Susan Aitken became Council Leader and City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth after elections in May 2017 which saw the SNP form a minority administration. She has been councillor for her home area of Langside since 2012, and has led the Council’s SNP group since 2014, having previously been spokesperson on health and social care. Before being elected, Susan worked in policy and research in the Scottish Parliament and third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor on health and social care. She grew up in Biggar, South Lanarkshire, and moved to Glasgow aged 17; she is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.
Susan leads government with a clear vision to deliver a world-class city with a thriving, inclusive economy where all can benefit. Glasgow has universities and research institutes with international reputations and a highly skilled workforce, with key strengths in financial services, life sciences, engineering, manufacturing and creative and media industries.
Glasgow works with seven authorities around the River Clyde to deliver the UK’s largest city region deal, addressing significant challenges, including long-term unemployment, with ill health a major contributor; comparatively low survival of business start-ups; a legacy of vacant and derelict land, and gaps in transport infrastructure.
Susan chairs the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, which is developing an inclusive growth analysis model for city region projects.