Candidate for Clydebank & Milngavie
Hi, I'm Frank Bowles, standing for the Scottish Liberal Democrats and I have lived in the constituency for over 20 years. I’ve been married to Anne for nearly 27 years and we have two grown up children.
I’m a senior Learning and Development Manager with BT Consumer having had a long and varied career in the telecommunications industry. I graduated in engineering from the University of Dundee. I also practise professionally as a leadership coach.
I am passionate about education and developing people, my wife is a primary teacher, my son a recent graduate of the University of the West of Scotland and my daughter studies law in Aberdeen.
In my younger days I fought to retain decent grants for students and remain a passionate believer that everyone in Scotland should be able to be all that they can be. For that we need properly funded schools, college places restored and no fees for those going on to university. Willie Rennie’s plan to raise income tax by 1p will generate nearly half a billion pounds which would be spent on nothing other than our schools, colleges and nurseries.
Working with people in big companies I've seen too often the effects that work related stress can have on mental health. Like many people I've also had the sad experience of watching a parent retreat from the world with the onset of dementia.
Mental health problems touch most of us at some time in life yet if we are to be a mentally healthier country we need to sweep away stigmas attached to mental health and the NHS should treat it as it would any physical illness.
Over the next few weeks you’ll be able to read more about what I think on some of the big election issues of the day but I confess that I'm not a big fan of yah-boo politics.
Politicians should base themselves in their communities not at a posh Parliament… Of course they should be there when they need to but an MSPs job is to work for their constituents, providing a voice for them when they are having problems and being their champion to the Council or the Government.
Making things happen for people in need, championing their cause and banging on the doors of those in power is what I will do for you as an MSP whatever your views on the big issues of the day.