Educated at Glasgow University, Liz taught in Further and Higher education for most of her earlier career, before being elected to Glasgow District Council in 1992.
She served as Vice Chair of the Council’s Women’s Committee and of the Arts and Culture Committee before being appointed Convener of Cultural and Leisure Services. During this time she played a major role in securing lottery funding for the hugely successful Kelvingrove Art Gallery refurbishment programme and for the City Halls renovation.
Liz became Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow from 2003 — 2007. During that time she helped to raise the City’s profile nationally and internationally. During her term of office, Kelvingrove reopened and Glasgow’s bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games was launched. Latterly she served as the first Chair of Culture and Sport Glasgow and Vice Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. Liz assumed her current role in June 2010. Her remit in Development and Regeneration Services is extremely wide, encompassing Housing Regeneration, City Planning, Sustainability, Creative Industries and, crucially Economic Regeneration and Social Initiatives.
Liz serves on many cultural and artistic Boards, and speaks French, Italian and enough German to get by. When time permits she sings first soprano with the University of Glasgow Choral Society. She was also voted Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year 2007-2008.