Ivan McKee

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Ivan McKee

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Provan
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byPaul Martin
Personal details
BornSeptember 1963
Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde

Ivan Paul McKee (born September 1963) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who has been Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation since 27 June 2018 and the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow Provan since winning the seat at the 2016 election.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Brought up in Glasgow, McKee obtained a BSc.BEng in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and an MBA from Newcastle University.[citation needed]

Industrial and business career[edit]

In 1986 he began a two-year period of voluntary service in Bangladesh with VSO.[2] Following this, McKee worked for a variety of manufacturing companies. In 2005 he set up his own international manufacturing consultancy business and from 2009 to 2015 invested in, and successfully turned around, a number of manufacturing businesses including the rescue of Dunfermline-based Simclar from Administration.[citation needed]

McKee has significant international experience having managed businesses in Scotland, England, Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.[citation needed]

Political activity[edit]

McKee joined the Labour Party in 1980, leaving in the late 1990s. He returned to political activism during the Scottish Independence Referendum as a Director of Business for Scotland, making the business and economic case for a Yes vote. After joining the SNP in November 2014, McKee was selected to contest the Glasgow Provan seat for the Party at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. He was Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work 2016-18.[citation needed]


McKee is a former Trustee of the charity CEI which supports educational and health projects in rural Bangladesh. He was formerly a member of the Board of Common Weal. In 1996 McKee took part in an aid convey to Bosnia with charity Edinburgh Direct Aid.[citation needed]. Ivan McKee is married and lives in Glasgow with his wife Ewa.


  1. ^ "Election 2016: Glasgow Provan. Scottish Parliament constituency". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "A wealth of service". The Scotsman. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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