Jenny Laing is the Leader of Aberdeen City Council. She was first elected in 2007 to the Midstocket and Rosemount ward, and was the Labour group spokesman for Transport and then Education while in opposition. Jenny was appointed Convener of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee in 2012 a position she held until 2014.
In May 2014, she took over from her party colleague Barney Crockett as leader.
Jenny was born in Aberdeen, is married and has a grown-up son. She holds an honours degree on Economic History from Aberdeen University.
In the past, Jenny has been a Customs Officer at Aberdeen Airport and Dundee Port, a VAT Inspector and Compliance Officer with HM Customs and Excise throughout the north east, and a Business Education Support Officer throughout Scotland with HM Revenue and Customs.
She is currently chair of the Scottish Local Government Partnership (SLGP), an organisation formed by Aberdeen City, Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire councils in 2015 following a break from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).