Michelle Hegarty LLB MSc is Assistant Chief Executive at the Scottish Parliament, where she supports the Clerk/Chief Executive in shaping and delivering the Parliament’s strategic priorities. Michelle has a strong track record in the public and voluntary sectors in the field of public relations. This includes previous roles as Head of the Public Affairs Group within the Scottish Parliament, Director of Communications and Campaigning at Capability Scotland, and in public relations for the NHS. Michelle has significant experience in leading and managing change within a highly demanding and heavily scrutinised political environment, and brings a strong understanding of the current political context and its workings, including all aspects of public affairs.