Caroline has been a Councillor representing the Blairgowrie and Glens Ward since May 2007. Married to Jonathan, who runs his own joinery business, and Mum to Martha and Ben who attend a local secondary school, Caroline also works as a researcher to MSPs Murdo Fraser and Elizabeth Smith based in their office in Scone.
Caroline has served since 2007 as a representative on a number of Perth and Kinross Council and local committees and is Convenor of Perth and Kinross Council’s Lifelong Learning Committee. Improving our educational standards and raising ambition, opportunities and attainment for all our young people are key priorities for Caroline.
Caroline has been actively involved in local issues in the Blairgowrie and Glens Ward and has taken a specific interest in road safety issues, in facilities and activities for young people and in promoting the area as a lovely place both to live and work, and as a visitor destination.
Caroline writes: "Having represented Blairgowrie and Glens for over ten years I was delighted to be elected once again and to take up the post of Deputy Leader of the Conservative group in Perth. This is a fantastic place in which to live and work but there are many things that can be improved. Parking, transport, education, road safety, policing, improving our parks - all need to be addressed.
"A huge challenge is to ensure our schools are the very best they can be. As a mum of two school-aged children I know that the ongoing issues in education are of great concern. The SNP are failing to address the crisis our schools are facing, and it is time for positive action at local and national level.
"Increased planning applications coming forward continue to see Blairgowrie and Rattray grow. There are opportunities but also challenges which need to be addressed urgently in the infrastructure for our recreation and health facilities and in our schools.
"I have worked hard to argue for a return to community policing and I am pleased we are now benefiting from a return to local officers. Our rural communities face specific issues in access to services such as broadband, transport and healthcare - tourism and business in rural areas need support too.
"I have enjoyed working with residents and local community groups and look forward to continuing this team work for the years to come.”