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The Cockburn Team

The Cockburn Association has a part-time membership & administration assistant, and a part-time Assistant Director, supported by volunteers and interns.


Assistant Director

James Garry BSc (Hons), MSc, MRTPI, MCIEEM, CEnv

James is a Chartered Environmentalist and Chartered Planner. He is a  graduate of Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and he is currently engaged in a part-time Classics degree programme with the Open University.  Before joining the Cockburn he followed a professional career with several Scottish local authorities and Public Bodies specialising in sustainability, carbon and climate issues.


Membership & Administration 

Joe Taylor BSc (Hons), BA

Joe graduated from Napier University in 2011 with a degree in Architectural Technology following a degree in History & Drama. He worked in marketing and hospitality before joining the Association where he assists with membership and office administration.











Previous Director

Marion Williams BSc (Hons), FRSA

Marion took up post in November 2009. She brought a wealth of experience in the areas of planning, heritage and culture. She has been actively involved in planning, public consultation, appeals procedures and campaigns; sat on a regional Heritage Lottery Fund committee, Chaired a regional Museums Libraries & Archives Council, was a Board member of a regional Cultural Consortium and Chaired an NHS Care Trust. With a degree in Politics and Environment Marion has worked for a Member of Parliament and a member of the European Parliament and been involved constructively in many campaigns, has experience of sitting on an Environment Agency Area Board and representing cultural interests on a Regional Planning Guidance team. 

Before joining the Association Marion worked as the Development Manager for the OneCity Trust in Edinburgh.

As Director Marion is the staff member with responsibility for delivering the overall success of the Association through effective external working and internal organisation as instructed by the Cockburn Council.

Marion has been an Executive Member of ICOMOS-UK, sat on the Edinburgh Living Landscapes and the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership boards, and the George Street and Princes Street Gardens steering groups. She is now a Trustree of the Ross Development Trust

Marion left the Association in March 2017.