Selection of Haddington trust directors

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Directors to be selected to lead new Haddington Community Development Trust

The seven directors who will lead the new Haddington Community Development Trust will be selected at a public meeting to be held in the town’s Corn Exchange, on Monday evening (February 25) at 7pm.

The trust is being established to take forward proposals for the regeneration of Haddington town centre, developed last year by the Haddington Vision Group in consultation with the local community.

Local residents interested in becoming members of the new Trust are invited to come along to the public meeting, where they can join on the night by completing a membership application and paying a £1 registration fee. On joining, they will also be able to vote for the new directors. Fourteen applications have been received for the seven places on offer.

Applicants for director posts with the Community Development Trust

Dr Michael Baldry


Professional chemist and biologist, currently employed as regulatory affairs consultant. Formerly a director of British Association for Chemical Specialities. Currently a member of the management committee of the European Biocidal Product Forum, a sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council.

“I have many years experience in industry with relevant skills in planning, implementation and delivery of complex projects at strategic and detailed levels. I have solid judgement and wide experience of multifunctional groups working to achieve shared aims. I work from home in the town and use services there. I travel widely and my leisure interests include transport, walking, and the natural built landscape.”

David John Barrett


Professional Practice Management combined with over 30 years experience in Urban Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Specialism in UK and Europe consulting on the design and layout of Historic Town Centres and reuse/ refurbishment and restoration of Historic Buildings and costing of infrastructure projects.

“I have a good working knowledge of local government planning, legal, health and safety and financial policy and governance; experience of SME and Ltd Company statutory compliance and practice to ensure financial solvency. I can provide professional direction on solutions for pedestrian, parking and retail service function and layout of an efficient town centre, balancing maximum retail potential while preserving the vital historic character of the centre; assess cost feasibility of built environment proposals and ensure best value from commissioned consultants.”

Paul Darling

Ex Royal Navy, worked in construction for 4 years and employed by East Lothian Council since 1996, firstly as a Community Assistant at Longniddry with a variety of responsibilities from coaching to youth work, then as full-time caretaker at the Corn Exchange, Haddington. Member of Friends of the River Tyne and Haddington Community Council.

“I can contribute with experience in fundraising, events management, security and risk assessments. I have very good customer care skills and a very hands on approach to all aspect of activities.”

Hilary Dickson

20 years experience in retail with B+Q plc and currently owner of Hilary’s Deli in Haddington. Charitable experience managing Lamp of Lothian Trust for 12 years.

“Having worked with a local charitable trust, I have done much networking and think I have a good local ‘database’ of who does what. I believe this will be useful as the HCDT carries out its work and lobbies for outcomes. I have managed large projects and will bring a ‘can do’ attitude to the table. I am a sound communicator and will use this skill to ensure the community at large know about and understand the work and purpose of the Haddington Community Development Trust.”

Martin Hayman

Fundraising consultant based in Haddington. In June 2012, established own consultancy company called Inspire and Ask Ltd. Over 20 years experience raising funds for a wide range of organisations. Also has significant political experience, having been the Chief Executive of the Scottish Liberal Democrats for 5 years.

“Funding is always going to be a challenge for HCDT. I can help develop the fundraising strategy; ensure that HCDT has a strong, convincing ‘case for support’, provide training for other members and directors and, if required, meet potential donors and negotiate financial support. I have already proposed a number of ideas during the consultation phase for Haddington Vision and would like to develop these further.”

Dr Stephen Pathirana

Scientist and civil servant.

“I have extensive policy experience having worked for the UK government, the European Commission and the Scottish Government.”

Lilian Pryde

Local Government Officer for 24 years. Responsible for the planning, management and administration of all elections/ referenda and the ongoing management and development of the East Lothian Council Scheme for Community Councils. Holds the association of Electoral Administrators Diploma in Election Administration and is Scotland and Northern Ireland Branch Training Officer and Student Advisor for Scottish election qualification candidates.

“I have a wealth of organisational experience including communication, finance, planning, procurement, risk, business continuity, recruitment, training, mediation, performance standards, strong networking skills, assistance with Community Council local projects/ budgets, which could be of assistance. Born and bred in Haddington, I am actively interested in its future. On reading the Vision Report, I felt motivated and inspired and could visualise the potential for so many enhancements for our town. I always feel I contribute to the community, through my work with Community Councils but I would be honoured to progress further by being part of this exciting project.”

Brian Young

“Professional background in architecture, archaeology, planning and listed buildings; private practice, local and central government. Member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland.

“I can contribute to the Trust by joining a group which promotes projects or activities where my own area of expertise or knowledge would be useful.”

Andrew William Robinson

Chartered Town Planner with experience in local and central government and, latterly, the private sector.

“I have lived in Haddington since 1975 and have been involved in community activities – including HADAS, squash courts, Housing Association – latterly I have been involved in the Vision Initiative.”

Alan Sheerin

Practicing Architect with a business in Haddington since 1982.

“As a local Haddingtonian, I have an intimate knowledge of the town, both historically and as a result of being in business. I can contribute at a practical level.”

Roger Telford

Chartered Surveyor within commercial property and 18 years experience. Has worked in the public sector, but mostly the private sector for professional consultants.

“As a resident of Haddington, I am passionate about where I live and how I wish to see the area develop. My experience to date has been about producing results with teams assembled for specific delivery tasks such as building and managing large property projects. This requires bringing people together, putting differences aside and focussing on one goal. This is what HCDT needs to do and I have the motivation and practical experience to assist.”

Tom Trotter

Site manager and East Lothian Councillor

“I am already involved with the local community, as an individual and through being a councillor, and would see this as an extension of what I currently do.”

William Wood

B Arch MBA Diploma in company direction

Involved with the Third Sector since 2005, including General Manager of a charity providing community facilities and a music festival. Chair of charity providing mental health and learning disability services. Board member of social landlord and developer. Army career (26 years) included staff appointments in logistics, HR, doctrine, corporate communications and policing.

“I can contribute from a local perspective – from working in Haddington with the Lamp of Lothian/ Lammermuir Festival (challenges of re-using historic buildings, enabling community and arts activities and developing cultural tourism events). I am trained and experienced in governance process – teamwork in executive and non-executive roles; doing strategy and operational detail; assembling evidence and testing arguments; matching plans to capacity and funds raised. I feel it is time to engage, having recently retired and re-charged.”

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