Aileen Campbell

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.

Aileen Campbell
Official portrait, 2018
Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government
In office
26 June 2018  20 May 2021
First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
Preceded byAngela Constance
Succeeded byShona Robison
Junior ministerial offices
Minister for Public Health and Sport
In office
18 May 2016  26 June 2018
First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
Preceded byMaureen Watt
Succeeded byJoe FitzPatrick
Minister for Children and Young People
In office
6 December 2011  18 May 2016
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon
DeputyFiona McLeod
Preceded byAngela Constance
Succeeded byMark McDonald
Minister for Local Government and Planning
In office
25 May 2011  6 December 2011
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byDerek Mackay
Parliamentary offices
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Clydesdale
In office
5 May 2011  5 May 2021
Preceded byKaren Gillon
Succeeded byMàiri McAllan
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
3 May 2007  5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1980-05-18) 18 May 1980 (age 41)
Perth, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)Graham Fraser White
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow

Born and raised in Perth, Campbell is a politics and history graduate of the University of Glasgow.[1][2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5] After being re-elected in 2016, Campbell was appointed the role of Minister for Public Health and Sport.[6][7] 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.[8]