Acting ChairmanClaire attended school in North Berwick from the age of 11. She left to study Geography at university and after a period of time living and working in Edinburgh, she resettled back to North Berwick with her family. She now has 2 young children, both attending Law Primary School. Claire worked for RBS for 8 years in the Community Investment and Community Development Banking teams.
She has a keen interest in how communities operate and how the most vulnerable within communities can be supported and provided for. Claire also sits on the Community Centre Management Committee and on Law Primary Parent Council
Born in Edinburgh Ian moved to North Berwick in 1958 and was educated at North Berwick Primary & High Schools. He started work with a local Radio & TV shop and then worked in sound recording and electronics before setting up in own electrical business in 1972.
He was elected to the Community Council in 1986, and is a past Chair and Treasurer. Currently he is Chair of both Youth Network & Youth Cafe.
Vice ChairmanOlwyn has lived in North Berwick for 22 years and her son attended the High School. For 40 years her career was in archaeology and heritage management, and she has published numerous books and articles about Scotland’s heritage. Until December 2015, she worked for Historic Scotland as head of a team responsible for protecting Scotland’s historic sites and monuments.
She was involved in development of the Seabird Centre, working to protect the archaeology on Anchor Green and ensuring the church remains were conserved and interpreted during the project. She has been a Trustee of the Coastal Communities Museum and the Youth Cafe. She is passionate about conservation of our beautiful town, environmental issues and improving opportunities for young people.
TreasurerJudy grew up in North Berwick, attending both local schools. She then completed a joint honours degree in Economics and Law at the University of Northampton. Following her studies, Judy worked in London before relocating back to Scotland and currently works as an auditor. Judy is extremely fond of North Berwick and keen to do what she can to ensure that our lovely seaside town is not lost as it continues to grow. She is keen to work to ensure that the continued development of the town is on agreeable terms and with our local people in mind.
William R Macnair
Bill was born in North Berwick. Educated North Berwick and Napier College. He served a local Electrical Engineering apprenticeship followed by 3 years in the Merchant Navy and 19 years in the offshore industry, [exploration, construction, and commissioning, production, and subsea installations], took over the running of the family business, Gilsland Caravan Park in 1990 and retired in 2013. He also served on the Committee of the East Lothian Tourist Board before becoming a director of the Edinburgh & Lothian’s Tourist Board until its demise and amalgamation with Visit Scotland and also helped form EL Tourist Forum and served as Chairman for a number of years.
He has a great love of North Berwick, the town and people. He has watched it grow throughout his life, welcomes the many benefits this growth has brought and believes if a town is pleasant to live in it’s a good town for tourism and business. He loves the community spirit and sees this reflected in the many and diverse groups and clubs. He sees this as our great strength and this is what he wishes to support. Bill was elected onto the North Berwick Community Council 1997.
Kathryn has lived in North Berwick since 1968. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she was in legal practice in Edinburgh for some 20 years. Kathryn has been a political activist for over 30 years, Chairman of East Lothian Conservatives for seven years and Organising Secretary since 1999, a position from which she recently retired.
A keen golfer Kathryn is a past Captain of North Berwick Ladies. She has been a member of the Community Council since 2004 and a member of North Berwick Trust since 2008.
Gordon was born in India to Scottish parents and moved around considerably before returning to Scotland. He has lived in North Berwick for over ten years and intends to remain here indefinitely. For most of his working life he has been in senior financial roles with a number of commercial companies. Latterly he carried out several short term financial roles with the Welsh Rugby Union, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and several other firms in Edinburgh.
He is retired a few years ago and fills his time with a variety of interests including golf, learning Gaelic, walking the family dog and local history. He has been a Trustee of the Coastal Communities Museum in North Berwick for five years, initially as Treasurer and more recently as Chair.
Sue NorthropSue has lived in North Berwick for 10 years. After caring for family members with dementia for more than 20 years, she set up Dementia Friendly East Lothian in 2014 and now works across the county and beyond to help make communities more inclusive and supportive of people living with dementia and carers. Sue also works collaboratively to improve services and organises Friendship Groups and events for people affected by dementia.
Sue is also a qualified Yoga teacher, teaching all ages in a range of settings including care homes and day centres. She is also a member of the North Berwick Community Centre Management Committee, Chair of Carers Scotland’s Advisory Committee and a member of Marie Curie’s Scottish Advisory Board. Previously Sue has worked for the Scottish Government, Stirling University and local government. She obtained her undergraduate and Doctorate degrees in Psychology at St Andrew’s University and has just completed a Masters in Dementia Studies at Stirling University.
Sue is actively involved in the community with a particular passion for bringing the generations together to make friendships and reduce social isolation. She works with a range of groups to help create a community where everyone feels valued and included and which is supportive and open to everyone. She has a particular focus on including older people, people living with dementia and carers.
Lesley has lived in North Berwick for 18 years and for the last 12 years has been the Project Director of North Berwick Youth Project. When she took over the project, she prioritised developing community links.
She was previously Co Chair of the North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership, which has initiated a ‘Community Conversation’ to make the area an even better place to live, work, visit and get around. She is committed to engaging with the community and is very keen to encourage inclusivity to make sure all groups get an opportunity to put their views forward.
She chairs the Lime Grove Asset Transfer Group of the Area Partnership, which is trying to save the Lime Grove site for the community.
Lesley also chairs the On the Move Sub Group and is a member and Treasurer of the following groups: North Berwick and Area Children and Youth Network which supports the interests of young people in the area, North Berwick Arts Centre Steering Group, which is working to bring a performing arts centre to the town and the Friends of the Lodge. She is also a member of North Berwick Trust and the Friends of the Edington.
Geraldine Prince, elected to the Community Council in November 2017, has a wide range of experience in the arts and lifelong learning and is looking forward to serving the town where she has lived since 2001.
Lewis was born in Oxfordshire and has lived in Scotland for over 38 years.
He moved to North Berwick approx. 2 years ago but has been coming here for many years and takes great interest in the future of the town. He is on the Youth Committee at Rotary and is interested in activities in both Law Primary and the High School.
He was a Quantity Surveyor for many years, but is newly retired. He volunteers at the British Heart Foundation and the Coastal Communities Museum both in North Berwick plus East Lothian Works.
Elected to the North Berwick Community Council November 2017.