Brian Monteith is a writer and commentator drawing upon his background of politics and marketing – from London and Edinburgh through the 80s and 90s – to his eight years in the Scottish Parliament.
In 2007 he left Holyrood to return to commerce as a communications consultant in Botswana, Nigeria, Pakistan, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia and Uganda. He is a regular columnist in The Scotsman, Evening News and CityAM – his books include Paying the Piper - from a taxing lament to rewarding jig and The Bully State - the end of tolerance as well as editing two collections of Unionist opinion during the 2014 Indyref, How to bluff your way to independence and The Positive Case.
Brian is Director of Communications for Global Britain and during the Brexit campaign was seconded to be head of press for Leave.EU.
Jackie Anderson enjoyed thirteen years retail experience at Mark & Spencers' flagship store at the Gyle, Edinburgh – including management in the Food, Homeware and Ladiesware departments – before deciding to travel the world and write, bringing her down-to-earth, provocative and humorous take on life to ThinkScotland.