Meet the Board

Lanark Community Development Trust is governed by a board of 11 volunteers from the local area. The Board Members have a diverse range of skill-sets and professional backgrounds which are beneficial to the development of a variety of community projects. From time to time, the Board welcomes advisers to participate in discussions around particular projects or issues.

After retiring from 40 years teaching and lecturing, Sylvia became involved in many community groups. She has been a member of Lanark Inner Wheel, Lanark Playparks Action Group, and as a member of Lanark Lanimer Committee served as chairman for three years. She was chairman of Lanark Air Show Centenary Committee which was set up to commemorate Scotland’s first International Airshow, and is a member of Lanark Tolbooth Management Committee. She is currently the chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust and has worked for over 10 years to obtain funding to restore Castlebank Park. She also sits on the board of Development Trust Association Scotland. In 2017 she was thrilled to receive an MBE in recognition of her service to the community and heritage.

Eleanor is a retired Civil Servant who has the time, the enthusiasm and a huge interest in history. Eleanor is a member of various groups & organisations in the town and is especially passionate about Lanark, having  lived most of her life in the Royal Burgh. Everything she does for the community is on a voluntary basis, and she is committed to try and preserve our heritage, traditions and all things Lanark for future generations, but at the same time, being capable of moving with the times.

Graeme graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in 1983 and has since worked with R C McLeish Insurance Consultants specialising in commercial insurance, pensions and investment.  Graeme joined the Rotary Club of Lanark in 2007 and has led the High Street banners, town business maps, Lanark mugs and Christmas trees for shops projects. He joined the Lanark Community Development Trust Executive in 2015 and became part of the LCDT board in Feb 2017. Graeme is currently chair of the Development Trust Executive and the Discover Lanark initiative to create a Business Improvement District for Lanark. Graeme lives with his wife, two children and Millie the dog in Stonebyres, just outside Lanark. His hobbies include playing electric guitar, photography, travel and walking.

Graham U’ren has lived in Lanark since 1988 but worked in the town from 1975 till 1996 for the former Clydesdale District Council, including 14 years as the Council’s Director of Planning and Technical Services.   The first and only dedicated town plan for Lanark and the acquisition and restoration of New Lanark largely took place under his watch.

After leaving local government, he ran the Scottish office of a professional institute before joining a leading law firm as a planning and development adviser, continuing after retirement as a part time consultant.  He has held a diverse number of public appointments, company directorships and voluntary sector trusteeships at national and local level.

With a strong interest in heritage and regeneration, Graham has just completed a term as a trustee of World Heritage UK.  He has also held lengthy appointments on the boards of trustees of both the Crichton Trust in Dumfries, which he chaired for three years, and the New Lanark Trust where he chaired the Trading Company until 2018.   He is currently a patron of the RSPB in Scotland.

He has been a director of Lanark Community Development Trust since 2019 and is leading the Vision for Lanark Partnership with other local organisations to allow him to indulge his passion for the fascinating natural and cultural heritage of Lanark, New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde and his belief that they could work to much greater benefit of the town and surrounding area.





John is the Managing Director of Border and started the company in Lanark in 1984. Border plays an active role in the community and established the Border Community Support charity specifically to support local good causes. John has been a Director of Lanark Community Development Trust since 2014 and is a passionate supporter of initiatives to support town regeneration.

Born in Lanark, Loraine has always been very involved with Lanark organisations. She is the past Chair of the Lanark Lanimer Committee and is currently a volunteer with Healthy Valleys, member of Lanark and District U3A, Vice President of Lanark Inner Wheel and Elder at Greyfriars Church. She is the retired Depute Head of Stanmore House School in Lanark, and is currently the Manager of the Stanmore Holiday Playscheme.

Jane is an experienced heritage professional with a background in public and private museums and heritage organisations, including NTS, RCAHMS ad NMS. She is currently Head of Heritage & Development at New Lanark World Heritage Site. Her passion lies in interpreting Scotland’s built, natural and cultural heritage for all audiences, and fostering an understanding of the importance of our heritage to the way in which we live, learn and work today.

Advisors to the LCDT board



Julia has lived in the area for almost 20 years. She was a scientist and then a stay-at-home Mum to her four children and community activist prior to election. With a young family, her favourite thing Lanark is its warm community and people. If Julia had to choose a favourite place it would be Lanark Loch, a beautiful location and great for all ages to enjoy.