Meet The Board of Directors and Team of Volunteers
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.
Chairman – Sylvia Russell
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. 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, 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 trying 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, travelling 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 a 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 the much greater benefit of the town and surrounding area.
Val is the Managing Director and Owner of Executive Benefit Services UK Ltd, a Chartered financial planning firm based in Lanark. Val has more than 22 years of experience in financial planning, achieving Chartered status in 2005 and becoming a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society in 2019. Val is a member of the Rotary Club of Lanark and joined the Board of the Trust in April 2022. Val is passionate about Lanark and helping to improve the opportunities for our young people in Lanark. When not at work, Val has two very active boys, who take part in rugby, football, handball and mountain biking. Val loves all things fitness, including running, biking and lifting weights. She has completed two marathons, Chester and York, completing the latter in four hours.
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, a member of Lanark and District U3A, Vice President of Lanark Inner Wheel and an 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
Councillor Catherine McClymont
Catherine has been a Local Councillor since 2012 and joined the LCDT following her election. She lives in Lanark and is keen to see the Town and the surrounding area flourish. She is always surprised at how many volunteers her Ward has and really appreciates those who want to make a difference in the area they live in. She has been involved in several projects the Development Trust has undertaken and is willing to play an active part in all Community Groups in her area.
Councillor Julia Marrs
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 a community activist prior to an election. With a young family, her favourite thing in 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.
Councillor Richard Elliot Lockhart
Richard is your local Conservative Councillor. His family have lived in Lanarkshire at Cleghorn for many generations. He is married with 3 children, and a farmer, but also brings a broad range of business experience to his role.
David has lived in the area for almost 20 years. Joining the Trust in July 2021, David was appointed Admin & Operations manager for LCDT. He loves the dynamic nature of the role and enjoys seeing projects become a reality. Outside work, David is a keen motorsport enthusiast, particular rallying. Co-driving for his brother, he competes at events throughout Scotland.
Walter joined the Trust in March 2022, taking over the role as Educational Gardener. He has worked tirelessly on promoting Castlebank Horticultural Centre, and has been instrumental in developing the project. A keen family man, Walter loves spending time with his kids and grandchildren.