I was born in Motherwell and attended school in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. I was elected as a councillor for Wishaw ward from 2007-2012. I became a Central Scotland Region MSP in 2011 and the Constituency MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw in 2016.
Prior to entering the world of politics I worked in the IT Sector after studying for my degree in Computer Information Systems at Glasgow Caledonian University.
On a personal note, I enjoy folk music, reading and the theatre.