One Linlithgow is a private, not-for-profit Company operated by a Board of volunteer Directors. All of those Directors have a stake in Linlithgow (most are business owners, others are local Councillors or representatives of community groups) and all give up their time for the benefit of Linlithgow’s business community.
The Directors oversee the activity of a small staff team, all of whom know and love Linlithgow inside out.
If you’re interested in the rules of the Company itself, you can read our Articles of Association in full.
Allow us to introduce ourselves!
Board of Directors
Having spent more than 25 years in Marketing Agencies, Evelyn worked for scores of high-profile business clients, undertaking research, data planning and marketing, and gained tourism-specific experience at the Yorkshire Tourist Board. Area promotion and business savviness is Evelyn’s bread and butter! Evelyn now runs a successful business with her sister. Ever since choosing to bring Lilypond Crafts & Gifts from online only to Linlithgow High Street in May 2017, Evelyn has become actively involved in Linlithgow community activity, and prior to One Linlithgow’s successful ballot, was an instrumental member of the Steering Group, before accepting the position of Chair thereafter.
Having graduated with a First Class Honours in Optometry from the University of Ulster, Diana moved to Edinburgh in 2004, where she completed a post-graduate degree in Therapeutics. Diana and her husband settled in West Lothian and subsequently opened their first Specsavers practice in Musselburgh, building it up over 12 years to be a thriving, successful business. The commute took its toll, however, especially after the arrival of their two children. In 2019, Diana and family decided to re-establish themselves, choosing to live and work locally, in order to restore the work/life balance. Diana has thoroughly enjoyed her time thus far and has worked tirelessly to provide high quality, affordable eyecare in Linlithgow. Having always taken an active interest in the local community, Diana quickly became involved in the erstwhile Linlithgow Town Centre BID, supporting the newly-formed One Linlithgow and joining the Board of Directors. In this role, Diana’s background in both business and patient care has proved indispensable in influencing decision-making and protecting the interests of local businesses like her own.
Liam is the Vice Captain of Linlithgow Golf Club, recently retired from Police Scotland where he spent 30 years serving the public across the Lothians and latterly investigating Major Crime. He moved to Linlithgow eight years ago from East Lothian and enjoys much of his time out walking Hugo the Labrador, discovering all the walks and coffee stops in and around the town. Having joined the One Linlithgow Board, Liam quickly discovered that Linlithgow is rich in business and innovative ideas, which he is committed to supporting through the BID, attracting new business from both locals and tourists.
Currently Vice-Chairman and long-standing member of Linlithgow Union Canal Society, after a career in avionics engineering and programme management with Ferranti/ Marconi/BAE Systems in Edinburgh – and a few years as an Artist Blacksmith at Birkhill. Originally a Fifer, Mike moved to Linlithgow in 1973 and took root, becoming involved with the Academy School Council, on the Board of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, and involved in various local societies in various capacities: LUCS, with its entirely voluntary workforce and wide-ranging functions, has dominated his interest for decades. Would not choose to live anywhere else.
Directors (Elected Members):
Tom Kerr was first elected as a Councillor in 1992 and has been Provost of West Lothian Council since 2007. Tom’s career was spent in seafaring and Marine Engineering, which took him to many destinations across the globe. He spent several years lecturing Marine Engineering and ultimately ran his own consultancy business. Cllr. Kerr is passionate about his home town of Linlithgow and West Lothian, and has built many strong relationships with businesses and organisations across the county. He is a Board Member of West Lothian Leisure and Visit West Lothian, and Chair of local charity, Linlithgow Link.
David first set up in business in the late 1970s as a subcontractor to his employer. In the early 1980s, he bought out the division he had been subcontracting to and went on to employ around 80 staff operating throughout Scotland, North of England and offshore. David has experience of doing business in Holland, Germany, France and Africa; he has provided services to a start-up property developer now a prominent UK player, a major sports project and a family bakery business. David has an active interest in small business development since delivering newspapers in Wick about 60 years ago. He Chaired the Linlithgow Business Association when it successfully applied to the Scottish Government for seedcorn funding to set up a Linlithgow Business Improvement District. He set up the Black Bitch community magazine in 2011.
Ron is convenor of Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow, the voluntary group which seeks to enhance the town, primarily with floral displays, encouraging civic pride and visitor appeal. In 2018, he received a Community Champion Award from Britain in Bloom and, seven years earlier, a similar award from the Scottish Civic Trust. He chairs the Burgh Trust committee responsible for the Linlithgow Civic Insignia Sculptures Project, and is a long-term committee member of Linlithgow Civic Trust. He is a Community Council member and sits as a community representative on the Town Management Group as well as on One Linlithgow BID. Professionally, he was a town planner who worked for nearly thirty years on award-winning regeneration projects in Glasgow and was a compiler/publisher of street maps of Scottish towns, selling over two million copies.
Originally a city-centre bar manager by trade, Eddie began his career as a consultant to BIDs across the Central Belt in 2014. Since then, he has delivered successful BID ballots in Falkirk, Midlothian, and of course, West Lothian, as well as facilitating non-BID collaborative-funding initiatives between major organisations such as University of Edinburgh, Roslin Institute, Scotland’s Rural College, Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh Technopole and other world-leading scientific research units, to form the “Midlothian Science Zone”. Throughout this time, Eddie has remained committed to Linlithgow above all else, and is proud to serve One Linlithgow and its member businesses.
Sally has over 20 years experience working in customer service roles, starting in Linlithgow High Street itself! Working in various close contact roles gave her the experience in dealing with customers with sensitivity and empathy. She developed her project management skills in a small team whilst working at Heineken’s Head Office in Edinburgh, where she looked after over 100 managed pubs throughout the UK. Once getting the project management bug she started at Mill Road BID where she built relationships with the local businesses and went on to work towards the re-ballot and getting One Linlithgow BID going. A Linlithgow girl born and raised, she is delighted to be working and raising a family locally and enjoying all the treasures Linlithgow has to offer while working to make improvements too!