About Oliver

It has been a real privilege to represent the Dumfriesshire constituency in the Scottish Parliament since 2016 and I am grateful to all those who have put their trust in me.  

For generations my family has lived and worked in Dumfries and Galloway and I feel very strongly about protecting our way of life and standing up for the unique cross-border interests of our communities. I grew up in Moffat and attended Moffat Academy before studying Law at Edinburgh. After graduating, I worked briefly for the global oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell before taking a firmer interest in politics working at Westminster as a parliamentary aide, including to former Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC MP.

I have been proud to act as a voice for people across Dumfriesshire and ensure that the views of local people are being heard at Holyrood, particularly when it comes to rural education, improving our road and rail networks and protecting our local NHS and Police services.

I am also passionate about improving outcomes for those with learning difficulties and mental health challenges. Having struggled with dyspraxia and dyslexia myself, I remain determined to ensure young people both in Dumfriesshire and across Scotland get the support they need.

I have previously served on a number of Scottish Parliament committees including Justice and the Rural Economy. Following my re-election, I was delighted to take on the role of Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and am currently a member of the Education, Children and Young People Committee. 

I am always happy to help local people in any way I can so please do get in touch.