I'm an Aberdonian born and raised. I was educated at Balmedie Primary School, Bridge of Don Academy and graduated in 2009 from the University of Aberdeen a First Class MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations.
I worked in retail and finance until in 2012 when I was elected to represent Hazlehead/Ashley/Queen’s Cross on Aberdeen City Council. During my time as a councillor, I led the way on delivering the Third Don Crossing, thereby taking forward a plan for over 2,000 new affordable homes. I also helped to strengthen Aberdeen’s links with Japan and lobbied to improve broadband across Aberdeen.
In June 2013 I was chosen as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate in the Aberdeen Donside by-election. I used this opportunity to campaign for improved infrastructure and a fairer share of funding for the City of Aberdeen. I consequently went on to stand in the 2015 General Election in Aberdeen South and in the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections in Aberdeen South and North Kincardine where I achieved a 19.4% swing and was elected to the Scottish Parliament via the regional list.
During my time at the Scottish Parliament, I was selected to serve on the Education and Skills Committee and as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party’s spokesman on Higher Education, Further Education, Science and Technology. I became a spokesman for the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 EU Referendum as one of the few pro-Brexit Members of the Scottish Parliament.
I was first elected in June 2017 as the Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South, beating the incumbent Callum McCaig, with 18,746 votes (42.1%) which was a 19.3% swing and a majority of 4,752. After my election as MP for Aberdeen South I was elected to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, a member of the Loan Charge APPG, Knife Crime APPG and the Oil and Gas APPG.
I stood down as the Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South at the 2019 General Election.