Gary Mulvaney was elected for his fifth term in 2022 and leads the ten member group of Conservatives on Argyll & Bute Council.
He is a qualified accountant, and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. His career has covered local government, marketing, and extensive experience in the motor trade. He currently is Director, and Centre Principal, of Helensburgh Toyota, having previously been the dealership's Financial Director.
Gary was born in 1968. His home town is Helensburgh, where he lives with his wife Janet and her daughter Sammy-Jo.
Gary is a former Westminster parliamentary candidate, having contested the seat in 2017 and 2010. In 2017, the Conservatives came within 1300 votes of taking the seat from the SNP. When he stood in the 2010 General he came second, with Liberal Democrat MP Alan Reid’s majority squeezed to just over three thousand votes.
During the 2010 campaign, the local news website ForArgyll.com said that, if elected to Westminster, Gary would be "a formidable operator". Describing him as "A natural strategist and a clear thinker...", the website said "...he has the added advantage of experience". The writer continued "If it is possible to be open-minded and interested in change while not being troubled by uncertainties or indecision, this is who he is”.
Outside business and politics, Gary was Business Manager of the Glasgow-based Apollo Players theatre group and made his stage debut in 2010 at the Kings Theatre, Glasgow, and in 2012 he played in Annie at the Glasgow Pavilion theatre.