|Member of the Scottish Parliament|
for South Scotland
3 May 2007 – 23 March 2016
|Born||4 November 1962|
Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
Hume was born in Peebles but raised in Selkirkshire. His previous positions include Chairman of "Environment and Land Use" for the National Farmers Union of Scotland and President of Lothians and Borders NFU. He was active during the Foot-and-mouth crisis of 2001. Hume was also on the board of Scottish Enterprise Borders, Chaired The Borders Foundation for Rural Sustainability, a member of the Forestry Commission's South of Scotland Regional Forum, a Trustee of The Borders Forest Trust and a founding Director of The South of Scotland Loan Fund Scheme. He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 to 2016
Member of the Scottish Parliament
Hume was elected to the Scottish Parliament to represent the South of Scotland region at the 2007 general election. He was also elected councillor of the Galashiels and District region of Scottish Borders Council on the same night. He is the first Liberal Democrat MSP for the South of Scotland region since the Scottish Parliament was created in 1999. Hume was Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Housing and Health. He sat on the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, and was the Committee's EU Reporter. He was also the Scottish Liberal Democrat Deputy Whip and a member of the European Committee of Regions.
Hume successfully introduced a Member's Bill in the Scottish Parliament - Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill - which was enacted in January 2016 and protects 60,000 children every week from the dangers of second hand smoke in cars.
- 1983: Edinburgh School of Agriculture, Diploma in Agriculture
- 1997: University of Edinburgh, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
- 1998 –2007: Farmer, partner, John Hume and Son (farming firm, Sundhope Farm, Yarrow, Selkirk)
- 2004-2006: Director of the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) President of Lothian & Borders NFUS
- 2000-2006: Trustee Borders Forest Trust (BFT)
- 2000-2001: Trustee Borders Foundation for Rural Sustainability (BFRS)
- 2001-2007: Chairman Borders Foundation for Rural Sustainability
- 2003-2007: Director Scottish Enterprise Borders (SEB)
- 2005-2007: Member of Forestry Commission Scotland's South of Scotland Regional Forum.
- February 2007- 4 May 2007: Director of the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS): Chairman of NFUS Environment & Land Use.
- 2007 – 2016: Member of the Scottish Parliament for South of Scotland
- 2007-2011: Scottish Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment
- 2007-2008: Member of The Scottish Parliament's Audit Committee
- 2008-2011: Member of The Scottish Parliament's European & External Relations Committee
- 2008-2011: Scottish Liberal Democrat Deputy Spokesperson on Environment, Rural Development and Energy
- 2009 - March 2011: Head of Scottish Parliamentary Campaigns
- 2011 – 2012: Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Rural Affairs, Environment, Climate Change, Housing and Transport
- 2011 – 2016:. Member of the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee.
- 2011 – 2016: The Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee's European Reporter.
- 2011 – 2016: Member of The European Union's Committee of Regions
- 2012–2106: Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Health and Housing
- 2012–2106: Scottish Liberal Democrat Deputy Whip
- 2016 - 2018: Trustee of Tweed Forum
- 2016 - 2018: Board Member of The Broomhouse Centre
- 2017–present: Convener of the National Rural Mental Health Forum www.ruralwellbeing.org
- 2017–present: Non-Executive Director of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) www.sruc.ac.uk
- 2018 - 2019: Vice Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Former Members’ Association
- 2018 Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS)
- 2018 Honorary Associate of the British Veterinary Association (HonAssoc BVA)
- 2019–present: Secretary to the Scottish Parliament’s Former Members’ Association