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.

Frank’s working life was long and varied, taking him all over the world. He is still involved in his son’s construction business, and this has come in handy with his primary Development Trust role of facilitating the removing and/or refurbishment of Lanark’s many derelict building eyesores. Frank has been involved with the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council, which he currently chairs, for many years. He also volunteers with another 8 or 9 local organisations, including Lanark Panto Club. He does admit to one tiny character flaw, he doesn’t do moderation!

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.

Ian is the voluntary General Manager of The Tolbooth Heritage Centre and Arts Hub. A recent arrival in Lanark, Ian has quickly integrated into the life and heritage of the Town.

A retired Edinburgh Solicitor, Ian has an enthusiastic interest in Conservation and Preservation with past involvement with The Central Edinburgh Residents Conservation Association and The Inveresk Village Conservation Society in East Lothian. He has particular interest in Architectural Design and Urban Renewal.

Ian is currently overseeing the exciting Tolbooth Lanark Regeneration Project.

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.

Julia is one of the local Councillors but has also 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 chose a favourite place it would be Lanark Loch, a beautiful location and great for all ages to enjoy.

Scott is the Chief Executive of the New Lanark Trust, an independent Scottish charity which manages New Lanark World Heritage Site.