Following a meeting of the full Council on Thursday 18 May 2017, elected members voted for Councillor Ian McAllan as Provost of South Lanarkshire with Councillor Collette Stevenson as Depute Provost.
Provost Ian McAllan
Ian McAllan was elected as Provost shortly after being elected as a councillor for the Clydesdale East ward.
Ian is a retired police officer. During his career he served all over the west of Scotland, including South Lanarkshire, in a variety of roles.
He is married, with three daughters and lives in Biggar.
Depute Provost Collette Stevenson
Collette Stevenson is married with one daughter Skye and lives in Hairmyres, East Kilbride. She has lived all her life in East Kilbride and attended the local primary schools, St Kenneth’s and St Louise and completed her secondary education at St Andrews. She is very proud of her heritage having traced her maternal grandparents back to the original village of East Kilbride in the 1880s where they met whilst working in a local farm.
Her career to date has mainly been in Finance and Administration. Up until she was elected as a Councillor, she was employed with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd, working with the Outdoor Education section. In 2013, she completed a BAcc in Accountancy at the University of West of Scotland.
She is the oldest of four children, has two nieces and nephews and lots of cousins. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family and given she comes from a big family sometimes that can prove challenging but equally great when they do get together.
The role of the Provost
Provost is a traditional title given to the person who presided over the old Burgh Councils in Scotland.
The Provost of South Lanarkshire chairs meetings of the full Council of 67 elected councillors who represent the 20 multi-member wards in South Lanarkshire. Full council meetings are held at least four times a year.
The Provost also plays a very important ambassadorial role on behalf of the council, representing South Lanarkshire at many civic occasions. The Provost works closely with community and voluntary sector groups and attends many events marking important landmarks in the lives of local citizens including 100th birthdays and Diamond Wedding Anniversaries.
Anyone wishing to have their celebration attended by the Provost should contact the Provost's office directly.
South Lanarkshire's Provost does not have the title Lord Provost. This title applies only to the Lord Provosts of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee who act as the Queen's Lord Lieutenant for the area. There is a Lord Lieutenant who represents the whole of Lanarkshire.
South Lanarkshire also has a Council Leader.