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.

Wendy Davies

My background is in community development and for the last 30 years I worked as a consultant on equality and diversity issues. I retired a few years ago and since then I have been active as a board member in a number of organisations including Engender, Community Renewal, ELCAP and the Scottish Women’s Budget Group. I’ve lived in Portobello for 23 years and I love it here

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!  

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.

 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

When I retired, a little over 5 years ago, I knew I wanted to do some voluntary work. I also knew that, after 30-odd years as an accountant in financial services, I did not want to be a charity’s money person. And up until now that’s exactly what’s happened. I’ve volunteered for Edinburgh Art Festival, The Listening Service (at Edinburgh Sheriff Court), a foodbank and the Covid and flu vaccination programmes. All very rewarding and the kind of change I was looking for.