Board of Directors

Chief Executive, George Lowder MBE

George Lowder

George joins Transport for Edinburgh 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 spent 2 years instructing at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, followed by 2 years at Staff College, where he gained a Masters degree from Cranfield University. He was then appointed Chief of Staff of a Germany based Armoured Brigade, deploying 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 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 Hinds

Lesley Hinds

Lesley Hinds first became a Councillor in 1984 and currently represents the Inverleith ward. She has held numerous positions in the Council, including Leader and Lord Provost, and she is now Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee.

Born in Dundee, she has lived in Edinburgh for over 30 years in the Drylaw area of the city with her husband Martin, while bringing up her three children.

Lesley is a qualified primary school teacher. In addition, she is a past Chair of NHS Health Scotland, appointed by the Health Minister and is a member of Unite trade union, CND, the Co-op Party and Scotmid.

Lesley has extensive experience of board membership in a personal capacity, as well as representing the Council in numerous public and private sector organisations, such as Edinburgh’s Telford College, Pilton Partnership, Edinburgh’s Mela, Dance Base, Edinburgh Fairtrade City, One City Trust and the City of Literature.

Lesley has significant detailed knowledge of health matters, regeneration issues, education, community safety, policing, social inclusion and housing built up because of her work on various boards and community organisations over 30 years. She also has knowledge of various industries such as retail and tourism (former Chair Tourist Board) and was Convenor of Lothian and Borders Police Board for 4 years. The first chair of Edinburgh’s Fairtrade City, she has campaigned on international development issues including Scotland-Malawi partnership, Make Poverty History Campaign, as well as establishing and chairing the Edinburgh Tsunami Taskforce.

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.

Joanna Mowat

Joanna Mowat

Joanna Mowat was elected to the City Centre Ward of the City of Edinburgh Council in May 2007. She was the Conservative Group's Transport Spokesman when Transport for Edinburgh was formed. Currently she speaks on Economy, Planning and Police issues for the Group. She retains a keen interest in transport matters believing that successful transport management is vital to the successful future of the city.

Prior to being elected as a councillor Joanna worked for a Member of the Scottish Parliament who represents the Highlands and Islands and for a boutique finance house in Edinburgh.

Nigel Bagshaw

Nigel Bagshaw

Nigel Bagshaw was born in Yorkshire and graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an honours degree in Russian and German. He went on to teach English in Austria and Russia and gain a post-graduate certificate of education at the University of Cambridge.

He worked as a staff translator for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before returning to Edinburgh to freelance as translator for various European Union institutions. He was elected as a member for the Inverleith ward of the City of Edinburgh Council in 2012 and is the Green Group’s spokesperson for transport, planning and communities.

Adam McVey

Adam McVey

Adam is currently Vice-Convenor for Transport and Environment on the City of Edinburgh Council, responsible for delivery of the Council's pledges regarding the city's sustainable energy, waste and transport policies.

Prior to becoming a Councillor, Adam worked for a leading Social enterprise investment charity and a leading human rights organisation.

John Bury (observer)

John Bury (observer)

John Bury is Head of Planning and Transport with the City of Edinburgh Council.

He has responsibility for strategic and local planning, development management, built and natural heritage, transport policy and programmes and the maintenance of the council’s transport assets.

John is chair of the SESplan (South East Scotland Strategic Development Plan) Board and a board member of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust.

Prior to joining the City of Edinburgh Council in 2008, John worked with Glasgow City Council in a variety of roles and latterly as Head of Planning Services.