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The Cockburn Council

PRESIDENT: Sir Sandy Crombie

Sir Sandy Crombie became President of the Cockburn Association in October 2009.

After joining Standard Life as a trainee actuary, Sir Sandy was appointed Chief Executive of Standard Life Investments when it was launched in 1998 and appointed group chief executive in 2004.  Sir Sandy retired from Standard Life in 2009 and is now an independent director at the Royal Bank of Scotland.   He has recently been appointed as the first Chairman of Creative Scotland, the new Scottish government arts body.   Sir Sandy is also Chairman of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.   He received a knighthood for services to insurance in the 2009 New Year Honours.



Cliff is a freelance consultant, researcher, author and trainer. He is Professor Emeritus of Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute and of the Commonwealth Association of Planners and past Chair of Built Environment Forum Scotland.



Andrew MacLeod was educated and spent most of his working life in Edinburgh. He is a graduate in politics, philosophy and economics. His early career was as a professional economist in the civil service. He then occupied a range of senior civil service policy and managerial positions. His work experience included employment and skills policy; welfare to work; regional and business development; fisheries protection and enforcement; and healthcare quality and regulation. In his final civil service role he was closely involved in developing the healthcare quality strategy for NHS Scotland, and helped to establish the Sheila McLean review group on no-fault compensation for clinical incidents.

He retains a strong interest in quality issues, and patient engagement in the NHS. Andrew is a member of the Management & Finance Committee.


TREASURER: vacancy


Pam Barnes

Pam is concerned at the continuing loss of Green Belt and Open Space in the city which will never be recovered. Pam hopes to contribute to the Cockburn Association's attempts to engage with these and other challenges.


Keir Bloomer

An independent education consultant Keir is also Chair of the Education Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Chair of the Scottish Book Trust, Chair of the Tapestry Partnership (a professional development organisation for teachers) and Chair of the Commission on School Reform.


In addition, he is a member of the Committee of the Duddingston Conservation Society, the Board of Reform Scotland and the Scotland/China Education Network. He was Director of Education and later Chief Executive of Clackmannanshire Council, a post from which he retired in May 2007.  He is immediate ex-Chair of the Court (Governing body) of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He now undertakes curriculum and professional development work with the Scottish Government, local authorities, national agencies and schools.  

Duncan Campbell

A graduate of Edinburgh University (BSc Forestry Hon) and Newcastle upon Tyne University (Dip. Landscape Architecture) Duncan has a notable curriculum vitae: Forestry Commission Forest Manager, 1960-73; Landscape Architect., 1973-80; Head of Design and Recreation, 1980-85; Head of Environment, 1985-88; Director, Countryside Commission for Scotland, 1988-92; Director of Communications, Scottish Natural Heritage, 1992-95; Director, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust Ltd, 1997-2007; Colinton Community Conservation Trust Ltd. since 2000; Mavisbank Trust Ltd. Since 2002; Chair Colinton Amenity Assoc., 2002 – 2005; Member of Council, Scottish Council for National Parks, 1997-2007. Duncan received the Scottish Civic Trust’s ‘Civic Champion’ Award for 2013.

Duncan is a long serving member of the Association and Convenor of the Strategic Planning & Environment Committee.


Iain MacPhail

Iain is a consultant with Justin Lamb Associates, having previously worked for City of Edinburgh Council as an Affordable Housing Advisor and City Centre Development Manager for 10 years.


Robin Mair

After graduating from Edinburgh University, Robin worked with a number of global multi nationals in senior management positions. laterally as Vice President of Black and Decker and then Global Operations Director of Foseco Ltd, the speciality chemicals division of Burmah Castrol. 


Richard Rodger

Richard is a Professor of Economic and Social History at Edinburgh University. He has published widely on the economic, business and urban history of Britain from 1800 to the present day. As author and editor, Richard has published 16 books, and over 100 articles and chapters; he was General Editor for a series of 40 books under the title of Historical Urban Studies, and was Editor of Urban History, published by Cambridge University Press, between 1987 and 2007. Richard is a member of the Cases Committee.


Richard Scothorne

Richard has lived in Edinburgh for over 20 years.  He has a Masters Degree in Urban Design from Edinburgh University and worked as a planner in Gloucester and Aberdeen before being appointed Depute Director of Planning and Head of Economic Development for Lothian Regional Council.  He then went into consultancy and is a founding Director of Rocket Science which works across the UK from its offices in Edinburgh, Newcastle and London, focusing on performance improvement in services for the public.  Richard has specific expertise in economic regeneration, employability and skills and is a highly experienced facilitator working for a wide range of international, national and local clients and a range of public and public/private Boards. Having lived in the New Town, West End, Stockbridge and Murrayfield he now lives with his family in Newington and he is a Committee member of the Blacket Association.


Rosemary Woodroffe

Rosemary read Classics at Girton College, Cambridge and is a solicitor and a member of the Society of Writers to HM Signet. She is Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. A Burgess of the City of Edinburgh, she is a former Deacon of the Incorporation of Bonnet makers & Dyers of Edinburgh and company secretary of The Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust. Rosemary is a member of the Management & Finance Committee.


There are two vacancies on Cockburn Council - if you would like information please contact us