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 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 has been a member of the MCC since early 2019
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
Joan M Houston
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.
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
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.
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.
Associate Member – Edinburgh Steiner School representative
Jake is the Chair Of Student Council at Edinburgh Steiner School