Peter Murrell

Peter Tierney Murrell (born December 1964) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish National Party.[1] He is married to Nicola Sturgeon, the party's leader and First Minister of Scotland.[2]

Early life and education

Murrell was born in Edinburgh[citation needed] in December 1964.[3] He attended Craigmount High School and studied at the University of Glasgow.[4]


Murrell has been Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish National Party (SNP) since 1999 when he took over from Michael Russell.[1] Previously he had worked in the Banff and Buchan constituency office of Alex Salmond, who was former party leader.[5] The party's success in the 2007 elections was credited to the organisation of Murrell.[6]

Murrell was formerly the Company Secretary of Independence Merchandising Limited, a now-dissolved company that included as its directors SNP politicians Pete Wishart and Stuart Stevenson.[7]

In January 2019 Murrell came under pressure to resign from Kenny Macaskill, former SNP Justice Secretary.[5]

Personal life

Murrell married Nicola Sturgeon in July 2010 at Òran Mór Glasgow.[2][8] They first met in 1988 when Sturgeon, who volunteered at the Banff Buchan constituency office of Alex Salmond, attended an SNP youth camp organised by Murrell.[9] Sturgeon and Murrell became a couple in 2003.[5]


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  9. Midgley, Dominic (2015-04-16). "Nicola the Queen of Scots: The story behind the fiesty SNP leader". Retrieved 2019-02-04.