Steering Group

The Steering Group are responsible for managing the process of consultation and ensuring all on the non-domestic rate register are fully briefed on the BID process. Steering groups benefit from having diverse business sectors represented, so if you are in business in the Lanark area and would like to be part of the Discover Lanark team, please contact us.

Project Manager

Discover Lanark Steering Group - Gary Winning, Project ManagerGary Winning is the Discover Lanark Project Manager. Gary is a Lanark local who has lived and worked in and around Lanark most of his life. A former pupil of Lanark Grammar He was best known for his role as General Manager of the Clydesdale Inn (J D Wetherspoon) and former member of the Lanark Business Group involved in projects such as Late Night Lanark Shopping and the Totally Locally campaign.

Steering Group

Working alongside Gary, the other members of the Discover Lanark steering group are:

John Cunningham – Border Biscuits

Steering Group - John CunninghamJohn 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.

Graeme McLeish – R C McLeish Insurance Consultants

Steering Group - Graeme McLeishGraeme has lived and worked in Lanark for over 30 years with R C McLeish Insurance Consultants specialising in commercial insurance, pensions and investment.  With the Rotary Club of Lanark in 2007 Graeme has led the following projects – High St Banners, Town business maps, Lanark mugs and Christmas trees for shops. He joined the Lanark Community Development Trust Executive in 2015 and became part of the LCDT board in Feb 2017 taking over from Neil MacDonald as chair of the Executive in Feb 2017

Dario Bianco – Valerio’s

Steering Group - Dario BiancoDario is the owner of Valerio’s, one of the oldest family businesses in Lanark, established by his grandfather in 1932. In 1990 he expanded and rebuilt their well recognised restaurant and take-away premises on Bannatyne Street. When not involved in the day-to-day running of the business, Dario takes a keen interest in the development of Lanark.

Jane Masters – New Lanark World Heritage Site

Steering Group - Jane Masters
Jane is the Heritage Manager at New Lanark World Heritage Site where she is responsible for the development and interpretation of the site’s rich heritage. Jane is passionate about the promotion of our heritage, particularly through the development of partnership projects between Lanark and New Lanark which encourage visitors to explore the area and people to become involved in volunteering. Jane joined the Lanark Community Development Trust Executive in 2015, is immediate past Chair of Lanarkshire Heritage Forum and is New Lanark’s representative to World Heritage UK.

Alastair Brooks – Brooks Shops

Steering Group - Alastair BrooksAlastair 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 it’s doors in 2013. Alastair is 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 Ironmonger

Steering Group - Douglas MacmillanDouglas 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 a 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 had 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.

Phil Prentice – Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Steering Group - Phil PrenticeWith 25 years economic development experience across the public and private sectors, Phil’s role as Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership is to drive sustainable change through collaboration and partnership. Towns are clearly back on the political agenda and their work in helping to deliver the Town Centre Action Plan has delivered a step change in thinking and tangible progress.

Despite the numerous factors and pressures impacting on our towns he believes that empowered communities can be energised to ensure that Scotland’s towns remain vibrant and continue to play a vital role in our nation’s future

Discover Lanark Advisors and Ambassadors

The Steering Group is delighted to have additional businesses and individuals offering their experience and support to Discover Lanark

Jimmy Gilchrist – GP Plantscape

Jimmy GilchristJimmy Gilchrist is the managing director of GP Plantscape based in Kirkfieldbank. The company supplies and maintains commercial interior and exterior landscaping projects in Scotland, North of England and the Midlands. Services provided also include Christmas displays, gritting and snow clearing and renting artwork to customers. Jimmy is the 4th generation of a business family based in the Clyde Valley and is keen to see Lanark continue to develop both for visitors and local residents.