Ross is born and bred in Aberdeen. Ross has grown up, lives in and works in the city that he is proud to call home. Ross was educated at BalmediePrimary School, Bridge of Don Academy and then the University of Aberdeen where Ross graduated with a first class honors degree in Politics and International Relations. After graduating in 2009 Ross worked within the retail sector and worked as a customer adviser for the Bank of Scotland in Dyce between 2010 and 2011. Latterly Ross worked for Debenhams Aberdeen as their Store Trainer where his responsibilities included training staff, recruitment, HR and finance.
Ross has had an enourmous amount of political experience and is a well known local campaigner.
Ross was unanimously selected by local party activists as the Scottish Conservative candidate for the Scottish Parliamentary constituency of Aberdeen South and North Kincardine for the 2016 Holyrood elections in July this year. Please see the Ross for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine 2016 page for more details.
In May 2014 Ross was selected by local party members as the Conservative candidate to contest his home constituency, Aberdeen South, in the 2015 General Election. In that contest Ross significantly increased the Conservative share of the vote, this was the only seat in the North East and one of the few in Scotland that actually saw the share of the vote rise. The excellent result in Aberdeen South is the best the party has had in over a decade and has laid strong foundations for the 2020 General Election with the Scottish Conservatives being the most credible challenger to the SNP.
In May 2012 Ross was elected to represent Hazlehead/Ashley/Queen’s Cross on Aberdeen City Council. Since May 2012 Ross and his Conservative colleagues have punched above their weight on the Council to deliver exciting Conservative policies and much needed change. Notable policy success being the delivery of the 3rd Don Crossing, the selling of Council flats in mixed tenure buildings, the freezing of parking permits, superfast broadband, 2 hours of quality PE in schools and the roll out of self directed support. Ross is well known in the community as a dedicated local campaigner who gets things done in the ward.
In 2007 , for experience, Ross stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituemcy. In a Labour stronghold seat Ross managed to increase the Scottish Conservative share of the vote.
In 2007 Ross was selected as the Conservative Candidate for the Gordon constituency and at the 2010 General Election Ross increased the Conservative share of the vote by 1269 votes, above the Scotish Average, and solidified the Conservative position in the seat.
At the following Scottish Parliamentary election in 2011 Ross contested the Aberdeen Donside seat where after an enthusiastic campaign Ross increased the Conservative share of the vote above the average for the other seats in Aberdeen, overtaking the Lib Dems and securing a comfortable 3rd place.
Ross then contested the Dyce, Bucksburn and Danestone by-election where he again won over people who had never voted Conservative before and on a turn out of 29% and in a ward with no Conservative representation managed to increase our share of the vote yet again.
In June 2013 Ross was chosen as the Scottish Conservative candidate in the Aberdeen Donside By-election which was brought about by the untimely death of the sitting MSP Brian Adam. The by-election contest attracted national attention and the Conservative campaign was widely recognised as being positive and optimistic. Ross spoke consistently about the local issues that matter and challenged the SNP Government to give Aberdeen a fairer share of funding to help support services and improve city infrastructure. In a contest in which the Conservatives could have been squeezed out entirely the campaign’s positive message of Conservatives delivering change in the Council ensured that the party held its ground.
From April 2013 to April 2014 Ross was chairman of the then newly created Aberdeen City Conservative Association which was an amalgamation of the previous Aberdeen North and Aberdeen South Associations. Under Ross’ chairmanship the new association went from strength to strength.
Outside of politics Ross is heavily involved in the local community and sits on a number of boards and trusts. Ross is a Governor of Robert Gordons College, Trustee of Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Trustee of Chris Anderson Trust, Cowdray Hall Committee, Rubislaw Field Committee, Friends of Hazlehead Park and Ross also volunteers at Aberdeen arts Centre.
Ross lives within his ward in Aberdeen and is in a Civil Partnership with his Partner Douglas. In his spare time Ross enjoys watching films, meeting up with friends and family, going out for dinner, going on walks and reading.