Council Members

Merchiston Community Council has a number of elected members. If you’d like to contact any of us, please fill in the contact form.

Tom Graveson


I am retired and have lived in the area for over forty years. On the Community Council I attend South West Neighbourhood Partnership Meetings and Community Walkabouts.

Mairianna Clyde


I’ve been a member of Merchiston Community Council for about ten years. My main roles are in planning, where I act as the planning lead, but I’m also interested in traffic, parking (ensuring the Controlled Parking Zones are working effectively), health and well-being, and parks and green-spaces. I usually represent MCC at the walkabouts undertaken by South West Neighbourhood Partnership in the Ward 9 part of the community council area. (So if you have any issues re pavements, roads, park, email us!)

Guillaume Evrard


Frances Hawarden


I have been Treasurer for Merchiston Community Council from 2005 to date.  A self-imposed project is currently to research a secure and efficient option for fully digitized payments and record-keeping.

James Geekie

MCC Member

I have served on Merchiston Community Council since the mid-1980s. I actually twice became a member through contested elections, first representing North Merchiston Residents Association in a Nominated Groups election, and then three years later as an individual on the only occasion when there were more candidates than vacancies, resulting in a full-scale poll.  
A retired schoolteacher, I take an interest in local education issues. I regularly participate in Walkabouts in the SWNP part of our area and attend SWNP meetings as a substitute when required.

Daniel Cairns

MCC Member

Ian Clement

MCC Member

Ian Doig

MCC Member

I have been a Merchiston Community Council Member since 2005 and have lived in Merchiston since 1982. Professionally, I am an accountant and am currently self-employed as a non-executive director and independent consultant. 
My particular MCC interests are Public Safety, Policing, Environmental Issues and Community Involvement. I have been closely involved in addressing parking issues in Merchiston, including monitoring Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ).
I act as Chair of the CEC Funding Panel for the South West Community Partnership, which awards community grants to a range of organisation across SW Edinburgh. I am a founder member of the Merchiston and Polwarth Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

My other activities include Trustee Board Member of the National Trust for Scotland, Board Member of the Care Inspectorate, Board Member of the National Records of Scotland and previously Board Member of SEPA and SSSC.

Hugh Halcrow

MCC Member

I am retired and have resided in the Shandon area for many years. I represent Merchiston Community Council on the Canal Community Action Group (CCAG and  the Canal Festival Working Group (CFWG).

Joan M Houston

MCC Member

I am in my second year as a member of Merchiston Community Council. I have lived in Merchiston for 12 years and the impact of George Watson College on the local residents concerning traffic and parking has been of great concern. I sustained a fractured shoulder after tripping on a pavement in Glasgow and hence I reviewed the condition of pavements in my local area. 
I am the MCC representative on the George Watsons College Community Forum.

Vivien Kitteringham

MCC Member

I am entering my second year on Merchiston Community Council and am particularly interested in developing ways of improving reciprocal communication between MCC and the neighbourhood we represent. Please do get in touch with any local issues where you think we may be able to help. 
As a retired science and psychology teacher, I have a strong interest in the local and wider environment, transport and planning, especially encouraging and maintaining strong communities. As a volunteer with Re-Union I love the Union Canal and am keen to see it well maintained and accessible for as many local residents as possible.

Ewan Klein

MCC Member

I have a strong interest in active travel (walking and cycling) as a key contributor to better health and a better environment. I believe that sustainability of the city should be one of our primary goals, and that community action is crucial for achieving this.

I have recently retired as a member of staff from the University of Edinburgh, and still have an interest in education, especially for young people. One of my roles is acting as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Prewired coding club for under 19s.

Bridget Stevens

MCC Member

Former Merchiston Community Council Chair, currently our representative on various City of Edinburgh Council committees. Chair of SEAFA (South Edinburgh Arts Fair Association) which organises an annual public event designed to showcase the many opportunities which exist in this area for people aged over 50 to become involved in interesting, enjoyable and useful activities — such as joining MCC! Chair of local charity TapIntoIt.

Edward Tate

MCC Member

Helen Zealley

Co-opted Member

I have been co-opted to represent Merchiston Community Council on the Astley Ainslie Hospital Community Engagement Group (AAHCEG) – a group involving four Community Councils and the Grange Association appointed by NHS Lothian to facilitate effective public consultation in the development of a ‘place brief’ for the future of the AAH site.   The place brief will provide the framework for future development of the hospital grounds when the health services currently provided on the site transfer to the Royal Edinburgh Campus around 2022.   In the past I worked on the AAH campus and more recently I have, with colleagues from the Group, been leading walks around the hospital grounds for members of the public.