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.
CHAIRMAN: Cliff Hague OBE
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.
TREASURER: 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.
A litigation lawyer with around 20 years practice experience working in Edinburgh as a solicitor, primarily in the fields of public and administrative law including environmental law, human rights and judicial review. Her legal training was with Drummond Miller. Having moved to Balfour+Manson LLP, she progressed from being a legal assistant to associate and is now a partner.
She received a rigorous education under a communist regime, but arrived in this country aged 21 a confirmed sceptic, with well-developed critical faculties. At Edinburgh University she studied Russian and History of Art, followed later by an accelerated LLB and Diploma in Legal Practice. Between these degrees she worked with refugees, first as a translator/interpreter and support worker, then as manager with the Bosnia Project then the Kosovo Project.
“My interest in conservation - I come from a place where there has been much destruction and little recognition of the value of history. It is difficult to overestimate the importance, for the health of individuals and communities and their identity, of the environment in terms of architecture, infrastructure, public space and green space, and their interrelations. I have lived in Edinburgh for over 30 years, and having since 1989 lived on George IV Bridge, studied at the Old College, worked in Moray Place and Frederick Street, it has been easy to be convinced of its beauty, but also of its vulnerability: to developers’ predilection for over-development, pastiche or anonymity or simple “tat”, and the threat to public and green spaces through lack of regulation. This is why the Cockburn Association matters. If it raises public awareness, improves quality of debate, assists public engagement in thinking about the importance of architecture, space and its usage, it is doing a good job.”
Alastair is currently a Director with 3DReid’s Architects in Edinburgh. He has over twenty years’ experience as a practicing architect and development professional in the United Kingdom. Throughout his career, he has focused on design, strategic development and client delivery. He has delivered complex planning solutions for a number of executive clients worldwide in the residential, hotel and conservation sectors.
Alastair holds a Masters in Architectural Conservation from the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, University of Edinburgh. He has been involved in conservation for the whole of his career and has established a reputation for imaginative intervention and sensitivity to the unique grain of the city. Alastair is currently the Convenor of the Cockburn Urban Design Group, having sat on the Planning Cases Committee since 2005.
Alastair has successfully funded and delivered projects through Creative Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund. He is the founding director of the prominent arts commissioning organisation North Light Arts and has successfully funded a series of extensive visual arts programmes while working to support emergent and established artists in Scotland. Alastair is leading the emerging arts consultancy Art Root and sits on the council of the Society of Scottish Artists.
Stephen is a chartered Architect and Town Planner with a strong grounding in urban design, placemaking and conservation.
He has experience in the private sector as an architect and in the local authority as a town planner, with responsibilities including urban design, built and natural heritage, conservation, major development areas, policy and delivery. Stephen served on the City of Edinburgh Council's economic development service working on sustainable exemplar project delivery. He is currently Chairman of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust and a councillor for the New Town and Broughton Community Council. He has lectured on architecture and conservation at the Edinburgh College of Art.
He is a member of the Cockburn Urban Design Group.
Jack is a chartered architect. In 1973 he joined Livingston Development Corporation, initially to manage a programme of industrial expansion, eventually becoming Head of Design and Depute Director. He joined Glasgow City Council in 1992 as Senior Depute Director, Department of Architecture and Related Services.
In the late 90s he became Technical Advisor to the National Stadium on the re-development of Hampden project.
He has been an active member of the EAA and RIAS Councils, Convenor of Practice, Chairman of the Scottish Building Contract Committee and member of the Joint Contracts Tribunal in London. The establishment of the Scottish Parliament brought the post of RIAS Parliamentary Officer with its requirement to interface with the new MSPs on all aspects of interest to the architectural profession. He established the Cross-Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment to which he served as secretary.
In 2002, Jack was invited to assist the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) on the Little Houses Improvement Scheme, managing the restoration and conversion of the Merchant’s House in Bo’ness. Other involvement with the NTS followed on Little Houses projects. As a senior member of the RIAS he was asked by the President to assist as Acting Chief Executive for six months.
Since retirement he has expanded personal interests in architecture, conservation and the arts, including serving four years as Honorary Architect in the Scottish Arts Club. Membership of the Cockburn, Saltire Society (Council Member), New Town and Broughton Community Council, European Movement, Chairman of the Northumberland and Nelson Street Association and many other cultural organisations.
Jack’s interests are focussed on the preservation of the landscape, townscape and architectural heritage of our City and in the sustainability of its growth.
Considers himself a proud Edinburgh native. A Compliance Auditor by profession, between 2012 and 2017 he served as a Councillor in the City's Almond Ward and participated in a wide variety of planning and development matters over that time, particularly supporting and standing up for the preservation of beloved green spaces and conservation areas against the threat of unpopular development propositions. His experience in local government consisted of many meetings with Planning Officers, collaboration with fellow Elected Members, and presenting cases on behalf of constituents to the Planning Committee both verbally and in written form. He has also worked with campaign groups in their pursuit to raise awareness about specific community planning issues and encouraged them to make necessary deputations before Elected Members and Authority Officials.
John is the Coordinator of the Scottish Traditional Building Forum, the Secretary of the Scottish Contractors’ Group and fulfils roles in several other organisations which actively promote and support traditional building skills.
John helped establish the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival (part of recent Edinburgh Festival Fringe) to demonstrate the traditional building skills and materials to interested individuals. He has contributed events for Scottish Apprenticeship Week and festivals celebrating Scotland's traditional buildings.
John has also worked with Glasgow Institute of Architects, National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Glasgow City Heritage Trust.
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.
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.