Alex was born and raised in the small village of Borve on the west side of the Isle of Lewis, where his family have lived since the clearance of the nearby Galson estate in 1863. He is a fluent native Gaelic speaker.
Alex was educated at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway and University of Edinburgh where he was awarded an Honours BSc Degree in Physics.
A Chartered Accountant, he has lived in Inverness since 1979. Alex has worked in various finance positions and is currently employed by the Gaelic language agency Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
A long-standing Liberal, he has been involved in some capacity in almost every election for over 30 years. Alex served as Liberal councillor for the Kinmylies ward on Inverness District Council from 1980 to 1996, retiring at the 1996 re-organisation due to family and work commitments. He was elected to Highland Council in 2007, one of three members for Inverness West ward which includes the Kinmylies area which he formerly represented on the District Council. Alex was re-elected in May 2012 and again in May 2017, topping the poll in the ward in both of these elections.
Alex served as Provost of Inverness from 2012 to 2015, having previously served as a Depute Provost from 2008 until 2012.
In addition to local government, Alex has a wide variety of interests including the Gaelic language and culture, computing, local history, and is a keen supporter of the local Inverness Caledonian Thistle football club.
Alexs key issues and concerns:
- Representing Inverness West ward effectively;
- Improved local transport links and facilities ;
- Protecting green spaces and enhancing recreational facilities;
- Maintaining the high standards of local schools;
- Keeping local residents informed with regular newsletters.