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Community Council Members

Tom McDonald  - Chair    Ex-Officio Members
Dr David Houston  - Vice-Chair   Member of Parliament
Alistair Macleod  - Secretary   Joanna Cherry QC MP
Ian Cowie  - Treasurer    
Anne McDonald  - Engagement   Members of the Scottish Parliament
Greg Stark     Gordon MacDonald MSP (Edinburgh Pentlands)
Lorraine O'Shea     Sue Webber MSP (Lothians)
Sonia Rutherford     Councillors - City of Edinburgh Council
      Councillor Scott Arthur
Jennie Loudon   - Colinton Village Enterprise   Councillor Marco Biagi
      Councillor Jason Rust
       For details of Exofficio's surgeries CLICK HERE



Tom McDonald - Chair

My family moved into Colinton in 1986. Our children attended Bonaly Primary School, where I served on the school board till they left.
I have an honours degree in architecture and have run my own practice for 12yrs (ongoing). My previous career includes c.25yrs in many different forms of housing - including design, development, and senior management roles – active across most of Scotland, major cities in England and occasional foreign projects.
I am a member of the RIAS Government Committee.
My wife Anne owns a PR and training business. Both our businesses were based in Colinton for several years.
I believe all parts of a healthy community should be heard. Colinton Community Council can deliver that, and help to ensure beneficial change for the whole community is not thwarted by less inclusive interests.

Dr David Houston - Vice Chair

Resident in Colinton for over 30 years with my wife and family, I love the area. I have been Chair of Woodfield Park Residents Association most of that time where we manage woodland within the Conservation Area.

Originally a mathematical physicist, I entered IT management in the 1970s and my career started in ICI and then moved into local government including 12 years as a senior officer at the City of Edinburgh. Periods as a consultant in best value, e-government and change management followed. I was President of my professional society, chaired lots of meetings and returned there later as Finance Director during a period of strategic challenge.

Now that I am semi-retired, I have a bit more time to put something back into the community and offer significant general management skills to assist the development of the Community Council – a new entity tasked with representing the whole community of Colinton.

Alistair Macleod - Secretary

Alistair Macleod was born and brought up in Greenock when there were, then, more shipyards than call centres. He has been closely associated with ships all his life and has been involved in national consumer transport matters and shipping projects for over 35 years gaining broad experience of current business and consultancy practices within an international framework. Alistair has lived  with his wife in Colinton for 6 years. He was at Merchiston Castle School from 1953-57 so is not unfamiliar with Colinton over the years.

A Design Engineer by profession and an entrepreneur by nature, he has run his own companies from the age of 24. His businesses have ranged from energy and security management to marine interests and projects. He has vast experience of political lobbying, particularly regarding integrated transport for consumers. 

He was commissioned in 2004 by Brian Souter, Chief Executive of the Stagecoach Group, to conduct research on ferry opportunities in Scotland and UK. He has been Sir Brian Souter’s consultant on ferry projects on the Forth, Clyde, Loch Ness, Manchester, the Tyne and abroad. He managed the successful Forth Hovercraft trial in July 2007 for Stagecoach which carried over 32,000 passengers in 12 days.

He has written numerous articles and papers for marine and aviation publications and given many papers and talks to various organisations.

Ian Cowie - Treasurer

Ian joined the Community Council as a nominated member following the 2019 elections. He is also Treasurer of Colinton Village Enterprise

Anne McDonald - Engagement

Anne has lived in Colinton for thirty years with her architect husband Tom. They have two children, now in their thirties, both of whom went to Bonaly for their primary education. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Anne worked in the Scottish Office for several years, before leaving to start a family and pursuing a career as a freelance journalist. She wrote for various national newspapers and business/specialist magazines before setting up AM Communications, a Public Relations and Management Training Consultancy. Recently semi-retired, Anne is keen to become more involved with the community in Colinton. She hopes to bring a strong female voice and practical business skills to the work of the Colinton CC.

Lorraine O'Shea

A native of Ireland, who has also lived in New York and San Francisco, I moved to Scotland 15 years ago and have lived in Colinton ever since.
I have been involved with the local community for much of this time and have been Chair of CVE Group since 2011.
In my earlier career I was a marketing manager, but changed focus to become a mortgage and insurance broker. I now run a financial services business with my husband.
I enjoy my ‘extra-curricular’ role in helping to organise Art in the Park and CVE’s other events and projects including Christmas on the Corner and Colinton in Bloom. I hope to continue to promote community spirit by representing CVE Group on Colinton Community Council.

Greg Stark

Greg has been living in the Community Council area since early 2019 after moving from Colinton Mains with his wife and now two young children. After moving to Edinburgh from Fife in 2006 Greg worked across the city in Tesco Stores, supporting the roll out of the Express Format. After management posts in Logistics, Productivity and Sales he started at Queen Margaret University and moved into work with the third sector. Whilst working with a Learning Disability social care provider he achieved a BSc in Public Sociology. In 2019 Greg started working with the West Lothian Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and now holds the role of Senior Development Manager for Mental Health at St John’s Hospital in Livingston, employed by NHS Lothian. Greg is passionate about ensuring Colinton is accessible for everyone and hopes to be a voice for young families in the area at the Community Council level. You can contact either through the email above or on Twitter - @GregEdinburgh. 

Jennie Loudon (CVE)

Textile artist and part time childminder. I have lived in Colinton since 1985 and have been actively involved with Colinton Village Events since its inception.