Lesley was elected to Fife Council in May 2012.
She was born and educated in Greenock and went on to study at James Watt College, Caledonian University & Napier University. Lesley is also a qualified Executive Coach.
Prior to being elected in 2012 Lesley worked in the electronic, semiconductor and financial service industries in a variety of senior human resources roles. Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge and practical real life experience to her Councillor role and puts it to good use for her constituents and the people of Fife.
Lesley was appointed Spokesperson for Economy & Planning in February 2013 and one year later was elected by her fellow Labour Councillors to the post of Deputy Leader.
Lesley also is a Board member of the Fife Economy Partnership, Business Gateway, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and a Trustee of the Muir Dean Trust. She is also Chair of TAYplan and sits on the SESplan planning committee. Lesley also attends COSLA and is a member of the East of Scotland Advisory Board.
Lesley was also previously Chair of the Council’s Corporate Parenting Board and maintains a strong interest in this area through her employability role.
Lesley is a member of the trade union, Unison.