Chris Kane is a husband, dad, politician, businessman, writer, broadcaster, volunteer, amateur historian and beekeeper – not necessarily always in that order!
A true “Son of the Rock”, Chris was brought up in Bannockburn and now lives in Braehead with his wife Anne and their two children. In his spare time, Chris plays golf (badly) and the saxophone (worse). He also likes flying drones and is a novice beekeeper.
Chris is a digital content creator, helping businesses create engagement content for websites and advertising campaigns. He also helps create content for museums and heritage trails, including the lottery funded Stirling Heritage Trails.
Chris is a Board Member of Business Gateway Scotland
Chris is a Scottish Labour Party councillor, representing the Stirling East Ward on Stirling Council since May 2017 and part of the Labour Minority Administration since May 2022.
Chris holds the following positions at the council:
- Council Leader
- Vice Convenor: Finance, Economy and Corporate Services Committee
- Vice Convenor: Community Wellbeing and Housing Committee
- Member: Audit Committee
Chris is a member of COSLA’s Council Leaders’ Board
Chris was Scottish Labour’s candidate in the Stirling Constituency at the 2017 General Election and at the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election.
In the 2017-2022 Council term, Chris held various positions, including: Council Depute Leader (2021-2022); Convenor, Community Planning and Regeneration Committee (2017-2022); Vice Convenor, Public Safety Committee (2017-2022); Depute Convenor, Planning Panel (2017-2020); Depute Convenor, Adult Social Care Panel (2020-2022), Baillie (aka Assistant Provost), 2017-2020); Member of COSLA ‘Health and Wellbeing Board’.
From 2011-2017, Chris was Chairperson of Braehead Community Council. He has raised more than £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 a Trustee.
Chris is a Trustee with Scotland’s second oldest charitable organisation, Cowane’s Trust, which was set up in Stirling in 1637 and is a former trustee of the Fair Play Foundation and the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.
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”.
You can contact Chris via email at firstname.lastname@example.org