The Scottish Parliament
Tricia Marwick was elected as the Presiding Officer for the 4th Session of the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 11 May 2011 and was the first woman to be elected as Presiding Officer. It is her responsibility to chair plenary sessions of Parliament in the Debating Chamber. In addition, the Presiding Officer’s role includes the selection of questions to be asked at the weekly First Minister’s Question Time, as well as the selection of supplementary questions and amendments.
The Presiding Officer also has three other roles in chairing the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Parliamentary Bureau, and representing the Parliament at home and abroad.
Tricia is MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes and worked as a public affairs officer for Shelter Scotland until her election to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.