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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Convenor: James Puchowski email@example.com
Welfare and Conduct Officer: Jesse Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Conrad Hughes email@example.com
Treasurer: Becky Luff firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretaries: Mathew Nicholson & Kevin Ferguson email@example.com
Election Liaison Officer: Dave Owen firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Co-ordinator: Jenny Smith email@example.com
Policy Officer: Tristan Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
Events and Engagement Officer: Jenny Tizard email@example.com
Fundraising Officer: Alys Mumford firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Groups Development Officer: Kevin Whitelaw email@example.com
Campaigns Officers: Fraser May and Andrew Brough firstname.lastname@example.org
Ordinary Members: Simon Fildes, Mette Freurgaard, Olaf Jabs, Bob Keim
South East Edinburgh Representative: John Nichol email@example.com
Leith & Leith Walk Representative: Will Stringer firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Women’s Network Representative: Lorna Slater email@example.com
Young Greens liaison: Becky Hopkin firstname.lastname@example.org
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.