Following the 2011 election, Joe was appointed as Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee and re-elected as Secretary of the SNP Group in the Parliament.
In September 2012, Joe was appointed as Minister for Parliamentary Business in the Scottish Government, with Bill Kidd MSP serving as Chief Whip.
In the previous Government, Joe was Parliamentary Liaison Officer for Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney. He helped to set up a Cross Party Group on Life Sciences which he co-chaired.
Prior to his election as an MSP in 2007, Joe worked as an assistant to Shona Robison MSP and Stewart Hosie MP in their Dundee Constituency Office and was a Dundee City Councillor from 1999 serving as SNP group Whip and Finance Spokesperson on Dundee Council. As a Dundee Councillor from 1999 to 2007, Joe was a member of all the main Committees during his term of office and a member of the Licensing Board from 2003 – 2007. He also represented the Council on a number of outside bodies, including:
1999 – 2003 Campaign for Rail Electrification Aberdeen to Edinburgh (CREATE)
1999 – 2003 COSLA Convention
1999 – 2002 Dundee City Council Sports Association for the Disabled
1999 – 2003 City of Dundee Sports Council
1999 – 2004 Member of the Board, Dundee Ice Rink
2005 – 2006 Member of the Board, Dundee Ice Arena
2001 – 2002 COSLA Royal Blind Asylum School
2001 – 2003 COSLA Spokesperson Consumer and Protection Services
2003 – 2007 COSLA Association for Public Services Excellence
Joe was born in Dundee in 1967 and educated at Whitfield High School. He studied Forestry at Inverness College, and undertook undergraduate study at Abertay University and postgraduate study at Dundee University. As a student, Joe held the posts of NUS North of Scotland Convenor and Sabbatical President of Inverness College Students Association.