The Edinburgh Committee runs the branch and provides liaison between the members and our elected representatives, and enables the general political direction of the branch. It is elected at the AGM every June.
Meet the committee (2019 – 2020):
Co-Convenors: Kate Nevens and Ben Parker email@example.com
Vice Convenor: James Puchowski firstname.lastname@example.org
Welfare and Conduct Officer: Jesse Turner email@example.com
Secretary: Conrad Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Becky Luff email@example.com
Membership Secretary: Mathew Nicholson firstname.lastname@example.org
Election Liaison Officer: Dave Owen email@example.com
Communications Co-ordinator: Jenny Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Officer: Tristan Gray email@example.com
Events and Engagement Officer: Jenny Tizard firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising Officer: Alys Mumford email@example.com
Local Groups Development Officer: Kevin Whitelaw firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaigns Officers: Fraser May and Andrew Brough email@example.com
Ordinary Members: Simon Fildes, Mette Freurgaard, Olaf Jabs, Bob Keim
South East Edinburgh Representative: John Nichol firstname.lastname@example.org
Leith & Leith Walk Representative: Will Stringer email@example.com
Green Women’s Network Representative: Lorna Slater firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Greens liaison: Becky Hopkin email@example.com
What do committee members do?
As one of the larger branches, we have two Co-Convenors, at least one of whom must be a woman in accordance with the Scottish Greens’ policy of gender balancing. The Co-Convenors are the leaders of the branch, and represent the branch to the wider party at Scottish Green Party Council. The Vice Convenor supports the Co-Covenors and acts in their stead when they’re not available.
The Secretary keeps the Committee in order, and the Treasurer keeps their eye on the purse strings. Our Membership Secretaries will be the first point of contact for most new members. The Election Liaison Officer ensures we are legally compliant with all statutes that cover local and national elections, and acts as our Returning Officer.
The Policy Officer acts as our liaison with our councillors and the parliamentary team, and develops policy with an Edinburgh eye. The Campaigns Officer develops and supports campaigns run by the branch, and also acts as a liaison for local events relating to national campaigns. The Fundraising Officer acts with the Treasurer and attempts to raise funds for the branch.
The Communications Co-ordinator produces the monthly email newsletter and convenes the Communications Working Group which works on communications development, and oversees teams of volunteers who run the branch social media accounts, look after the website and produce our ward editions of Green News.
Branch members with concerns or complaints should contact the Welfare and Conduct Officer, who will work to resolve any issues fairly and impartially.
There are four Ordinary Members, who do not have a specific portfolio but pitch in wherever and whenever they are needed.
Sub-Branches (currently South East Edinburgh and Leith & Leith Walk) elect representatives to sit on the committee.
Committee meetings are also attended by representatives from Edinburgh Young Greens, the Green Councillor Group and the Parliamentary Group to ensure good communication and accountability.