Elma Murray OBE
Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council, 2009 - 2018
Elma Murray was Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council from 2009 to 2018 and has a local government career of over 35 years.
On the 1st August 2019 she was appointed Deputy Chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland and she joins SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) on the 1st September 2019 as a Board Member.
She is the Chair of Young Scot (Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity) and became the inaugural Chair of the Scottish Obesity Alliance in December 2018 which advocates for a healthy weight for everyone.
Elma is passionate about the vital role of public sector services to support local people and the most vulnerable in our communities. She has a specific focus on transformation, children’s services, wellbeing and inclusive growth.
Over her career she has held several senior positions including Chair of SOLACE (Scotland), Directors of the Improvement Service and of Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company, Depute Director of Finance and Head of Service Reform at Glasgow City Council, Head of IT Services at North Ayrshire and at Strathclyde Police.
Between 2016 and 2018 Elma sat on the National Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Board and the DYW Delivery Group, working with Rob Woodward, to support and oversee the development and implementation of regional Employer-led DYW Groups to create more opportunities for young people to get into employment.
Elma was awarded an OBE for Services to Local Government, Education and the Economy in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List.