Michael Russell MSP was the Co-Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Malawi from 2014-2016, a Trustee of the Scottish Futures Forum and Chair of the Scottish Futures Forum Programme Board for the ‘Civilised Nation’ project.

He was was a member of the Procedures Committee, the Education, Culture and Sport Committee in the first session of the Scottish Parliament. From November 2014 to March 2016 he was a member of the Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Committee and was active in the debate on Land Reform.

He became Convenor of the Finance Committee in June 2016 but stood down on his re-appointment to Government.