Lorraine McMillan has been Chief Executive of East Renfrewshire Council since 2008 and acts as the main policy advisor to the Council. She has a particular interest in early years development of children, corporate parenting, business transformation and is part of the leadership group of the Glasgow City Region.
Lorraine grew up in Paisley and graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in Physics in 1982 and began her career in Barr & Stroud, a Glasgow based technology company. She became a Chartered Physicist, gained an MBA and joined the Scottish Development Agency in 1989 specialising in technology transfer. She then joined Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire in 1991, becoming Director of Enterprise in 1996 and the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire in 1999 specialising in business and economic development.
As well as her East Renfrewshire Council role, she chairs the Local Government Digital Transformation Board and retains a strong interest in technology. From September 2014 to 2017, Lorraine was a member of the Board of the Scottish Funding Council, the organisation which distributes funding to all colleges and Universities in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.