Graeme McLeish – R C McLeish Insurance Consultants
Graeme graduated from Glasgow University in 1983 and has since worked with R C McLeish Insurance Consultants specialising in pensions and investment.
Currently Chair of Discover Lanark and a Director of the Lanark Community Development Trust, Graeme is also an active Rotary member and led the High Street banners, town business maps, Lanark mugs and Christmas trees for shops projects.
Graeme lives with his wife, Lynn and Millie the Springer Spaniel in Stonebyres, just outside Lanark. His hobbies include playing electric guitar, photography, travel and walking.
Richard Lockhart – Councillor, South Lanarkshire Council
Richard Lockhart is a South Lanarkshire Conservative Councillor for Clydesdale North which includes Lanark. He is also involved with Lanark Community Development Trust.
His family has been part of Lanark for many generations and he lives on a farm at Cleghorn.
He has a long history of involvement in developing small businesses and start-ups.
Ian Wilson-Leitch – Tolbooth Lanark
Ian is the volunteer manager and vice-chair of the Tolbooth Lanark (SCIO), The Tolbooth Heritage Centre, Arts and Community Hub, and has overseen the first phase of the recent Tolbooth regeneration project.
Ian lives in Lanark and also sits on the Lanark Community Development Trust Board. He is an active member of the Music in Lanark organising committee.
David Dalgliesh– The Clydesdale Inn
David is a Lanark local who has lived and worked in and around Lanark most of his life. A former pupil of Lanark Grammar he is best known for his job role as a manager in the Clydesdale Inn (Hawthorn Leisure).
David is also involved with other organisations in the town, such as the Guildry and takes a keen interest in the development of the town.
Catherine McClymont – Councillor, South Lanarkshire Council
Catherine is a locally elected Councillor for Clydesdale North Ward since 2012. She has lived in Lanark since 1979. Before becoming elected she worked with the Council for 36 years in Finance. Prior to working with the Council she worked at James Jacks in Lanark. She is very keen to see Lanark and New Lanark continue to thrive and be a destination for tourists and shoppers alike. She has been a trustee of New Lanark Trust since 2012. She is a member of most of the local organisations in the town and is happy to lend a hand where she can. She is always amazed at the amount of work done by volunteers in the area to make our community better and Discover Lanark is an example of that.
She is keen to ensure Discover Lanark is successful and can make a difference to our High Street and beyond. She believes that empowering our own communities is key as we know what is needed. She is keen that Discover Lanark works in partnership with the Council to ensure a positive outcome for our area.
John Cunningham – Border Biscuits
John is the Managing Director of Border Biscuits and started the company in Lanark 33 years ago. Border Biscuits plays an active role in the community and 10 years ago established the Border Community Support charity specifically to support local good causes.
One of the projects it runs is the Lanark website which was created 5 years ago to help promote the town to both locals and visitors. John is a Director of Lanark Community Development Trust and works on initiatives to support town regeneration.
Alastair Brooks – Brooks Shops
Alastair is a director of long-established 6th generation family business Brooks Shops and has worked in the business full time since 1997. Alongside the menswear shop, Alastair and his sister Gillian manage Brooks Ladieswear and Solely Tempted which opened its doors in 2013.
Alastair is a past chairman of Lanark Business Group and Lanark Round Table and has been active in the community for a number of years and is keen to see Lanark adapt and thrive as a great place to live and work.
Douglas Macmillan – Jacks the Ironmongers
Douglas is a director of Jacks the Ironmongers, the oldest established business within the town, his father having taken over Jacks in 1985. Jacks could best be described as traditional ironmongers with a twist, catering for everything for the home and garden.
He is an active member within the local community, having been a previous chairman and current member of Lanark & District Round Table, as well as having undertaken various roles within Lanark Business Group, while both coaching and sitting on the committee of Kirkfield United Football Club.
Douglas is keen to see the further development of Lanark and establish the town as a place for both residents and visitors to be proud of.
Claire Freckleton – New Lanark
Claire is Head of Marketing and Business Development for New Lanark World Heritage Site, with its 4 star hotel, visitor attraction, shop, café and much more.
She is an accomplished marketing expert and sales leader with over 20 years of experience in the management of overall marketing operations. She hopes to bring her experience and expertise in areas such as the devising and delivery of marketing campaigns, digital performance and marketing coaching/training to benefit the wider work of Discover Lanark and ensure that all marketing and co-working opportunities are maximised.