Following his election as an MSP, he became SNP Business Convenor Chairman of the Party), responsible for chairing Conference, the National Executive and the management and administration of the party. Elected to Renfrewshire Council in 1999 at the age of 21 he was the youngest male Councillor in Scotland at the time.
Elma Murray is currently the Chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) in Scotland. Elma has a strong interest in change and how to work effectively across public sector boundaries.In her spare time Elma enjoys skiing, walking and travelling.
Rosemary Agnew was appointed as Scottish Information Commissioner on 1 May 2012 for a fixed term of six years.
Rosemary holds a Masters in Business Administration (dist) from Manchester Business School.
As Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary is responsible for the enforcement and promotion of Scotland's freedom of information law. He is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and has a post graduate qualification in community education.
He advises a wide range of public sector clients and those engaging with the public sector on all aspects of procurement law (both contentious and non-contentious), corporate structuring and collaborations, contracting and grant matters, public administrative law, governance and state aid. Robin's background also includes significant experience in advising clients on European law, competition law and regulatory law.


He also advises a large number of charities and third sector clients and those engaging with the third sector in relation to: charity law and regulation (including advising on regulatory investigations), governance, formation and structuring, contracting and community renewables.
Richard has extensive public sector management experience initially working with both Sheffield City Council and Harrogate Borough Council where he had the opportunity to be involved in the development and delivery of international events such as the World Student Games, whilst also experiencing the changing landscape of local government Leisure and Sport Services within a Compulsive Competitive Tendering environment.
In 2000, he moved to Scotland and joined Dumfries and Galloway Council where he now has a wider portfolio responsibility for a range of Community Services.
Richard is committed to continuing professional development and has recently completed a post graduate qualification in Organisational Development and Leadership. On a personal level, Richard is married and has two children, his daughter is undertaking a degree in Dance at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland and his son attends Northwood School, Lake Placid, USA on a Sports Scholarship programme.
As Chief Executive and head of paid service in the council he is responsible for carrying out the agreed policies of the council and the overall management of council services.
He won three successive ward elections, to become Leader of Renfrewshire Council in May 2007, taking the SNP from opposition to lead the administration for the first time. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council in September 2009, Elma held a number of senior positions at Strathclyde Police, North Ayrshire Council and Glasgow City Council.Her professional background is in Information Technology but after 30 years in local government she has a wide-ranging knowledge of local government services. She previously held the posts of Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and Assistant Ombudsman at the Local Government Ombudsman, and so is familiar with operating within a regulatory environment. She has a keen interest in developing a framework of continuous improvement of public authority FOI practice during her term of office.


Since then he has held various positions, including Convenor of the Airdrie Local Area Partnership and Vice Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. He has also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead on a number of significant Leisure and Sport capital development projects. More recently he has been responsible for developing a new Dumfries and Galloway joint Health and Wellbeing Unit in partnership with the NHS and he is also the Council’s lead Officer in relation to the Community Safety agenda.
He is the principal policy and management adviser to the council, chairs the Corporate Management team and is the first point of contact with the Scottish Government, regulatory bodies and partner public bodies, such as NHS Forth Valley, Police Scotland, University of Stirling, Forth Valley College and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Her extensive public sector experience (which has ranged from policy and business development to complaints handling) includes managing authority compliance with freedom of information laws.
She considers that the statutory obligation of FOI can also be an enabler for authorities in terms of both effectiveness and transparency: FOI is the key to many rights and freedoms in our society and also a significant driver to good public authority practice.
He was also previously chair of the Paisley Vision Board and Renfrewshire's Fairtrade Steering Group. She has first-hand experience of leading the development of an open culture in a Scottish public authority essential, in her view, to achieving FOI compliance.



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