Susan Murray is proud to be Scottish, British and European; she is married with 2 grown up sons.
Born in Aberdeen, she graduated with a BSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics and worked in the NHS as a Dietitian before leaving to study for her MBA from Edinburgh University Business School.
This took her to a career in medical marketing, travelling extensively in Europe and further afield. When her children were teenagers she got involved with positive action in her community volunteering her experience to help local charities campaign and fundraise to deliver local facilities – the skatepark in Kirkintilloch; plus arts and culture festivals. She is currently part of a group working to fund and build mountain bike parks close to Lennoxtown, East Dunartonshire. She was first elected as a local Councillor in 2017 for the ward of Kirkintilloch East and North and Twechar. Coming from the local community and, as marketer, she believes in listening (market research!).
Local people understand the issues in their area best and know what solutions are needed to bring about positive change. There are many issues which affect communities which inevitably involve national policy and they are why she is now active in politics. Having worked with a diverse range of people she has learnt that everyone deserves to be given the right opportunities to be successful.
Susan is passionate about preventing climate change and is a committed re-user and recycler.She is often seen walking or cycling locally, instead of using the car, and organises regular litter picks in the community.
She wants to make sure that local government is properly funded, reverse creeping centralisation and tackle inequality. Susan supports reducing bureaucracy, reforming Universal Credit and improving health, and mental health, care and social care. Building empowered communities where every single person can thrive.