Professor in Scottish Culture & Governance at the University of Glasgow.
President @theSNP Hon President, The European Movement in Scotland Patron, National Adult Learners Forum
Writer and Commentator
MSP for Argyll & Bute (2011-2021) , previously MSP for the South of Scotland Region (1999-2003 & 2007-2011). Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe & External Affairs, (17 Feb 2020 - 19 May 2021) Cabinet Secretary for Government Business & Constitutional Relations (26th June 2018 - 17th Feb 2020) , Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, ( 25th August 2016 - 26th June 2018) , Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, (2009-14) ,Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution (2009), Minister for Environment (2007-09).
Convenor Scottish Parliament Finance & Constitution Committee June - August 2016.
SNP Parliamentary Business Manager (1999-2000). Shadow Minister for Children, Education & Culture (2000-03) .
Honorary Professor in the College of Arts, The University of Glasgow from 1st February 2017. Professor in Scottish Culture & Governance, The University of Glasgow 15th May 2015 to 1st September 2016.
SNP Chief Executive (1994-99) , Director Eala Bhan Ltd (1991-2009)), Executive Director Network Scotland Ltd (1983-91) , Founder & First Director, Celtic Media Festival (1980-83), Director Cinema Sgire (1977-81) Creative Producer, Church of Scotland (1974-77).
Educated at the University of Edinburgh (MA 1970-74), & The Marr College , Troon (1964-70).
Born Bromley, Kent, August 1953
Former TV Producer, Author of seven books including one novel