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.

Ian Doig

Ian Doig

Chair

Ian has been an MCC Member for 14 years and has lived in Merchiston since 1982.
Appointed Chair of MCC in 2019.

MCC interests include Public Services Modernisation to align with changing public demands, Policing, Public Safety, Environmental Issues, and Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ).

Community representative on SW Locality Community Planning Partnership, and Chair of CEC’s Community Grants Scheme for SW Edinburgh, which awards grants to a range of community organisations. Founder member of Merchiston and Polwarth Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Retired Chartered Accountant, specialising in public services finance and governance.
Other governance roles have included: National Trust for Scotland Trustee, Care Inspectorate Board, National Records of Scotland Board, SEPA Board, SSSC Board, Scottish Court Services, and Edinburgh College.

Daniel Cairns

Dan C

Secretary

Daniel has been a member of the MCC since early 2019

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Frances Hawarden

Treasurer

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.

 Vivien Kitteringham

Vivien Kitteringham

Vice Chair

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.

 Mairianna Clyde

Mairianna Clyde

MCC Member

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!)

Ewan Klein

Ewan Klein

MCC Web Administrator

I served as a member of Merchiston Community Council for two years until 2019 and since then have been co-opted to help support the MCC website administration.

I have lived in Merchiston for around 25 years. I have recently retired as a member of staff from the School of Informatics, 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

Bridget Stevens

MCC Member

Bridget Stevens, a former Chair of Merchiston Community Council, has lived in Merchiston for around 25 years.  In her current role as Licensing Lead, she attends CEC Licensing Board meetings and other city council meetings as appropriate. She represents MCC on the Board of FOMBL (Friends of the Meadows & Bruntsfield Links) and was in the past a trustee of Dig-In community grocer and of the Eric Liddell Centre.   She chairs a small local charity, Tap into IT, which introduces older residents to the joys of the internet, while another of her volunteering activities is as an audio describer of live theatre for the benefit of visually impaired members of the audience.  In 2012 she was made a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh.

Joan M Houston

Joan M Houston

MCC Member

I have been a member of Merchiston Community Council for 4 years and have lived in Merchiston for 16 years.  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 a fracture wrist on my daily walk during Lockdown (May 2020). Hence, I reviewed the condition of pavements in my local area and am one of the leads for the Merchiston Leaf Clearing 2021 initiative (merchistonleafclearing@gmail.com
A pilot area has been set up and, by 24th September 2021, 34 residents have volunteered to keep ‘their’ pavements clear of leaves. 
I am a MCC representative on the George Watsons College Community Forum.
I have had great pleasure in learning about the link between MCC and the City of Edinburgh Council.   We are fortunate to have excellent councillors who have given much support.   They give advice and help to address aspects which residents bring up at the virtual Public MCC Meetings.
I would recommend that if you are interested in maintaining Merchiston, a Conservation Area, as an attractive part of Edinburgh, please consider approaching Ian Doig, mershistonchair@gmail.com for more information.

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Edward Tate

MCC Member

Jacob Horsbugh

Jacob Horsbugh

Communications and Media Coordinator

Jacob is is a former pupil of Edinburgh Steiner School and has sat as Chair of their Student Council. After joining MCC as an associate member, he has recently taken on a more senior role as Communications and Media Coordinator (merchistonmedia@gmail.com). He will begin a joint degree in Law and International Political Relations this September.

MCC 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.

Declan Murray

MCC Member



Dr Navid Saberi

MCC Member

Roma Menlowe

MCC Associate Member

Ros Claase

Ros Claase

MCC Associate Member

Ros represents Bruntsfield Primary School’s Parent’s Council

Imogen Blain

MCC Associate Member

Imogen represents Watson’s College


Hannah Douglas-Walker

MCC Member

Hannah represents Boroughmuir High School

Marcia McSween

MCC Member

Marcia represents Boroughmuir High School

Roseanna Holbrook

MCC Associate Member

Roseanna represents Steiner’s School

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Past Members
Below are some of our valued past members who we thank for their time and effort

Peter Brett

Peter Brett

MCC Member

I have lived in Merchiston since 2014, and became a member of MCC in 2019.
My main interests are in sustainable and active transport, as a key enabler for residents to live safely and conveniently in a pleasant and healthy environment.

In between full-time employment in the software industry, I volunteer with Edinburgh Food Project.

MichaelLugton

Michael Lugton

MCC Member

I was elected to Merchiston Community Council in 2019. My particular interests are traffic issues and the conservation of the built environment in the Merchiston Conservation area.  I have lived, apart from one short period away, in the MCC area since 1975. I am a retired civil servant, and have served as a School Governor, a Board member of the Eric Liddell Centre, and as Convener of the Administration Board of the Scottish Episcopal Church