Chas Booth is the Green Councillor for Leith on the City of Edinburgh Council.
He is a member of the Transport and Environment and Culture and Sport Committees, and sits on the Licensing Board which rules on alcohol and gambling licenses. He is a director of Edinburgh Leisure, the Edinburgh International Festival Society and the Leith Industrial School Trust. He’s also a trustee with Edinburgh-based bike recycling charity The Bike Station and local environment group Greener Leith.
Prior to his election in May 2012 Chas worked as a fuel poverty and energy saving campaigner with a small not-for-profit trade association in Leith. In that role he was a member of the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty forum for nearly 8 years advising on policy to end fuel poverty; a founder member and part of the steering group of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland and a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland policy group. Chas led a team that designed the Scottish Government’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme, which installed free insulation to thousands of Scots homes and slashed fuel bills.
Chas previously worked at Friends of the Earth Scotland, where he led campaigns for fairer planning laws, for a strong Scottish Climate Change Act and for support for small-scale renewables. Prior to that he managed the Edinburgh office of sustainable transport charity Sustrans; worked for the Green Party in the Scottish and European Parliaments, taught English in Bavaria and worked for an international aid charity in post-war Bosnia.
A party member since 1995, Chas stood as a candidate for the party at Local Authority, Scottish Parliament and European level many times and was elected as Green Councillor for Leith in 2012. He was previously International Spokesperson for the party and was a member of the party’s ruling council for over 10 years.
Chas was born near Lincoln and moved to Scotland with his parents at the age of 8. He went to school near Huntly, Aberdeenshire and in Musselburgh. He graduated MA (Hons) in Social Policy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh in 1996 and lives in Leith with his wife and two young children.
A keen cyclist, Chas once rode a 3-speed 1950s bike from Augsburg in Bavaria to Edinburgh.