Alison McInnes OBE FRSA has been a member of the Scottish Parliament since 2007, representing the North East of Scotland Region.
Since 2011 Alison has been the Liberal Democrats’ Justice Spokesperson and a member of both the parliament’s Justice Committee and its Sub-Committee on Policing. Her work was recognised recently when she was awarded the accolade of Committee MSP of the year in the Herald’s Scottish Politician of the Year Awards.
She is also her party’s Business Manager and a member of the Parliamentary Bureau.
She is the Deputy Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Human Rights and a Council member of Justice Scotland.
During the 2007 - 2011 parliament, she was the Liberal Democrats' spokesperson for Transport, Local Government and Climate Change, and was a member of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee. There, she played a key role in the passing of the world-leading Climate Change (Scotland) Act; the committee's work on which saw them awarded the Shackleton Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
Prior to her election to the Scottish parliament, Alison served as a local Councillor for 15years.
She was first elected to serve on Gordon District Council in 1992, going on to serve as a councillor on Aberdeenshire Council from 1995 – 2007. During that time she became one of Aberdeenshire's most senior councillors, chairing its Infrastructure Services Committee for 8 years. She also chaired Nestrans - the Regional Transport Partnership for North East Scotland.
Alison is a keen European and for many years played a key role in the North Sea Commission, as chair of its Sustainable Development Group.
Alison has a strong interest in bringing about social change and was delighted to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Advancement of Arts in 2008.
Alison was awarded an OBE for public and political service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2013.
Away from politics, Alison is a keen follower of the Arts, from literature through to the performing arts. She also has an interest in architecture and, when she has the time, enjoys gardening.