Chair - Councillor Douglas Reid
Douglas Reid has been an SNP Councillor for 22 years and represents the Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse Ward. He was first elected in 1992 onto the former Kilmarnock and Loudoun District Council, and in 1995 was elected onto East Ayrshire Council. He was appointed Leader of the Opposition in 1999, and following the elections in 2007, subsequently became Leader of the Council. He has a Degree in Town Planning (Dundee University) and worked in Housing for 20 years. Councillor Reid is East Ayrshire Council’s Leader and Spokesperson for Strategic Planning, Management and Resources and Equalities.
Vice Chair – Elizabeth Young
Elizabeth Young is a Senior Manager at a mid-tier accountancy firm where she specialises in internal audit, working primarily with public sector clients. Prior to her current role she spent several years working in in-house internal audit teams, both within the public sector and with a private company. An accountancy graduate of the University of Glasgow, she qualified as a CA with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 2010 and is also working towards achieving CMIIA (Chartered Internal Auditor) status.
She has a strong interest in the arts, is a qualified dance teacher and has performed throughout Scotland as a singer, musician and dancer. Elizabeth also volunteers with the Darvel Music Festival and enjoys taking an active role in her local community.
Chris McAleavey, Depute Chief Executive, East Ayrshire Council (info to follow)
Joe McLachlan, Corporate Accounting Manager
Joe trained as an accountant with Glasgow City Council and in 2001 was appointed Audit Manager at East Ayrshire Council with responsibility for managing internal audit client services. In 2004 he was appointed Corporate Accounting Manager and is responsible for managing the Corporate Accounting function within the Council. He is heavily involved in the Council’s transformation strategy and in the monitoring and achievement of planned savings.
Joe is an active member of his professional institute and has membership of UK and national accounting standards working groups.
He is married with three boys, all of whom have a keen interest in football, and Joe spends large amounts of his weekend standing at the sidelines, usually in the rain!
Councillor Hugh Ross (info to follow)
Councillor Neil McGhee
Neil McGhee was asked to stand as councillor for Labour Party in 2003 and has remained elected since. Previous jobs have included Carpet Inspector for BMK and Sports Officer for Sports Council, Glasgow (based in Cumnock Town Hall).
Neil became Scottish Indoor Bowls Champion in 1986 then Players champion, Number 6 ranked in world, and lost in the semi-final UK Championship and two quarter finals of both UK and World Championships. Neil is Chair of ACDI Local enterprise group (3rd sector) and was recently successful in acquiring funding of over £300,000.
Councillor Eoghann MacColl
Eòghann MacColl is an elected member for Ward One - Annick. He has a seat on the Cabinet of East Ayrshire Council and is the Chair of the Corporate Parenting Group. He is also involved in the Ayrshire Artists Network and attends the COSLA Working Group for Culture & Sport. He graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art. As a visual artist he has exhibited widely across Scotland and beyond, living and working as a practising visual artist in Barcelona for two years. In 2006 he was the recipient of the prestigious Alastair Salvesen Travel Scholarship and he also held the post of Artist in Residence at Scotland's national centre for Gaelic excellence, on the Isle of Skye. Eòghann has been an Arts Officer for Glasgow Life and has also worked with the National Theatre of Scotland and Visible Fictions Theatre Company as a teaching artist. For many years he was a tutor at Fèisean across Scotland. Currently he is an art lecturer with New College Lanarkshire, holding a teaching qualification with Stirling University. He is a fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland where he has work in their international collection. He also has work in the Royal Scottish Academy Collection, the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, East Ayrshire Council and Art in Hospitals. He continues to create and exhibit....when he gets the time.
Councillor Iain Linton
Iain has been an SNP Councillor since being elected in 1999. He represents Ward 3, which takes in the west of Kilmarnock. He is the Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and is also the Council’s Children’s Spokesperson. He is 52 years old, and has two sons. He enjoys sports and is a keen hill walker.
Jean has been a business partner in own business since 1975 and is a retired Home Economics Teacher. She is a member of East Ayrshire Community Partnership Board, involved in a voluntary capacity with East Ayrshire North Communities Federation and was previously a member of NHS Ayrshire and Arran Health Council.
Robin retired from Deloitte in January 2010 having spent some 20 years as a senior VAT Consultant. Educated at Dumfries Academy and Glasgow University, Robin continued his training with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland qualifying in 1975. He spent some years in general practice before specialising in taxation. He has recently been appointed as a non executive director of the National Theatre of Scotland and chairs their Risk and Audit Committee.
Married and living in Kilmarnock, Robin and his wife share a lifelong interest in the local amateur musical society.
Jackie has a BA (Hons) in Human Resources & Business Administration. She worked in the HR profession for 14 years managing the recruitment of staff for both the health service and retail industry in Scotland and Canada. She is currently Parent Representative on East Ayrshire Council Cabinet, Chairperson of St Andrew’s Parent Council and a member of the Parent Steering Group with East Ayrshire Council. Jackie and her family are frequent users of East Ayrshire Leisure’s facilities and she is keen to use her experiences as a customer to drive forward improvements and developments within the Trust.
The Trade Union nominated Trustee:
June has worked in various departments of the Council, including providing admin support to the very first Entertainments officer for Kilmarnock & Loudoun District Council and has also worked at the Palace Theatre. After having her children, June spent 10 summers as a seasonal attendant at the tennis courts in Stewarton where she encouraged people from all walks of life to take part in tournaments. June has been a member of the GMB and has been active in the Trade union movement for about 30 years. Before retiring from East Ayrshire Council in 2009 June represented members in her capacity as Shop Steward and on Council committees.