Action Porty is overseen by a Board of volunteers.
Justin Kenrick (Chair)
Supports forest peoples in Africa to retain or regain their community lands. Supported the development of Transition movement in Scotland. Former chair of PEDAL (Portobello Transition Group). Anthropologist. Portobello resident since 1998.
Ian Cooke (Secretary)
Director of Development Trusts Association Scotland and before that various community-based posts in regeneration. Member of the Land Reform Review Group and has served on a range of boards of community organisations. Portobello resident for 28 years, and also grew up in the Portobello area.
Jennifer Elliot (Treasurer)
Jennifer changed career recently and after more than 20 years in IT sales, now works happily as a carer for the elderly. That, plus Action Porty and a young family keep her busy. Jennifer has a great knowledge of many local groups and is a Portobello resident.
Kyrsta Macdonald-Scott (Vice-Chair)
Physiotherapist. Passionate about accessibility for all – which is reflected in personal and professional experience. Board member of Toddler Hut and involved in project to successfully refurbish building. Life-long Porty resident who is involved in a range of Portobello-based activities.
An actor in theatre, TV and films, and Co-artistic Director of Tribe Porty Youth Theatre. Passionate about creating a fully accessible space for local and travelling performance groups (any art form). Grew up in Porty, left at 18, returned at 25 to raise family.
Retired former Local Government Officer working in Benefits and Council Tax. Active member of local church congregation and involved in the Local Council of Churches. Resident in Portobello for 65 years.
Ben McLeish (co-opted Board member)
Prior to establishing own businesses in 2011, was an Assistant Principal at Telford College leading on Finance, Estates and Human Resources. Portobello Community Council member until 2016. Life long Portobello resident. Keen interest in politics and sport, but being a father of 3 leaves little time for these.
Solicitor in private practice in Edinburgh. Has lived and worked in Edinburgh for 40 years with 8 of those years in Portobello. Member of Portobello Running Club and organiser of the annual Beach Race. Joined Board January 2018.
Public servant involved in the research and scrutiny of a broad range of environment and sustainable development issues, with a longstanding interest in land reform. A Porty resident since 2010, in his spare time he teaches yoga, and loves spending time with his family by the seaside. Joined Board Jan 2018.
Holidayed in Porty as a child. Learned to swim in Porty Baths. Moved to Porty in 1996. Helped campaign to save the baths! Started out as a designer, became a Lecturer in Further & Higher Education. Co founded IDI, an online education business in 2004. Currently Director of Student Recruitment & Marketing. Joined Board March 2019.
Passionate about community ownership. Worked at the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations for many years. Freelance since 2005, in management roles (CKUK, Scottish Autism) and IT implementations involving e-procurement and training projects in Africa. “I have worked with all sorts of voluntary organisations, and like Action Porty best.”
Action Porty’s Office Administrator is:
Debs Holloway started at Bellfield in June 2019, and is doing a fantastic job. Her office hours are typically 9.30 to 2.30 Monday to Friday. Like Board members, her email is first name followed by @actionporty.com [Photo to follow, once Debs has a minute!]