Council of the Cockburn Association
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, where he also served as Secretary-General.
Through the 1970s, Cliff provided voluntary assistance on planning and housing to the Craigmillar Festival Society, a community group in Edinburgh’s largest public housing estate. From the mid-1970s until the late 1980s he was part of the Radical Institute Group that sought reform within the Royal Town Planning Institute. As well as teaching planning and housing at Heriot-Watt University, he also worked as a part-time tutor for the Open University on social science courses during the 1970s and 1980s.
From 2011 until 2014, he was Chairman of the Built Environment Forum Scotland. He was one of the senior planning academics invited to take part in the Encounters in Planning Thought project at the Technical University of Vienna. In Riga, in 2013, he gave one of the six Association of European Schools of Planning/International Federation of Housing and Planning anniversary lectures.
From 2008 until 2015 he led the RTPI team that provided the UK Contact Point for the ESPON programme (ESPON is the European Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion). In 2011, he chaired the Commonwealth expert group on urbanisation.
He is a member of the UK’s Academy for the Social Sciences. He is a Patron of Planning Aid Scotland. In 2016, he became Chair of the Cockburn Association. He was awarded the O.B.E. in the 2016 Birthday Honours.
Cliff convenes the Management & Finance Committee.
Treasurer – Robin Mair
After graduating from Edinburgh University Robin worked for a number multinational manufacturing companies in senior management positions latterly as a Vice President of Black & Decker Inc. He has served on the boards of a number of private companies, was a member of the Confederation of British Industry’s National Manufacturing Council and a director of the County Durham Development Corporation.
He chaired the Board of Governors of Hurworth Comprehensive School for a number of years and was a member of the executive committee of his local branch of the Samaritans. On retiring he returned to live in Edinburgh where he is Treasurer of the Cockburn Association and Chair of his local residents Association.
Alastair is a Chartered Architect based 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.
Alastair is a member of the Policy and Development Committee and chairs the Cockburn Urban Design Group.
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 Policy and Development Committee.
Claire Mitchell QC
Claire studied law at the University of Glasgow and was called at the Scottish Bar in 2003, having been a solicitor in private practice since 1996.
She has a particular interest in criminal law and extradition. She has built up a strong Appeal Court practice, with an emphasis on constitutional, human rights and sentencing questions. She has attended the Privy Council and Supreme Court on a number of occasions in relation to cases of general public importance to the law of Scotland. At the 2013 Law Awards of Scotland, she received a “Special Recognition Award” for her contribution to legal thinking over the previous decade.
Claire is the founder of Witches of Scotland, a campaign for justice seeking a legal pardon, public apology and national monument for the thousands of people – mostly women – that were convicted of witchcraft and executed between 1563 and 1736 in Scotland. She joined the Council at the AGM in May 2021.
Mark served as Member of the Westminster Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith between 2001 – 2015 and was a Councillor for City of Edinburgh District Council between 1980 and 2001, acting as Leader of the Council from 1986 to 1993.
Mark studied Moral Philosophy & Medieval History at St Andrews University (1st class Hons) before going on to receive his LL.B (with distinction) and his Diploma in Legal Practice, both from University of Edinburgh. He is an Advocate at the Scottish Bar joining in 1996, and returning in July 2015 following his Parliamentary service, where his current practice is mainly in public and administrative law, with extensive experience in judicial review.
At various times throughout his career, Mark has been a member of New Town, Broughton & Pilrig Community Council, Leith History Society, Edinburgh Festival Society, community organisations in Wester Hailes, Friends of Inverleith Park and a Founder of Better Broughton campaign. He is also Founder and chair of the Citizens’ Rights Project, providing information, representation and advocacy for EU27 citizens in Scotland. He is an Honorary Fellow of Scottish Environment Link. He was a long-standing member of the Association before he was co-opted onto the Cockburn Council in January 2021 and formally voted on at the AGM in May 2021.
Dr Bill Moyes
Bill is the current Chair of the Gambling Commission, which regulates all forms of commercial gambling in Great Britain and the National Lottery, and of the General Dental Council, which is the professional regulator of dentists and dental care professionals in the UK. His previous non-executive directorships have included the Priory Hospital Group, the Legal Services Board, the Office of Fair Trading and the Council of the University of Surrey and chair of its audit committee; the Chairmanship of the Board of Governors of Heythrop College (a constituent college of the University of London); and being a trustee of the Catholic Trust of England and Wales.
His executive career included a range of Civil Service policy-making roles in Whitehall, including the Economic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, and in various departments of the then Scottish Office; Head of Infrastructure Finance in the Bank of Scotland, Director-General of the British Retail Consortium; and Executive Chairman of The Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts (“Monitor”).
Bill was educated at Edinburgh University, where he completed a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry. He is a long-term member of the Cockburn Association, the Grange Association and the Astley Ainslie Community Trust and was elected to the Cockburn Council in May 2021.
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.
Alastair was initially elected to the Cockburn Council in 2018 and re-elected in May 2021 and is a member of our Management & Finance 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.
Richard is a member of the Management & Finance Committee.
Professor Richard Rodger
Richard is Professor of Economic and Social History at Edinburgh University. He has published widely on the economic, business and urban history of Britain since 1800. His book The Transformation of Edinburgh: Land, Property and Trust in the Nineteenth Century was awarded the Frank Watson Prize for works on Scottish history.
Ongoing research involves projects on the development of public health in Victorian Scotland, and a study of Edinburgh trusts as part of a comparative analysis of legal and institutional factors affecting the trajectory of urban development. This research strand began while undertaking MA and PhD degrees in Economics and Economic History at Edinburgh, and continued during appointments at Liverpool, Kansas and Leicester Universities, where Rodger was until recently Professor of Urban History and Director of the East Midlands Oral History Archive. As author and editor, Rodger 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.
Mariana Trusson BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MIMechE, LCIBSE, BREEAM AP, LEED AP, LCC, LCEA
She lives in Edinburgh and is a chartered engineer, a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Council and chairs a number of it’s steering groups. She is an enthusiastic advocate for practical, realistic design measures and actions that make a difference.
Mariana has led a number of building physics, health, wellbeing and sustainability teams for building services consultancies in Scotland and the North East.
Mariana specialises in sustainable design strategy, in resource/energy efficiency for new and existing buildings as well as industrial processes. She uses dynamic building simulation and environmental assessments such as BREEAM, LEED and WELL to verify the effectiveness of her recommendations. She is a guest speaker at Herriot Watt and Strathclyde Universities as well as a provider of CPD seminars for The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In her spare time Mariana writes about sustainable buildings and chairs the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership.