MIchael Russell 


Professor in Scottish Culture & Governance at the University of Glasgow. 

President @theSNP 
Hon President, The European Movement in Scotland
Patron, National Adult Learners Forum 
Patron, The Burgh Hall, Dunoon 

Writer and Commentator

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MIchael Russell 


Professor in Scottish Culture & Governance at the University of Glasgow. 

President @theSNP 
Hon President, The European Movement in Scotland
Patron, National Adult Learners Forum 
Patron, The Burgh Hall, Dunoon 

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 

Married and lives in rural Argyll.