Who Are We?

Jon Davey

Former IT systems developer, now operating a local photography business.  Local resident, familiar with the locality, in particular the local cultural landscape. Served for three years as a director of Art Walk Projects CIC and remains on the Art Walk committee.

Sally Dyson

Portobello resident, community development worker with charities, funders and governments for 30 years.  Happiest hanging out with friends, a book and sand between my toes – Porty’s perfect!  

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Jennifer Elliot

Salesperson in the IT industry for 20 years, now a carer for the elderly., Treasurer of Action Porty since the early days of that project – the 1st urban community right to buy.  The learnings and positive experiences from that project led to Jennifer being a founder member of the Portobello Central organisation.

Damian Harney

Experienced IT professional with almost 20 years in various sectors such as telecoms, finance and public sector.  Main area of expertise is change management.

Lynn Houmdi

Portobello resident of 30+ years. Former diplomat and civil servant, now supporting purpose-driven organisations including charities and social enterprises. Interim manager, Bridgend Farmhouse and Multi-Cultural Family Base Trustee.

 Morag Phillips

Owner/Principal of Lothian Dance Academy for 32 years.  Former professional dancer involved in dance & dance education 45 years.  Experienced events and shows organiser.  Registered teacher Royal Academy of Dance.  Experience in advertising networking & social media.  Active in local community.,           

Geoff Pearson

Retired Scottish Government civil servant, experienced in legislation, third sector, NDPB structural issues, government finance and policy development.  Previous experience includes board of Venture Scotland; Chair of Streetwork UK; secretary of a local community council; member of the community planning partnership structure.

Stewart Reid

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Senior risk manager, focused on climate risk.  Co-founder of a social enterprise helping companies pivot to regenerative business models.  Finance professional (ACMA). treasurer of the Wash House,  local parent.


Civil servant whose most recent work was responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading on the ‘Wellbeing Fund’ with a range of third sector partners to distribute £50 million to thousands of front-line charities.  Will has a background in planning and geography and is a Trustee of UK charity Living Streets.