Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of between seven and fifteen volunteers. Trustees can either be members, or co-opted to the organisation. They can be co-opted at any time of year, but are officially elected as Trustees at the Annual General Meeting. The current LCDT Board is detailed below.

Trustees

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.

Carole Racionzer (Vice Chair)

Carole moved to Linlithgow in 2003 to raise her family. With a background in social policy, human resources and training, event management and administration she has continued a lifelong commitment to volunteering with various organisations including Homestart, Eczema Outreach Scotland, Burgh Beautiful, Refugee Action Scotland and Transition Linlithgow. An allotment grower for many years with a love of fresh, organic and home cooked food, Carole recently worked with the Grow Wild Organics team at Bonnytoun Farm. Carole particularly enjoys enabling individuals and organisations to thrive and succeed and combines this with her passion for the importance of environmental issues.

Graeme Williamson, Treasurer

Retiring in 2010 after 35 years in financial IT, and a short spell as a college lecturer, I became involved in different community activities in Linlithgow. My main focus has been on the administration and finance of these groups. This allows the project experts to concentrate on the great deliveries that make the town and its environment so distinctive. My other activities include being treasurer of 1st Step Development Projects, a charity also rooted in Linlithgow.iography. 

Matthew Ball

I moved to Linlithgow in 2004 with my wife Kirsty and son Alex, who was 2 at the time. We felt it was the perfect place to put down roots, and new it was right for us as soon as we got off the train to have a look around. There is so much going on, with a local community who like to contribute to the town’s development.

I’m a keen cyclist and am a founding member of  West Lothian Clarion Cycling Club, I helped set up the youth section in 2010 after training as a coach. The Clarion has been a great way to meet new friends and get out on my bike in the local lanes and trails.

I’m passionate about giving people (young and old) the opportunity to ride a bike and experience the freedom it can bring. It was through the bike club that I got involved with the Trust and became a board member in 2014.

My main focus is to help deliver The West Lothian Cycle Circuit. It’s a proposed 1km traffic-free tarmac cycle circuit at Xcite Linlithgow and will be a facility for the whole community. It will help people of all ages and abilities improve their physical and mental health

I really enjoy being part of Linlithgow Community Development Trust and working with my fellow board members. It’s such a well run organisation, and I’ve learned a great deal from my volunteer colleagues while on the board.”

Neil Barnes

Neil joined as a voluntary trustee in 2017 having followed the CDT’s journey from a fledgeling charity. In his spare time, Neil also volunteers for Transition Linlithgow and Burgh Beautiful. Since 2010, after Neil and his family moved to the town, he’s been giving free energy advice, leading litter picks, developing ideas and local projects.

Neil brings his experience from working at 2 small charitable community trusts in Glasgow and Fauldhouse, and a career spanning almost 3 decades in teaching, environmental management, energy, renewable energy, affordable warmth, public health, community planning and regeneration.

Growing up with a passion for the environment, wildlife and tackling social injustice, Neil is very keen to help the trust develop new social enterprise initiatives – including ‘Linlith-Go-Solar‘ – a new, innovative approach to renewable energy and community development. Neil is also very keen to involve young people following on from his years as a teacher, and latterly in his current job as Communities Manager for Warmworks Scotland where he is supporting several employment and training related activities for Year of Young People Scotland 2018.

Tom Conn

Biography coming soon 

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.

Gail Millar

I am currently Director and Partner of an Edinburgh law firm. I am a Solicitor Advocate with over a decade’s experience in litigation at all levels in the Scottish Courts, though I predominantly practise in the Sheriff Courts and in Scotland’s highest civil court, the Court of Session.

Prior to my legal career, I was a teacher of Modern Studies and Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (RMPS) at schools in West Lothian and the City of Edinburgh. I am a former member of HM Diplomatic Service, where I was engaged in political work within the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Middle East Department.

I became involved with LCDT almost a year ago having been approached by another LCDT Director. The rise of the digital age and our ever-busier lifestyles has meant a “chipping away” at community life. I found that the LCDT ethos works hard at trying to restore that community collectivity and this very much attracted me to the Trust.

When we come together, we can achieve much. The Board as a whole hosts talented and enthusiastic members, who work on projects tirelessly for the benefit of the people of Linlithgow. I’m proud to be part of it.

Katherine Orr

I joined LCDT as I wanted to get more involved in the Linlithgow community and LCDT seemed to be a great place to do that.

I work at Linlithgow Young People’s Project as a Youth Support Worker. I have the opportunity to focus on helping young people improve their mental health as well as their opportunities in life. For me, it is clear that being part of a vibrant, inclusive community is a huge part of that.

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.

Mike Ewart

Biography and photo coming soon