Meet the Management Team

Transport for Edinburgh’s vision is to provide world-class, integrated, environmentally-friendly and socially-inclusive transport which plays a central role in the future prosperity of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

ChairLesley Macinnes

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Vice ChairKaren Doran

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Non-Executive DirectorClaire Miller

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Non-Executive DirectorCallum Laidlaw

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Non-Executive DirectorCharlene Wallace

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Non-Executive DirectorJim McFarlane

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Non-Executive DirectorDonald MacLeod

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Non-Executive DirectorDr George Hazel

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Chief Executive,George Lowder MBE

George joined Transport for Edinburgh as The Chief Executive in January 2016, with 14 years’ experience as Director and Deputy Director. He studied Scots Law at Aberdeen University, graduating in 1986, gained a Masters’ Degree from Cranfield University in 1995 and studied Personnel Management at Strathclyde University in 2002.

George is the Chair of two Scottish Charities and is a Trustee of a third. He is a Vice President and a Member of the Governing Council and Operating Board of The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and is Chair of UKTrams Ltd.

 

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Chair,Lesley Macinnes

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.

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Vice Chair,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.

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Non-Executive Director,Claire Miller

Claire Miller is the Green Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre ward and is a member of the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee.

Prior to her election to the Council in 2017, Claire worked in business strategy and planning in the financial services sector in Edinburgh.

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Non-Executive Director,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.

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Non-Executive Director,Charlene Wallace

Charlene Wallace brings over 20 years’ experience in the public transport sector having previously held senior board director roles in rail, bus and aviation including, and most recently, Bid Director Virgin Trains and Business Change and Transformation Director for Transport for Wales Rail Services to deliver its 15-year contract. Charlene has also been involved with several successful rail franchise bids in the UK and Overseas.

Charlene joined the Transport for Edinburgh Board after she was appointed as Chair of Edinburgh Trams in July 2018 and has served as a Non-Executive Director for over 4 years including 3 years with Lothian Buses.

Charlene has held a range of other senior non-executive appointments. She has a strong track record of delivering customer-focused transformation in transport and has a wide range of transition and business change experience including – process improvement, employee engagement and organisational change.

Charlene is currently Chief Executive of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.

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Non-Executive Director,Jim McFarlane

Jim McFarlane is Chair of Lothian Buses. During his tenure the company has expanded operations, increased passenger numbers and maintained profitability. Previously he had a successful 35 year career with Scottish Enterprise (SE) including spells as MD Operations and CEO Edinburgh and Lothians. Amongst his SE achievements were leadership roles in major projects such as Edinburgh BioQuarter and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

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Non-Executive Director,Donald MacLeod

Donald has lived in Edinburgh for 30+ years and was on the Board of Lothian Buses from 2010 to 2018, serving as Audit & Risk Chair and Senior Independent Director. He has a strong background in Payments and is Deputy Chair of UK Finance’s Credit Card Board.

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Non-Executive Director,Dr George Hazel

Dr Hazel has extensive experience in all aspects of transport and communications, both urban and rural. He has specific expertise from around the world in strategic planning and policy development, the integration of transport with other related areas, the future trends for mobility, smart mobility and innovative funding of transport infrastructure. He is known internationally for his expertise in how cities work, in Land Value Capture as a way to fund transport infrastructure, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

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