Alison Johnstone was elected as Green MSP for Lothian on 5 May 2011. Alison is Edinburgh born and bred and lives in the south-west of the city with her husband and young daughter. A former East of Scotland 800 metres and 1500 metres title holder, Alison still runs for fitness and has witnessed the gradual and ongoing loss of accessible green space for residents and the apparent obsession with organised and elite sport that excludes many.
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City of Edinburgh Council
Nigel Bagshaw represents Inverleith ward on Edinburgh City Council. Nigel has lived in the ward with his wife and three children for 18 years. Nigel came to Edinburgh in 1982 and works as a freelance German and Polish translator for the European Union.
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Chas Booth is our Green Councillor in Leith. Chas has lived in Leith for more than 5 years with his wife and two young children. He works in Leith as a fuel poverty campaigner and is a volunteer with Greener Leith, where he is leading efforts to bring a community-owned wind turbine to Seafield.
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Steve Burgess represents Southside/Newington Ward on Edinburgh City Council and the Convenor of the Green Group of Councillors. Before being elected, Steve was a research scientist at Edinburgh University and latterly former Head of Research for Green Members of the Scottish Parliament.
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Maggie Chapman is the Green councillor for Leith Walk ward. Maggie has lived in Edinburgh for more than 13 years, having moved to the UK from Zimbabwe where she was born and brought up. As well as her councillor role, Maggie teaches geography and environmental philosophy at Edinburgh Napier University. She has worked in the west of Scotland in Environmental Management, and as a community carer throughout Edinburgh.
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Gavin Corbett is the Green Councillor for Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart Ward on Edinburgh City Council. Gavin has lived in the area for 20 years, with his wife and two young sons. An active local campaigner, he has been a community councillor, chair of his son’s local school, and main founder of Shandon Local Food Group.
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Melanie Main represents Meadows & Morningside ward on Edinburgh City Council. Melanie has lived in and around the area for over 30 years. She attended James Gillepsies’ and Edinburgh University. She lives locally with her husband and daughter and has been a community councillor in Marchmont for 8 years, serving as Treasurer, Chair and Planning Officer.
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