Elma Murray OBE


Elma is passionate about public sector services and their vital role in supporting local people and the most vulnerable in our communities. She focuses on children’s services and inclusive growth.

She was previously Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council from 2009 to 2018 and has a local government career spanning around 35 years. She has held several senior positions including Chair of SOLACE, Director of the Improvement Service, Depute Director of Finance and Head of Service Reform at Glasgow City Council, Head of IT Services at North Ayrshire and at Strathclyde Police.

Elma was awarded an OBE for Services to Local Government, Education and the Economy in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

In addition to her role as the inaugural Chair of the Scottish Obesity Alliance, Elma has been Chair of Young Scot (Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity) since June 2017. 

On the 1stAugust 2019 she became the Deputy Chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland and she joined the Board of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) on the 1stSeptember 2019.

Shruti Jain

Alliance Co-ordinator

Shruti has previously worked at a senior strategic level across a range of complex policy agendas as a civil servant. She has also led a number of place-based and settings-based initiatives with two national charities the Soil Association and Living Streets. Committed to tackling inequalities and improving lives, Shruti returned to university as a mature student to complete a second Masters degree in 2017 where she studied public

health policy with the Global Health Policy Unit at the University of Edinburgh. She focused on obesity, undertaking a review to identify the most promising policy areas to tackle obesity in Scotland and to better understand their likely effectiveness, including the impact on different socio-economic groups.

Shruti works with the Scottish Obesity Alliance in a part-time position, and as a programme manager in the place and equity team at NHS Health Scotland for the rest of her week. In her spare time, she is chair of Saheliya a specialist charity that supports the mental health and well-being of black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls across Scotland.