Ross Laird

Ross heads up Grayling in Scotland, a major international PR and communications agency, and has over 20 years industry experience covering the energy, health, tourism and education sectors. Having completed his Communication Advertising Marketing Diploma in London, Ross worked at both the House of Commons and Citigate before taking on his current role. He is a regular speaker, blogger and trainer on politics, communications and public affairs.

Ross has held a number of posts in both London and Edinburgh. He was previously a Councillor in the London Borough of Haringey and headed up the Haringey Refugee Consortium, among other posts. In Edinburgh and Midlothian he has been a leading member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, spearheading transport policy issues; a former board member of Archaeology Scotland; and is Vice-Chair of a local childcare provider. Ross is also currently Vice-Chair of YMCA Scotland, supporting the development of mentoring and youth work schemes. A keen cyclist and walker, he also runs a local cycling group.

Ross lives in Midlothian with his wife and teenage daughter.

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