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.