father’s small business before returning to education full time. On graduating worked as a housing officer then Senior Housing officer with Housing Association and local authority sector. Returned to education, training as a teacher working for 8 years in schools and colleges in the Falkirk area.

Voluntary work: Founding member and director of Fauldhouse community development trust, former community councillor and member of various community organisations

Hobbies/free time: cooking, enjoying my garden, cycling, socialising with friends (going for a pint)

Political career: joined the Labour party following the Miners’ strike and during the poll tax. Served in almost every post at a local level in a voluntary capacity. Worked very closely with Tam Dalyell during his time as Linlithgow MP. Member of the EIS teaching union. Elected to West Lothian Council in 2003 and in 2007 topped the poll in the Breich Valley ward election.

Parliamentary career: elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2011 as an MSP for the Lothian region, re-elected in 2016.

2011-2013 Served as the Education and culture committee Deputy Convener.

2012-2013 Shadow Minister for Skills and Learning

2013- 2014 Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

Jan 2015 - April 2015 Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Fair work skills and training

May 2016 - Present Chair of the health and sport Committee

Named ‘Community Politician of the Year’ at the 2015 Scottish Politician of the year awards.

Member of UNITE the Union, The Educational institute for Scotland and Scottish CND.

Political interests: the economy, housing, the environment, local government, community development