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. Six elected councillors represent the Gullane ward, four represent the Aberlady ward, two represent the Dirleton ward and one the Drem ward. At present there is a full complement of councillors for Gullane, Dirleton and Drem; there are three Aberlady councillors.
Gullane Area Community Councillors
|Tom Drysdale, Acting 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
One of the newer members of the council, 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 to name a few local associations. 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. Karen is now the treasurer of the Community Council.
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.
| Donald Hay
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.
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.
Representing Aberlady, Angus and his family have lived in the village since 1991. Angus is a Chartered Accountant. Having recently retired from the Board of an Edinburgh based business, he now consults in the private and charitable sectors in the areas of financial and operational management. He has served as Honorary Treasurer of St Adrian’s Church, Gullane since 2000. He is keenly interested in the birdlife of Aberlady Bay, where he often walks his dogs.
Gullane Area Community Council Secretary
Pamela is the secretary to the Gullane Area Community Council, and has lived in Gullane for over 20 years.
East Lothian Council, North Berwick Coastal Ward members
|Jim Goodfellow, Scottish Labour|
|Jeremy Findlay, Scottish Conservatives
Jeremy is Chairman of the Local Priorites Fund sub committee. He has lived in Gullane since 2006, although before that he holidayed in the village every year from 1985. He is a Golf Tour Operator, running his own company for overseas visitors to Scotland and Ireland and he takes a keen interest in the East Lothian tourism industry. He is a keen golfer himself and a member of Gullane Golf Club. He stood as an Independent Candidate in the 2012 local council elections and believes that local democracy depends on people being involved in their local community for the benefit of others.