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.
Represents Aberlady and is Vice Chairman
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 BARBOUR OBE
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.
Married with 3 sons and dog.
I play golf, am a keen gardener, genealogist and RDA volunteer.
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.
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.”
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.
BONNIE MACMILLAN SECRETARY
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.
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