Joan McAlpine MSP

Convener for Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee
Scottish Government


Joan McAlpine MSP is a Scottish journalist and Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland. Joan was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire and grew up in Greenock. She has an MA (Hons) in Scottish History and Economic History from University of Glasgow. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in newspaper journalism from City University in London. Joan began her career at the Greenock Telegraph in 1987. She went on to work for The Scotsman and The Sunday Times, where she won the Scottish Journalist of the Year award in 1999. In 2000 she was appointed editor of The Sunday Times Scotland and the following year became deputy editor of The Herald; the first woman to hold the Herald post. In 1994 Joan co-authored A Time to Rage with the political activist Tommy Sheridan. Joan was elected as a list MSP for the South of Scotland region in the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election and again in 2016. She currently is currently the Convener of the Culture, Europe and External Affairs Committee in the Scottish Parliament.  She is also the Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Culture and Deputy Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Learning Disability.