Pam Gosal MSP was elected as a Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for the West Scotland Region in May 2021 and made history being the first Indian Sikh MSP and one of the first woman of colour elected to the Scottish Parliament.
As an MSP, Pam is the Deputy Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, which enables her to use her wealth of experience working in local government to scrutinise current policy in this area.
Earlier this year, Pam also had the honour of being named the Deputy Chair of the Scottish Conservative Party. She intends to use this role to improve the party’s engagement with communities up and down the country, and continue her work to increase the number of candidates within the party from diverse backgrounds.
Pam successfully set up the first ever Cross-Party Group on India in 2021 and is Convener of the group, which aims to improve relationships in the areas of education, trade and culture between India and Scotland. Pam is also the Convener of the Cross-Party Group of Skills and a Deputy-Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Challenging Racial and Religious Prejudice. She is also a member of the Cross-Party Groups on the USA and Dyslexia.
Pam is a Co-Founder and Chair of the Scottish Conservative friends of BAME (SCBAME), the first umbrella organisation affiliated with the Scottish Conservative Party to reach out to BAME communities in Scotland. Pam was also the Former Deputy Chair for the Scottish Conservative Women’s Organisation (CWO).
Pam has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience over thirty years across public, private and voluntary sectors, working on economic development, inward investment, business, cultural, legal, and regulatory policies both in Scotland and England. Pam’s work has been instrumental in supporting businesses and delivering significant inward investment projects; retaining and creating thousands of jobs.
Pam is a great believer in giving back to the community and has consistently done so throughout her career. Not only does she give back directly through her work, she has also worked with many charities, both local and national, and has provided volunteer time mentoring individuals from the BAME community and women.
Supporting, building up and empowering individuals is a core part of Pam’s ethos and is at the heart of everything she does.