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Born in Colinton where I have lived for all but 15 years. I have always taken great interest in Colinton and the much-valued open spaces within and around it which I see as a very important asset. For some years I served on the committee of Colinton Amenity Association involved with one of the local Pentlands Neighbourhood Partnership subgroups and supporting improvements to Redford Woods, Spylaw Public Park and the consultation on the management plan for Dreghorn Woods. For 27 years I worked for a major multinational healthcare company as a specialist scientific photographer developing novel techniques in electron microsopy to support the research work of the company gaining a Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photography. Latterly involved in marketing media, developing training materials and a product website. Now self-employed hosting and building internet websites for individuals and small businesses.