Greener Leith was established in 2006 to make it easier for people to get involved in improving their neighbourhood.
We do our best to promote community engagement, better public spaces, and sustainable development.
We have no permanent staff, or offices and rely on local volunteers for nearly everything we do. Most of our money comes from grants, but we also get some income from donations and membership fees paid by our supporters.
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Who’s on the Board?
There are seven people on the board of Greener Leith. They are either elected to from the membership at an AGM, or co-opted onto the board.
The cuurent board members are Matt Roy, Charlotte Encombe, Charles Dundas, Jeremy Darot, Alex Schlicke, Cllr Nick Gardner and Cllr Chas Booth.
Alex is interested in all things green, working in renewable energy and the built environment. He lives in Leith and believes cities should be a place where a diverse and thriving nature can be enjoyed. He currently works for a social enterprise focused on the community energy sector.”
Charlotte is a founder member of Greener Leith and has applied her background in horticulture and landscape architecture to help make Leith a greener place to live in. She has been involved in the Leith Walk renovations for several years and would like to see an indoor local food market in Leith.
Matthew is currently treasurer for Greener Leith and also helps out on the windturbine project. Originally from New Zealand, Matt was inspired to become a Leither after a fateful trip to the Edinburgh Festival in 1999. During the day he does marketing and financial stuff; by night he’s involved in volunteering with several third-sector financial organisations where he assists with marketing and evaluating third-sector funding requests. Matt is excited by the potential for communities to take ownership of businesses and assets and is the opposite of excited about the amount of dog fouling in Leith.
Jeremy recently joined the board of Greener Leith, and is interested in using technology and data to engage the local community in the urban planning process. He comes from a science and engineering background and currently works as a statistician at the Forestry Commission. He loves living in Leith and is a fair-weather cyclist.
Charles Dundas has lived in Leith since 2003. He currently looks after public affairs and policy for the Woodland Trust in Scotland, and is a Trustee of Scottish Environment LINK. Previously he has worked for the National Australia Bank in Glasgow, as a researcher in the Scottish Parliament, as a national campaigns organiser, and as a wind farm lobbyist. He also served on the City of Edinburgh Council between 2007 and 2012. In his spare time Charles belongs to an amateur improv group.