How the Community Councillors are selected
Community Councillors are elected every four years. The next election will be in 2020. The Community Council also has the power to co-opt additional councillors. Four elected councillors represent the Gullane ward, four represent the Aberlady ward, one represents the Dirleton ward and one the Drem ward.
Gullane Area Community Councillors
| Donald Hay, Chairman
Donald represents Aberlady, where he has lived for 21 years. He is a retired Laboratory Manager, working in Biological and Medical research. His main interests are gardening, local social history, walking, reading and volunteering at the Nature Reserve. Donald is chairman of the Aberlady Community Association and is on the committee of the NBCA partnership.
|Tom Drysdale, Vice Chairman
Tom has been one of the two Dirleton representatives 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 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. On the Community Council he takes a particular interest in matters relating to planning and conservation.
|Karen MacDougall, Treasurer
Karen has lived in Gullane for 8 years since her arrival from London with husband Paul. Karen has 3 young children who all attend the local school and she has been an active member of the PTA, Gullane Swim Club, Gullane Hockey Club and the Village Hall. In her occasional free time Karen hosts a radio show Chatty Women on the local radio station East Coast FM. Karen believes that the more you put into something the more you get out of it and that is true of village life. She grew up in a village to the West of Glasgow where her parents were actively involved in the local community so fully understands the benefits participation can bring.
Martin was co-opted on to the Community Council in 2015 to represent the hamlet of West Fenton. He and his wife have lived in West Fenton since 2008, moving there soon after he retired as an IT consultant. His many interests include sailing, much of it from North Berwick to Elie, and local history. He is also a trustee of the Coastal Communities Museum. He has a strong interest in protecting and promoting this great coastal area with its long and interesting heritage.
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
Dorothy represents Gullane on the Community Council, where she has lived for 17 years. She is a retired dentist and is married with three sons and a dog. In her spare time Dorothy plays golf and volunteers at Muirfield Riding Therapy.
John represents Gullane on the Community Council.
Malcolm Duck represents Aberlady, he has been a Director of Ducks at Kilspindie since 2004. He was the founding chairman of the East Lothian Golf Tourism Alliance and is co-Director of Scotland’s Golf Coast. He takes a great interest in the local area and is heavily involved in local tourism. Malcolm is very keen on wild life, golf, rugby, food and drink. He served for 11 years as an officer in the Royal Marines seeing action in the Falklands and Northern Ireland. He then ran Ducks at Le Marche Noir restaurant in Edinburgh where he also founded the Edinburgh Restaurateurs Association which he still chairs. He is married to Fiona and has a daughter Michele and a son Malcolm Og, both whom attended school in North Berwick.
Bill was co-opted on to the Community Council in 2017 to represent Aberlady. He has recently moved to Aberlady from Edinburgh to be near family. Bill worked in local government for almost 30 years helping elected representatives, individuals, groups and communities identify, voice and work towards their priorities. Bill is retired but works part time for a local organisation and charity. Bill is a keen golfer, cyclist, walker and devoted grandfather. Bill is particularly interested in mental health issues and how individuals wellbeing can be supported by their community and environment.
Gordon was co-opted on to the community council in 2018 to represent Gullane. He is a retired Inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, married to Liz and has lived in Gullane for over 10 years. He has a grown up family and three grandchildren His interests include golf, walking, pilates and gardening.
Gullane Area Community Council Secretary
Emma has lived in Gullane since 2015 after 16 years in London. She has worked primarily in fundraising and youth work in the third sector, with her last role as Chief Executive of YMCA Edinburgh. Emma has also recently becoming a Community Champion for See Me Scotland tackling stigma and discrimination around mental health. Her interests include; walking, yoga, and music.
East Lothian Council, North Berwick Coastal Ward members
|Jeremy Findlay, Scottish Conservatives|
|Jim Goodfellow, Scottish Labour|
|Jane Henderson, Scottish Conservatives|