Action Porty is overseen by a Board of volunteers.
Justin Kenrick (Chair)
Supports forest peoples in Africa to retain or regain their community lands (www.forestpeoples.org). Played a key role in the development of Transition movement in Scotland and was 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)
Sales Manager at ECS with 20 years’ experience of IT Sales. Recently stood down as Chair of Towerbank After School Club, having served on the Board for a number of years. Good knowledge of many local groups through involvement of various family members in a range of local activity. 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.
A singer, group leader/trainer and coach with a background in community development and creative arts. Instrumental in developing Portobello Open Door (POD), pulling together a team of volunteers to host a week-long festival of entertainment, workshops and a sell-out fringe venue, culminating in the First Big Beach Bash of busking and bands along the prom in 2003. She passionately believes in creativity, power- sharing and that everyone has a voice and deserves the chance to use it
Arts marketing, digital content and communications professional, with 10 years’ experience working for arts organisations in London, ranging from major theatres and arts centres to small independent production companies. Works for the British Council in the Arts department. Relocated to Edinburgh in 2016 and new Portobello resident. Passionate about the arts and community engagement.
Action Porty’s Development Manager is:
Emma Griffiths’ background is in architectural conservation, and she has been involved in projects centred on historic buildings for many years.
As development manager at Bellfield, she brings her practical experience of repurposing buildings, fund raising and community engagement.
These skills are proving invaluable, as she works closely with the Action Porty Board to help bring Bellfield back to its place at the heart of the community of Portobello.