Aileen Elizabeth Campbell (born 18 May 1980) is a Scottish football administrator and former politician who has served as the chief executive of Scottish Women's Football since 2021. A member of the Scottish National Party, she was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for fourteen years and was a Scottish Government minister for ten, having served on the Scottish Cabinet as Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, from 2018 to 2021.
|Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government|
26 June 2018 – 20 May 2021
|First Minister||Nicola Sturgeon|
|Preceded by||Angela Constance|
|Succeeded by||Shona Robison|
|Born||18 May 1980|
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Spouse(s)||Graham Fraser White|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
Born and raised in Perth, Campbell is a politics and history graduate of the University of Glasgow. She served as the National Convenor of the SNP's youth wing from 2005 to 2006, and was an editor for the Keystone magazine. Before becoming an elected official, she worked for politicians like Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison and Stewart Hosie. In the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, she stood as the SNP's candidate for the Clydesdale constituency, but came second. Although she failed to win, Campbell was elected as an additional member for the South of Scotland region. In the 2011 election, she successfully defeated Scottish Labour's Karen Gillon in Clydesdale.
After Campbell's re-election to the Scottish Parliament, she was appointed a junior minister in the Scottish Government as Minister for Local Government and Planning, a post she held for seven months. From 2011 to 2016, she served as Minister for Children and Young People. In December 2014, she became the first person to take maternity leave while serving as a minister in government. After being re-elected in 2016, Campbell was appointed the role of Minister for Public Health and Sport. In 2018, following a cabinet reshuffle, Campbell was promoted to Cabinet and served as Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government. In March 2020, she announced her intention to step down as an MSP, therefore relinquishing her role in government.