Struan Mackie is a Highland native, having called the UK's most northerly mainland county his home for twenty-six years.
A product of the Highland schooling system, Struan gained a place at Scotland's premier Business School the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he graduated in Finance and Business Enterprise.
An award-winning entrepreneur in his own right, Struan is passionate about enterprise, small business and creating jobs. Having held positions with top-tier consultancy firm PwC across the UK, Struan continues to consult with his own firm based in Sutherland. Supporting small businesses across Great Britain, Canada and the United States.
A former Parliamentary Candidate for the Caithness, Sutherland and (Easter) Ross constituencies at both the Scottish and UK Parliament election, he has served as a Highland Councillor for the Thurso and Northwest Caithness ward since May 2017.
Struan serves as the Scottish Conservatives spokesperson for Transport and Energy in the Council and holds a junior brief on business and the economy.
In July 2020, Struan was nominated to hold the title Provost of Thurso as part of a radical shake up of the Caithness Area Committee. He is the first Councillor to take the title in over 44 years and the youngest ever office holder in the history of the County.
Serving the most northerly mainland Council ward on Great Britain, his colleagues are Cllr Donnie Mackay (Scottish Conservative), Cllr Matthew Reiss (Independent) and Cllr Karl Rosie (SNP).