TOM DRYSDALE  Chairman                                                                                                Tom has been a  Dirleton representative on the Community Council since 2012. A lawyer by profession, he was in private practice in Edinburgh from 1967 until 2004 and thereafter held a number of part time posts in government service, before retiring fully at the end of 2013. He is a past Chairman of Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre and for 10 years he sat as a part time Tribunal Judge on social security appeals. He has lived in Dirleton since 2008 and takes a keen interest in village matters, being a committee member, and former secretary, of the Dirleton Village Association.  He was elected Vice Chairman of the Community Council in 2014, a post he held until August 2018, when he was elected Chairman. He has a particular interest in local matters relating to planning and conservation and until the end of 2017 he was the Council’s planning spokesman. His interests also include walking, skiing, gardening and legal history.

MALCOLM  DUCK     Vice Chairman 

Represents Aberlady and is Vice Chairman

Malcolm Duck, born November 1960, married to Fiona with two children, a boy and a girl who both attended North Berwick High School. Educated in Mallaig and Dollar Academy Malcolm joined the Royal Marines as a young officer in 1990 where he served for 11 years commanding men in the Falklands Conflic and Norther Ireland.  He move into hospitality in 1991 when he bought Ducks at Le Marche Noir in Edinbugh which he ran till 2011.  It was the longest serving restaurant in the Michelin Guide.  He opened Ducks Inn in 2004 (Ducks’s at Kilspidie House) Aberlady and was responsible for the catering at Lennoxlove. Malcolm was the founding chairman of the Edinburgh Restaurateurs association and East Lothian Golf Tourism Group (Scotland’s Golf Coast) and is a firm believer in collaborative working.  He is responsible for digital tourism for the Scotland’s Golf Coast Group. A keen sportsman Malcolm played rugby, refereed to premier two level, was in the Sottish Commonwealth Games fencing squad.  He has a golf handicap of 7.


Gordon represents Gullane  and has been a resident in Gullane for over 12 years and is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  Gordon was employed by the Health and Safety Executive as an Inspector and has been retired for 8 years. His interests include golfing, gardening ,walking and pilates.


James is a co opted member of the Community Council.
James enjoyed a successful 35 year U.K.  wide career in health care management , before taking voluntary retiral  in 2012, in order to take up  a Visiting Professorship in Health Policy at the University of Strathclyde .He retired from that role in 2015.
James has lived in Aberlady for 16 years .He actively enjoys dog  walking in the beautiful countryside of East Lothian ,and is keen to preserve this for future generations.


Sian represents Drem on the Community Council. She has lived in the village for the past ten years, and works in local government.  She is a member of the local Residents Association.


I have lived in Gullane for 19 years.
Retired dentist.
Married with 3 sons and dog.
I play golf, am a keen gardener, genealogist and RDA volunteer.
Interested in local environmental issues.


I represent West Fenton. Retired for longer than I can remember, my time is spent writing, reading, sailing and drinking coffee and wine, but not always in that order. I represent the Gullane Area at the Coastal Communities Museum in North Berwick, with a particular interest in things that span the area, Robert Louis Stevenson being one of them. I coordinate the Community Council responses on Development Planning matters, and am still sulking following the ‘stitch up’ that saw four Gullane sites allocated in the New Local Development Plan.


John represents Gullane on the community council and has lived in the village for a number of years. John is convenor of the Local Priorities Fund Committee.


Karen Chapman joined the council 5 years ago  having lived in Gullane for over 10 years. Karen is an active member of Gullane having been treasurer of almost every local club at some time in the past 10 years and was one of the founding members of Monday Lunch Club now rebranded The Social and the bi-annual Burns Supper in the village. In her spare time Karen works for Aegon Asset Management as a Relationship Manager



Frank joined the community council in April 2019. He represents Aberlady, where he has been resident for the last three years. Born in the south of England, of a Scottish mother and an English father, he was brought up in Edinburgh. His `background is in electronics and process control, most recently in the public sector. He takes a particular interest in village services in Aberlady.


Les represents Gullane and has been resident in the village for past 2 years.
He has worked in financial services for over 20 years but now working within rail industry;
Keen interest in golf, rugby and European history.


Bonnie is a transplanted Texan who has lived in Scotland since 2001.
She moved to Gullane in October 2017 as her partner’s family is from the area.
Bonnie wanted to become more involved in the local community and thought
serving as the Community Council secretary would be a good place to start.