Profile — Alex Graham

Cllr. Alex GrahamAlex Graham is a Liberal Democrat Focus Team councillor for Inverness West with a strong track record in local government. Regarded as a keen ward representative he is one of the most experienced councillors in the north with over 29 years’ service in total. In his first period in local government he served from 1980 to 1996 as Inverness District councillor for the Kinmylies ward, standing down due to family and work commitments when Scottish local government was re-organised in 1996.

After a break, Alex was elected to the Highland Council in May 2007. He was re-elected in May 2012 at the top of the poll with 610 first preference votes (24.6%). In May 2017 he was again re-elected, leading the count with 964 first preference votes (27.7%).

As well as being a ward councillor, he was chosen to be Provost of the City of Inverness in August 2012 and served in that role until June 2015 when there was a change in the political control of the Council.

Alex was born and raised in the Isle of Lewis and is a Chartered Accountant. As well as being a councillor, he works at the language development agency Bòrd na Gàidhlig. He has lived in Inverness for over 30 years, always on the west side of the River Ness.

In addition to politics and local government, Alex has a wide variety of interests including the Gaelic language, computing, local history,

and supporting Inverness Caley Thistle.

Alex’s key issues and concerns:

  • Representing Inverness West ward effectively;
  • Improved local transport links, especially the bypass for Inverness and the aqueduct canal crossing at Torvean;
  • Protecting green spaces such as the Bught and Northern Meeting parks;
  • More powers for Inverness City Committee;
  • Keeping local residents informed with regular Focus newsletters.