Lisa was born on the 8th April 1972 at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow. Her family moved to Westwood in East Kilbride when she was a few months old. Lisa’s mother worked in Rolls Royce and her step-father was a local Taxi Driver. Lisa spent a lot of time with her grandmother when she was growing up who had retired from Centre One.
Lisa went to South Park and East Milton Primary Schools and then on to Duncanrig Secondary School. After her Higher Examinations, she studied Psychology at Strathclyde University. She then went on to undertake a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Glasgow University. Lisa was the first person in her family to go to University.
Lisa worked as a Social Work Assistant with the Network Project in East Kilbride and then as an Assistant Psychologist at Hartwoodhill Hospital in Lanarkshire. As a Trainee Psychologist, she worked in the mental health service at Hairmyres Hospital, at Irvine Central Children’s Hospital and then at Wishaw General Hospital.
Post qualification, Lisa led the Addictions Service in NHS Lanarkshire and then went to work at The State Hospital as the Consultant Lead for the Forensic Addiction Service. Prior to election, Lisa worked as a Consultant in the Community Forensic Mental Health Service and was Director of a local small business Psychological Services Scotland Ltd.
During her NHS career, Lisa was a shop steward with Unite the Union for a period of fourteen years.
She was elected to the Scottish Terms and Conditions Group and was also a Health and Safety Representative. Lisa has campaigned against maternity discrimination and for NHS pay and conditions.
Lisa became active in politics during the Scottish Independence Referendum when she campaigned with YES Clydesdale. She was selected as the local SNP candidate for the 2015 General Election and was then elected in May 2015 with a majority of 16,523.
In parliament, Lisa was a member of the Foreign Affairs Team. She was elected as the SNP’s Member of the International Development Committee and was Climate Justice Spokesperson.
Lisa was elected as chair of the Disability All Party Parliamentary Group in 2015 and re-elected to this post in 2016 and 2017. Lisa champions disability supports and inclusion as a key issue.
Lisa continues to be the chair of the Disability All Party Parliamentary Group but is now also the SNP Westminster Mental Health Spokesperson.
Lisa is married to Mark and they live in South Lanarkshire with their two daughters, Olivia and Charlotte. She spends as much of her free time as possible with family. She enjoys cooking whenever she gets the chance, looking after Rossi the family dog and watching Darts.