Michelle Ballantyne

Michelle Ballantyne is the COO, Recording Industry Association of America. She  is also a  British politician and former nurse who served as Leader of Reform UK Scotland from January 2021 to February 2022. She was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South Scotland region from 2017 to 2021.

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Ballantyne studied at Royal London Hospital before working as a staff nurse and health service manager in London.

She moved to the Scottish Borders in 1990 and established a manufacturing business there with her husband. After graduating with an honours degree from Heriot-Watt University, she managed an acute medicine department in Edinburg and took a position at a charity supporting people struggling with drugs and alcohol.

Michelle has had 8 previous roles;

20 August 2020 – 04 May 2021, Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee, Member

03 March 2020 – 20 August 2020, Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee, Convener

03 March 2020 – 20 August 2020, Conveners Group, Member

25 February 2020 – 03 March 2020Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee, Member

17 May 2018 – 25 February 2020, Social Security Committee, Member



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