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.
VICE CHAIRMAN: Andrew MacLeod
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.
ACTING 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.
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.
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.
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.
Carmela is a Chartered MCIPD professional with extensive experience in Human Resources Management.
Carmela took her degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University in Milan in 1997, where she nurtured her passion for the British and German cultures and deepened her interest for the humanistic area. Having previously worked for leading multinationals in managing HR roles, she moved to Bremen, in the north of Germany, in 2011, and relocated to Edinburgh in 2016, as part of her professional and multicultural journey.
Carmela has recently completed her advanced qualification in Human Resources Management and is currently involved in several charity and community projects where she can apply her expertise in HRM. She is supporting the Cockburn Association to improve HR processes and procedures in line with best practice and to implement a well structured people management strategy.
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.
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 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 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 read Classics at Girton College, Cambridge and is a solicitor and a member of the Society of Writers to HM Signet. She is Chair 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.
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