Labour Party Candidate for the Midlothian East Ward covering Mayfield, Easthouses, Eskbank, Newbattle, Kippielaw, Pathhead, Cousland and many other rural communities.
Born and raised in Australia to British parents, I immigrated to Scotland 12 years ago, settling to Midlothian in 2008. I live in the local Ward with my partner Tia and our two daughters Rosie and Ellie who both attend Kings Park Primary School.
I am passionate about our local area and have a strong track record of working with others to deliver improvements in our communities.
I am one of twelve Community Councillors on the Eskbank and Newbattle Community Council, representing resident’s views on issues such as planning, traffic management, the environment and other local issues. Prior to this role I was Chairman of the Dalkeith & District Community Council for two years.
I am Vice Chair and former Treasurer of One Dalkeith, a new initiative to create a Community Development Trust for the communities of Woodburn, Dalkeith, Eskbank and Newbattle. Since My work with One Dalkeith I have worked in partnership with other local volunteers, council officers, local businesses and other organisations to deliver community events and local improvements.
I joined the Board of Melville Housing Association in 2013. Melville has nearly 2000 housing units in Midlothian and Lanarkshire, managing a Turnover of around £8-10 million per year. I contribute to the strategic decision making of the Association, working in partnership with other Board Members and staff. Prior to joining Melville, I have almost ten years experience working for a range of housing, social work and community service organisations.
In 2014 I worked with local residents to establish MIDSAFE, a community group campaigning and advising residents on Community Safety and Crime Prevention issues.
I have worked for UNISON Scotland since 2008 as a Regional Officer. I work closely with people employed in local government, the community and voluntary sector and other vital public services. In my role I support local trade union activists, lead negotiations on pay and conditions and campaign for improvements to our local services.
I have been active in the Labour Movement for nearly 20 years and currently serve as Chairman to the local Labour Party. My employment experience is varied, working in manufacturing, hospitality, community services and social work.
I would be honoured to share my skills, knowledge and commitment as your local Labour Councillor and will be a strong voice for the communities and families of Midlothian East.