Lord McConnell Joins Reform Scotland
Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale is to become the new chair of think tank Reform Scotland.
The former First Minister takes over from Alan McFarlane, who steps down after seven years chairing the independent, non-partisan, Edinburgh-based think tank.
Reform Scotland, which was set up in 2008, is Scotland’s leading think tank, and works to promote increased prosperity, a positive climate for entrepreneurs and innovators, reform and modernisation of public services, a widening of opportunity for all, compassion for those who slip through the cracks, and greater courage and appetite for risk among policy-makers. It enjoys strong and constructive relationships across the political spectrum.
Biography – Rt Hon Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale
Jack McConnell was First Minister of Scotland 2001-2007, UK Special Representative for Peacebuilding 2008-2010, and he has been a member of the UK House of Lords since 2010.
Lord McConnell is Chancellor of the University of Stirling, Chair of the McConnell International Foundation, Chair of the SSE Renewables Sustainable Development Fund, Deputy Chair of the UK/ Japan 21st Century Board, and a global adviser to PwC. He is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals, Chair of the International Peacebuilding Awards and an adviser to the Bangsamoro peace process in the Philippines.
Jack has served with many organisations supporting vulnerable young people and is currently Vice President of UNICEF UK and a Trustee of youth mentoring charity MCR Pathways. He has a keen interest in sport, now serving as Honorary President of Scottish Athletics and Chair of the Commonwealth Games Scotland Endowment Fund.
From 1999 to 2011, Jack McConnell was an elected Member of the Scottish Parliament. He was Minister for Finance from 1999-2000 and Scotland’s Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs 2000-2001. He represented Scotland internationally and in 2004 he was President of the Conference of European Legislative Regions.
Jack McConnell was born in Irvine in 1960, and grew up on a sheep farm on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. He graduated in Mathematics and Education from the University of Stirling before working as a High School Mathematics teacher for a decade. He was Stirling Council Leader 1990-1992, a Member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention 1989-1998 and General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party 1992-1998.
Lord McConnell enjoys live music, gardening, and sports. He is married to Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life. They have one daughter , one son, and four grandchildren.