Board of Directors

Chief Executive, George Lowder MBE

George Lowder

George joined Transport for Edinburgh as The Chief Executive in January 2016 from Defence, where he served for almost 35 years, the last 14 at Director and Deputy Director level. He was commissioned into The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) in 1981, having attended George Heriot's School. On commissioning, he studied Scots Law at Aberdeen, graduating in 1986. As a young officer, he served in The Falkland Islands, Germany, the UK, Northern Ireland, Canada and the 1991 Gulf War, where he was awarded a commendation. He instructed at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and attended Staff College, where he gained a Master’s Degree from Cranfield University. Appointed Chief of Staff of a Germany based Armoured Brigade, he deployed to Bosnia in 1996; awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for this tour of duty and made MBE in 1998.

As a Staff Officer in Glasgow he attended Strathclyde University, gaining qualifications in human resource management. Other staff appointments have focused on strategic planning, change management and senior liaison roles. He has commanded at every level from Platoon to Brigade, deploying on operations in UK, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and The Occupied Palestinian Territories. He has been awarded The US Bronze Star and nominated for The US Legion of Honour. He has completed 2 tours of duty in The Ministry of Defence, where he has led transformational change programmes. Most recently, for over 3 years, as The Director of Defence Intelligence Operations, responsible for global operations, across the enterprise, with a £450M budget.

George is the Chair of two Scottish Charities and is a Trustee of a third. He has been married since 1989 and has 2 sons. The family home has been Edinburgh since 2001. George was an enthusiastic, but not brilliant, rugby player. He remains a competent sailor, keen skier and inconsistent golfer.

Lesley McInnes

Lesley McInnes

Lesley Macinnes was elected to the Liberton/Gilmerton ward at the local elections in May 2017. She was subsequently elected Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee on 22 June 2017, and Chair of Transport for Edinburgh on 29 June 2017.

Karen Doran

Karen Doran

Karen Doran lives in Joppa with her husband and two children. Born in Edinburgh, she attended Tollcross Primary School and James Gillespies High School. Karen was an Office Manager, latterly working for Malcolm Chisholm, MSP and Mark Lazarowicz, MP for 24 years before becoming a Labour Councillor for the City Centre ward in 2012. She is currently the Vice Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee.

Jim McFarlane

Jim McFarlane

Over a 34 year career with Scottish Enterprise (SE) and its predecessor, the Scottish development Agency (SDA) Jim McFarlane has become one of Scotland’s foremost economic development leaders. In the course of his career he has had a significant involvement in the development and implementation of numerous landmark projects. With the University of Edinburgh these have included the Edinburgh BioQuarter and The Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine. Most recently Jim was Managing Director Operations at Scottish Enterprise.

Previous senior positions included periods as Chief Executive at Scottish Enterprise Borders and Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian. While at SE Borders he Chaired SE’s Rural Group and led efforts to support businesses across the South of Scotland in the aftermath of the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak. During his time at SE Edinburgh and Lothian Jim led the project teams that established the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and Exchange Financial District, Our Dynamic Earth and the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

Earlier in his career, while he was with the former SDA, Jim led the Leith Project which began the regeneration of Edinburgh’s historic port area. Jim joins Lothian Buses on an interim basis to prepare company succession plans whilst leading the executive team.

Charles Monheim

Charles Monheim

Charlie, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, first visited Edinburgh in 1980 during a tour of the United Kingdom by bicycle. A public transport professional, he has broad experience that includes stints as Manager of New York City's subway car fleet and bus operations, Systems Integration Manager for Taiwan's high speed rail project, Project Manager for Transport for London's Oyster Card and Chief Operating Officer for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Now a Public Transport Management Consultant, he advises transport operators and governmental bodies on strategic, operational and fare policy matters.

Charlie met his wife at the bunkhouse of Corrour station in 1991 while on a walk from Fort William to Aberdeen. They hike and play golf together and reside in Edinburgh.

Steve Cassidy

Steve Cassidy

Steve has worked in transport for over 25 years in academia, consultancy and in a multinational IT company.

He holds a postgraduate degree in urban planning and a PhD in travel behaviour. He specialises in the design and development of "smart" mobility services and strategies. Steve has lived in France, Belgium, USA and UK, and has worked extensively throughout Europe and Canada. Steve lives in Edinburgh with his two daughters.

Chas Booth

Chas Booth

Chas Booth, 45, was first elected as Green Councillor for Leith in 2012, and was re-elected in 2017 with an increased vote share. He is the Edinburgh Greens’ spokesperson on transport and planning.

Prior to his election, Chas worked for a trade association as a fuel poverty campaigner, and was a member of the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty forum for nearly 8 years advising on policy and implementation. He previously campaigned for Friends of the Earth Scotland; managed the Edinburgh office of sustainable transport charity Sustrans; worked for the Green Party in the Scottish and European Parliaments, and taught English in Bavaria and Bosnia.

Chas is a board member of Transport for Edinburgh, SESTran, the Leith Industrial School Trust and Greener Leith. He previously served on the board of Edinburgh Bike Station, Edinburgh International Festival Society, Edinburgh Leisure, Energy for Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative.

Chas was born near Lincoln and moved to Scotland at the age of 8. He graduated from Edinburgh University in Social Policy and Politics 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.

Callum Laidlaw

Callum Laidlaw

Callum is a member of the Conservative Group and represents the ward of Portobello Craigmillar. He sits on the Education Children and Families Committee, where he is Education Spokesperson for the Conservatives. He is also a member of the Licensing Board.

Outside of Council, Callum works as a Corporate Communications consultant advising multinational companies on how to communicate in times of change and crisis or react to policy and legislative changes. He regularly travels throughout Europe in this role and has previously lived in London.

Callum attended St Andrews University where he took a MA in International Relations. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, cycling and travel.