Board of Directors

The EOTDT is governed by a Board of voluntary Directors made up of residents, representatives from local organisations and other interested individuals. Current Directors (October 2013) are Sean Bradley (Chair),  Catriona Grant, Margaret Baxter,  Neil Simpson, Andrew Guest and Ed Hollis.

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Sean Bradley has lived in the Old Town since the 1970s. He has worked in careers guidance and employment support, particularly for marginalised and vulnerable groups. He now works as a freelance book editor and publisher.





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Neil Simpson is an architect and lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture with a particular interest in urban design and planning. He has lived in the centre of Edinburgh since 1992 and over this time Neil has specialised in contemporary architecture in historic settings and worked on several acclaimed projects in the Old Town.



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Catriona Grant has lived in the Canongate for 13 years; four generations of Catriona's family have lived in the Old Town and Dumbiedykes going back to the 19th century, her family originally coming over as part of the Irish diaspora.   She works in the Old Town for the local authority as a Child Protection Development Officer and for a small community development charity COMAS (also based in the Old Town) as a Women in Recovery Manager.  She is also currently studying a law degree.  Catriona has a particular interest in gardening, feminism and genuine community empowerment.


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Margaret Baxter has lived in Edinburgh all her life; her family have all lived and worked in the Old Town for many generations.

Margaret is now retired but started her career in the civil service then went on to work in social work.

She is active in all aspects of work to preserve the culture and history of the Old Town and developing the community spirit and sense of shared ownership amongst its residents.

Margaret is a keen play and short story writer and enjoys writing historical/factual based literature.


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Ed Hollis studied Architecture at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities. For the subsequent six years he worked as an architect, in the practice of Richard Murphy.

He began lecturing in Interior Architecture at Napier University, Edinburgh in 1999 and in 2004 moved to Edinburgh College of Art where he is now deputy director of research.

He is the author of ‘The Secret Lives of Buildings’, a collection of folk stories about altered buildings and he is currently finishing a book of lost interiors. He lives in the Old Town.