Ivan Paul McKee (born September 1963) is a Scottish politician who has served as Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise since 2021, having previously served as Minister for Trade, Innovation and Public Finance, 2020-21 and Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation from 2018 to 2020. A member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), he has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow Provan since 2016.[1]

Ivan McKee
Ivan McKee MSP.jpg
Official portrait, 2021
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Provan
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Preceded byPaul Martin
Majority4,783
Personal details
BornSeptember 1963
Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
Websitewww.ivanmckee.scot

Early life and educationEdit

Brought up in Glasgow, McKee obtained a BSc.BEng in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from Newcastle University.[citation needed]

Industrial and business careerEdit

In 1986 he began a two-year period of voluntary service in Bangladesh with VSO.[2] Following this, McKee worked for a variety of manufacturing companies. In 2005 he set up his own international manufacturing consultancy business and from 2009 to 2015 invested in, and successfully turned around, a number of manufacturing businesses including the purchase of distressed assets from Dunfermline-based Simclar whilst in Administration.[3]

McKee has significant international experience having managed businesses in Scotland, England, Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.[citation needed]

Political activityEdit

McKee joined the Labour Party in 1980, leaving in the late 1990s. He returned to political activism during the Scottish Independence Referendum as a Director of Business for Scotland, making the business and economic case for a Yes vote. After joining the SNP in November 2014, McKee was selected to contest the Glasgow Provan seat for the Party at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. He was Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work 2016–18.[4]

OtherEdit

McKee is a former Trustee of the charity CEI which supports educational and health projects in rural Bangladesh. He was formerly a member of the Board of Common Weal. In 1996 McKee took part in an aid convey to Bosnia with charity Edinburgh Direct Aid.[citation needed]. Ivan McKee is married and lives in Glasgow with his wife Ewa.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Election 2016: Glasgow Provan. Scottish Parliament constituency". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "A wealth of service". The Scotsman. 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 10 April 2019.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Greenfold Partners acquire assets of Simclar". Manchester Evening News. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Ian McKee". www.parliament.scot. Retrieved 13 May 2022.

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