The One City Trust Board is composed a number of prominent and committed individuals who give up their time voluntarily, joined by three elected members from the City of Edinburgh Council, including the Lord Provost as ex-officio President.
Philip Young (Chair)
Philip is a Chartered Management Accountant by profession and brings an extensive business background to help organisations achieve their aims, with strong governance and creating a sustainable business in the process.
Amongst current interests he is a trustee of The Edinburgh International Science Festival Foundation (which runs Science Festivals & schools touring programmes) and of The Broomhouse Centre (“caring in the community”), and in the past was involved with Corporate Social Responsibilities programmes, such as chairing the Gorgie Dalry partnership.
“I am personally committed to the values & aims of the One City Trust in creating opportunities for both individuals & communities to share in a more inclusive future.”
Donald was elected Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh in May 2012. With a background in IT secondary and adult education, has served on many Council committees and city Boards, including the Edinburgh South West Neighbourhood Partnership, which has social justice firmly on its agenda.
“If there was not a OneCity Trust, I would have had to invent it! One of my priorities for my time in office is to reach out to parts of the city which have felt excluded so that they can benefit from and feel included in the civic life of the city. This sits very well with the social inclusion objectives of the One City Trust. I look forward to working closely with the trust so that all the citizens of this great capital city can enjoy its benefits and join in our common civic pride”.
Born and bred in Edinburgh, Betty has been involved in local communities for more than 40 years. A Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh , Betty is the Convenor of Edinburgh Tenants Federation and a seasoned campaigner for tenants’ rights in the city. Betty is passionate about improving housing conditions and has led on a wide range of initiatives to secure improvements to services for the most vulnerable in the city, including award winning work on support for people with mental ill health.
Betty said, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the One City Trust Board. I hope my contribution will give the Board a valuable communities’ perspective.”
Cammy is one of the Councillors for Forth ward, representing the Scottish Labour Party. Given his career working with young people, supporting them to challenge social injustices in many of Edinburgh’s areas of deprivation, it is unsurprising that he was nominated by the City of Edinburgh Council to join the One City Trust Board. Cammy is also Vice-Convenor of the Council’s Health, Social Care and Housing Committee.
“I’m really proud to serve on the OneCity Trust promoting social inclusion in Edinburgh. It’s extremely important that we find innovative and creative ways to encourage social inclusion in Edinburgh, and for me, that starts with genuine engagement with young people.”
Harriet was Chief Executive of Volunteer Edinburgh until March 2016. She has long experience of championing volunteering and bringing people together to support active citizenship and build strong communities. Harriet has been closely involved in Edinburgh’s strategic Community Planning Partnerships where she is a passionate advocate for social justice and reducing inequalities.
In her non- professional life she is happiest outdoors.
“Edinburgh is a far too divided city where too many people still live in economic poverty cheek by jowl with great affluence. OneCity Trust plays an essential role in bridging this divide. I am delighted to be a small part of this.”
Lesley, a teacher by training, and a long-time local Labour politician, is currently Councillor for Forth ward. She is keenly interested in issues of social justice and inclusion, and was a great champion of the One City Trust during her term as Lord Provost (2003-2007). Lesley has chosen to continue her commitment to the Trust by joining the Board in a personal capacity.
“I love living in Edinburgh; it is a great city. I have lived here for over 30 years, and brought up my children on the north side of the city. Over these years it has become clear to me that there are areas of deprivation in Edinburgh where people are excluded from society and do not feel they are part of the city. I want to live in a place where all its residents can feel they are included, have their part to play and feel proud of the city they live in. OneCity Trust can play its part in bringing all parts of the city together.”
Harry was a member of the Lord Provost’s Commission on Social Exclusion in Edinburgh, which reported in 2001 on issues of social justice in the city. The creation of an independent Social Inclusion Trust was one of the key recommendations of the Commission. A Director of New City Vision, a housing and regeneration company, Harry has continued his commitment to social justice through his active membership of the One City Trust board since its inception.
“One City Trust offers a rare opportunity to pull together resources from the successful parts of the city and deploy them for the greater good of those communities in need of support. I am proud to be associated with such an important cog in the wheels of a great city.”
Denis came to Edinburgh from Irvine on the west coast of Scotland back in 1970. He studied Marketing and Accountancy at Edinburgh College of Commerce which is now Napier University. He is now a Councillor for the city ward of Sighthill/Gorgie, in which Napier University is situated. His ward harbours some of the City’s most deprived areas and he is always ready to fight to help improve the plight of those in the community who are less privileged than others.
“My own background was not one of privilege and I have had to work hard for everything I have. I believe that by deploying the resources of One City Trust into Edinburgh’s areas of need and deprivation, we can help provide a pathway to a better future for many of our less well off citizens.”
Educated in Edinburgh, Susan has a diverse background in Finance and Investment Management. She is currently a partner in a consultancy firm, a global advisory Board member at Millenium Associates and has a strong interest in social justice and inclusion.
“I believe passionately that OneCity Trust can help bring together people from all areas of the city to work to a common purpose. I’m proud to be involved with the work of the Trust.”
OneCity Trust is a registered Scottish charity (SC034165). Board members are Directors of OneCity Limited, a company limited by guarantee (SC320023), which operates as the Trustee of the OneCity Trust.