Pentlands Community Space Trustees
We currently have seven trustees of the Pentlands Community Space. Brief biographies are shown below.
Cliff Beevers, Chairperson
Cliff is Emeritus Professor at Heriot Watt University where he worked for over 30 years in the Mathematics Department and was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to education. He became registered blind in 1977 and has been a guide dog owner since 1988. Cliff was heavily involved in awareness, training and fundraising for the British Retinitis Pigmentosa Society for over 20 years. He was chair of Juniper Green & Baberton Mains Community Council (JG&BMCC) from its inception in 2009 to 2017. Cliff remains a member of the JG&BMCC, Chairs the Pentlands Book Festival and is an Elder in the Church of Scotland.
Susan Webber MSP, Vice-chairperson
Susan is the local Conservative councillor serving this area and has recently been elected as a List MSP to the Scottish Parliament. She grew up here and lives and works in Juniper Green as a councillor and List MSP. When time permits, she is also involved in Hockey mainly as an umpire but in previous roles she was involved in sourcing sponsorship and fundraising for a large Edinburgh Club.
David Geary, Treasurer
David has lived in Juniper Green with his family for over 20 years. He is a Finance Manager for an Oil and Gas Services Company and has been a qualified Chartered Management Accountant for more than 10 years. He audits the Community Council Accounts and participated in the JG 300 Initiative.
Lynn Elliott, Secretary
Lynn lives in Baberton Mains with her daughter. She works in the NHS as a support services manager managing a large staff group. She is a member of JG&BM community council, committee member of JG Tennis Club, member of Currie Community High School Parents in Partnership Group and a parent board member of Smilechildcare.
Mark Porteous, Trustee
Mark is a family man who works in his family business in Juniper Green. Educated in Edinburgh he has owned and sold several successful businesses over the past 30 years. Recently / presently involved in working with Scottish Government to set up a regulatory framework for the Scottish Funeral Profession. He is a strong communicator with strong business skills and a passion for helping his local community.
Kirsty Cumming, Trustee
Kirsty lives in Juniper Green with her family. She is a Co-Pharmacy Manager for a large supermarket involving her balancing helping the community with healthcare whilst running a customer focused business. She was joint chair of Juniper Green Primary School Parent Council for 3 years and now focuses on fundraising for the school.
Anne Wimberley, Trustee
Anne is a retired teacher who has lived in Juniper Green for over 20 years and spent much of her childhood abroad giving her an appreciation for ‘community’. She is Fundraising Officer for Pentlands Labour Party constituency and has a wealth of experience in local fundraising. She is also an active participant on the Juniper Green & Baberton Mains Community Council.
How you can help
The total project cost is approximately £420,000. But, PCS already have some financial support and grants which have enabled us to make a start and request CEC to transfer the site into community ownership.
Thank you to all of those local residents and others who have been so generous – see our Supporters page for details of the grant-making bodies and Trusts who have supported us to date.
PCS is actively asking for more from Trusts and corporate donors and will be making a further local appeal, so PCS needs your help!
There are various way you can donate, see full details in the section below.
Other talents needed
If you would like to be part of the team that makes it happen, PCS is looking for people with experience of social media, marketing expertise and art and crafting skills. If you have experience in any of these areas or other skills that you feel would help us, please get in touch, as we would love to have you on board!
Let’s add another lasting monument to this village
How to make a donation
Please send your cheque to:
Pentlands Community Space, c/o The Treasurer, Mr D Geary, 2 Baberton Square, Edinburgh, EH14 5DP
Top up your donation with Gift Aid
If you are sending us a cheque, please also complete and return the Gift Aid Declaration with your cheque (link below) as it will top up your donation at no cost to you.
The Gift Aid scheme means that if you’re a UK taxpayer and you give money to charity, the charity can claim back the tax you’ve paid on this money.
The charity claims this tax back direct from HMRC. So this boosts the amount you’ve given to charity but doesn’t cost you any extra.