About

Chris Kane is a husband, dad, politician, businessman, writer, broadcaster, volunteer, amateur historian and beekeeper – not necessarily always in that order!

Personal

A true “Son of the Rock”, Chris was brought up in Bannockburn and now lives in Braehead with his wife Anne and their two young children – both of whom attend the same primary school Chris did thirty years ago.

In his spare time, Chris plays golf (badly) and the saxophone (worse).  He also likes flying drones and is a keen amateur historian.

Chris is also a volunteer beekeeper at Braehead Community Garden.

Business

Since 2008, Chris and Anne have run a media production company called Bee Herd Media Ltd, specialising in helping organisations with digital content for websites.  The company also creates content for museums and heritage trails.  In 2014, Chris was heavily involved in creating the lottery funded Stirling Heritage Trails.

Politics

Chris is a Scottish Labour Party councillor, representing the Stirling East Ward on Stirling Council since May 2017.  Chris is a member of the Partnership Administration running Stirling Council where he holds the following positions:

  • Convenor:  Community Planning & Regeneration Committee
  • Vice Convenor:  Public Safety Committee
  • Vice Convenor:  Planning & Regulation Committee
  • Baillie (aka Assistant Provost) of Stirling Council

Chris is a member of the COSLA “Health & Well-being Board”.

Chris was Scottish Labour’s candidate in the Stirling Constituency at the 2017 General Election.

Volunteering

From 2011-2017, Chris was Chairperson of Braehead Community Council.  He has raised almost £300,000 for community projects and was the driving force behind the creation of Braehead Community Garden.

In 2016 he set up Braehead, Broomridge & District Community Development Trust to help provide and operate facilities within his neighbourhood.  Chris was the inaugural Chair of the Trust, but since being elected to Stirling Council, has handed over that role and become an ordinary Trustee.

A keen amateur historian, since 2014 Chris has been a Trustee of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

Chris is also a Trustee of two of Scotland’s oldest charitable organisations: Spittal’s Trust, which was formed in 1550; and Cowane’s Trust, which was formed in 1637.

Media

Chris is a freelance broadcaster and journalist and occasionally pops up on radio stations around Scotland.  Chris started his broadcasting career with Stirling based Central FM when he was just fifteen years old.  He has also worked with radio stations including BBC Radio Scotland, Smooth Radio, Radio Forth, Talk107, Westsound and Eklipse Sports Radio.

As a sports broadcaster, Chris has reported from the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, hosted “Saturday Super Scoreboard” for Westsound Radio and commented on football matches for Dunfermline Athletic.

Chris has had a long association with the Stirling Observer newspaper, where he was an entertainments columnist for a decade.  From 2012-2017, Chris wrote a popular column about life in Stirling called “Son of the Rock”.  In 2018 that column moved online, to this website.

Contact Chris

You can contact Chris via email at hello@chriskane.net