Board of Directors

Details of the Board of Directors elected at the AGM on 30th May 2015 or co-opted onto the board since then. We are currently looking to recruit new directors onto our board. If you’re interested please contact us.

Member Directors

Fraser Falconer (Chair)

Now retired from a 40 year full time career in the public and voluntary sector. Following my graduation from Moray House , I worked in youth and community work in the Highlands, then a period with OXFAM both as a fundraiser and a member of staff in India and Bangladesh. This was then followed by leading a community enterprise in Glasgow before joining the BBC in 1990 as Head of the Children In Need Appeal in Scotland. Amongst a number of current voluntary commitments, I am on the Boards of Youthlink and Scottish Spina Bifida Association and Chair the Scottish Government’s Play Strategy Group.

Jon Norton (Treasurer)

Jon moved to Linlithgow in 2005 and lives with his wife and three children. He is the Company Secretary and member of the Wheeled Sports Initiative sub-group.

Matthew Ball

Matthew is Group Art Director at Think in Glasgow. He designs a range of magazines for member organisations like Historic Scotland, the Royal Photographic Society and The National Trust Scotland.

He is a keen cyclist having helped get the Linlithgow Cycle Action Group up and running and is also a founding member of West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club and its youth coaching section. He is a Scottish Cycling level 2 coach specialising in road and track cycling and coaches youth riders twice a week, with the adult coaching session thrown in too.
Matthew moved to Linlithgow in 2004 and lives here with his wife and son.
 Tom Conn
Chris Cook

Chris has been involved in the regulation and development of markets and enterprises for 25 years, including six years as a director of a global energy exchange. Since then he has been working in the area where the internet, enterprise and markets converge. In recent years he has been working mainly in Scotland with Nordic Enterprise Trust (NET) to develop new partnership-based enterprise models and related financial products and services. Since 2011 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Security & Resilience Studies at University College London. Chris has been prototyping community property and energy enterprise models which comprise ‘capital partnership’ development financing and co-ownership funding using simple but radical Prepay credit instruments.

Chris Horne

Founder and owner of Taylor Horne, Chris works across the private and third sector specialising in growing and encouraging sustainability of small enterprises.  Following fifteen years in the recruitment industry, Chris became the Chief Executive of Pilotlight Scotland – a charity utilising the skills of senior business people to help small charities grow.  When his role moved to London in a group-wide change, Chris decided to stay in Scotland and took on the role of Sustainability Programmes Manager at Standard Life, leading a number of programmes including global volunteering, employability for particular target groups and a number of the community engagement initiatives.

Outside work, Chris is Director of Volunteer Scotland, Co-Chair of The Bike Station, sits on the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network strategy group and is a member of the Linlithgow town management group. Chris and his family are also members of St John’s Church in the town.

Chris moved to Linlithgow in 1999, and lives here with his wife and two children.

Tom Kerr
Tom Kerr

Lived in Linlithgow all his life, attended Linlithgow Primary and Linlithgow Academy. Also his family were raised and educated in Linlithgow. Had a sea going career with BP Tanker Co.Ltd. with service from Engineer Cadet – Chief Engineer. Followed by a Senior Lecturers post at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. Marine Consulting and Training Contract, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Tom has also operated his own Marine Surveying and Consultancy Business which included work for: Marine Underwriters, Freight Forwarders, Ship Owners, Ships Agents, Shippers and Receivers of Cargo.

He has been and elected Councillor for Linlithgow since 1992 and Provost of West Lothian since 2007. Serving on many different Committees over the years.

Robin Priestley

Robin is a property lawyer and runs his own law firm in Linlithgow, specialising in land ownership investigations. He is experienced in land acquisition, compulsory purchase, Scottish land law and conveyancing. He has worked on major transport and infrastructure projects including the Borders Railway, Glasgow Airport Rail Link, Airdrie-Bathgate Railway, A9 Dualling and many commercial windfarm projects. Out of the office Robin is a keen member of West Lothian Clarion cycling club and holds the Scottish Cycling Level 2 performance coaching and Trail Cycle Leader qualifications. Each week he coaches children in West Lothian Clarion’s Youth Section on cycling technique and performance. Like many residents of Linlithgow, he moved here (in 2007) with his family largely for Linlithgow’s quality of life and community spirit. He has a special interest in the Trust’s sports facilities project, and chairs the Stakeholders Group on that project. He is also a Trustee and Secretary of the Lady’s Park Trust, which owns (and is entrusted with conserving) the land at the West end of Linlithgow Loch.

Charlie Hogg
Graeme Kerr

I’ve lived in Linlithgow since 2005.  I have a MA in Geography, PGdip in Urban Development and a MSc in Urban & Regional Planning.  After graduating I started work as a planner in Glasgow City Council and then moved to South Ayrshire Council where I dealt with a range of planning applications on the Council’s behalf, co-ordinating consultation responses from various statutory bodies (SEPA, Historic Scotland (as they were at the time), SNH, etc and assessing/determining proposed developments.  I left South Ayrshire Council in 2004 to travel and worked for an engineering firm in Auckland, preparing and submitting applications for residential and industrial sub-divisions.  On returning to Scotland I joined Halliday Fraser Munro and provided planning advice on projects for a range of clients covering retail, housing, renewables and leisure/sporting developments and Local Plan submissions.  I left in 2010 and took up a position with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Ltd as a Project Manager leading teams of professionals to identify, design and secure planning permissions for onshore wind farms across Scotland and Australia.  I’m a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) and volunteered for Planning Aid Scotland for a year (in 2015/16), providing free planning advice to people needing help in negotiating the planning system.  In Linlithgow, I was also the chair of the Springfield Primary School parent council over 2015 and 2016.

Joanna Whittington

I am a Chartered Chemical Engineer, PRINCE2 Project Manager and APMG certified Senior Change Manager with a track record of leading large stakeholder groups to deliver complex transformation projects that drive efficiency and embed genuine change in highly regulated environments.
I have over 20 years of work experience, the last 12 as the Project Manager and Change Manager on fixed-term, stand-alone projects. The key to these projects’ success has always been getting the communication right. I am developing a number of products to help with communication, whether that is reporting concisely from meetings in to programmes or optimising team engagement.
I am the Director and sole owner of Lothian Change Management Ltd. I aim to improve my clients’ businesses through their ability to understand the issues affecting their business more clearly and being able to successfully communicate these issues, their impact and possible solutions to everyone in the business.

Katherine Orr

I first decided to get involved with the LCDT after moving into the community with two friends. All of us are youth workers and wanted to get involved in the community in more ways than our jobs. For me, this was the LCDT and I am excited about what is happening in Linlithgow.
In my job as Youth Support Worker at Linlithgow Young People’s Project I have the opportunity to focus on improving the mental health of young people in Linlithgow through mentoring, training and group work. This is something I am very passionate about and which there is certainly a need for. I would love to see young people more visible in the local community for all the positive things they do and empowered to get involved in the change and development of their town.