Henry McLeish was born in Methil, Fife into a mining family and played professional football for East Fife FC and Leeds United before taking up lecturing at Heriot-Watt University and later going into politics. He served as a Councillor and Leader in Fife Regional Council, part of which was during the Miners’ Strikes. Henry was elected as labour MP for Parliament in 1987 and joined the Scottish Office in 1997. On the establishment of the Scottish parliament, Henry was elected as MSP for Fife Central in 1999 and became First Minister in 2000. Since leaving main stream politics in Henry has lectured widely, particularly in the United States, and published several books. Henry is currently involved with consultancy work including with Halogen Communications Ltd
Keith is a freelance writer, broadcaster and conference facilitator who joined the Trust in 2002, and brings an invaluable expert knowledge of the media. A former Industrial Editor of The Scotsman and columnist for The Scotsman, the Herald, Scotland on Sunday and Holyrood Magazine, he is now a columnist for the Scottish Daily Express, as well as writing regularly for several magazines, including US-based Scottish Life. His history of the Scottish trade union movement, 'The Bairns o' Adam', was published in 1997, and he has contributed to several books and pamphlets on Scottish politics and economic matters. He also compiles prize crosswords and reviews opera. His interests include reading, music and collecting American political memorabilia.
John has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1996. He is a retired Town Planner and worked at a senior level in local government in Midlothian for almost 30 years. His background in planning, property and development has been useful to the Board in taking forward its ambitious programmes for the Museum. He is a member of Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. His outside interests include travel, digital photography and hillwalking.
Robert Anderson is Chair of the Friends of the Museum and a former volunteer. He lives in Newtongrange. A retired former NHS manager, he is a non-executive director of NHS Lothian and Chair of the Edinburgh Community Health Partnership. He is Vice-Chair of Melville Housing Association Ltd, Dalkeith and a director of Ironmills Developments Ltd. His other interests include music and in particular opera, travel and walking.
Colin joined the Trustees in 2007. An elected member of Midlothian Council, he spent 23 years as an international banker (1972-1995, followed by a career as an investment banker in the City of London from 1995 until 2006. In October 2006 he became a full-time politician, and has held the office of SNP National Treasurer since 2004. In May 2011 he was elected MSP for Midlothian North & Musselburgh.
Besides the SNP, he is a member of the National Trust for Scotland, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Historic Scotland. His hobbies and interests include politics, reading, gardening, movies and classical music.
Dennis joined the trust in 2007. The grandson of a miner, his early career was in education, being first Principal Teacher of mathematics at St Modan’s High School, Stirling, and then Assistant Head at Holyrood High School, Ediburgh. He served as MP for West Stirlingshire (1974-83) and then for Falkirk West (1983 - 2000). He then became MSP for Falkirk West (1999 - 2007), during which time he was convener of the cross-party sports group.
His interest in sport continues; he is Hon. President of Milton Amateurs Football Club, and President of Ramblers Scotland. Now retired, his interest in mining also continues as a member of the Bannockburn Miners’ Welfare Club.
Eric, for twenty six years a coal miner,has had an active political career, in both local government and in Parliament,where he represented Midlothian for nine years. He was elected to the Trust in 1997.He was General Secretary of the NUM (Scotland) for twelve years, and for five years served on the National Executive of the Labour Party. He maintains his interest in politics as a member of the Labour Party and the Cooperative Party, and in other ways.
By way of other interests, he is a shareholder in Hibernian Football Club, and a member of Arniston No1 Fishing Syndicate, Gladhouse.
Robert is the son and grandson of former miners who worked at Lady Victoria Colliery. Married with one son he worked for the Department of Social Security and Benefits Agency for about 40 years. Elected to the Trust in 2003 his wide range of experience and local contacts are useful to the museum. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Dalkeith, Treasurer of Oxfam Dalkeith and a past captain of Melville Golf Club. His hobbies and interests include hill walking, Tai Chi, golf and reading.
After graduating from Heriot-Watt University, joined the National Coal Board rising through various managerial roles at collieries in Ayrshire, Fife, Lothians and Stirlingshire. Following period as Manager of Monktonhall Colliery moved to British Coal Headquarters becoming Manager, Mines Rescue. Represented British Coal on various ECSC Experts Committees on health and safety, including the Working Party on Rescue, Mine Fires and Explosions. Represented the UK on the Committee on Safety and Health in Mines set up by the ILO in Geneva. On leaving British Coal acted as independent consultant on various mining projects in Europe and America.
Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Secretary of The Mining Institute of Scotland and Chairman of The Mining Institute of Scotland Trust.
Currently works in local government as Head of Department responsible for Fleet, Procurement and Property matters.
Nicolas joined the Trust in 2003. Originally an underground electrician, he has a long record of service to the coal industry and its workers, having been successively Branch Official, Executive CMTE Memberand President of the Scottish Colliery Enginemen, Boilermen and Tradesmen’s Association.
From 1989-1996 and from 1998 to date, he has been President and General Secretary of NUM Scotland Area, and from 1988 to date he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Labour Party. He is a trustee of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, Chair of the Scottish Coal Industry Social Welfare Fund, and Chair of Fife/Lanarkshire Miners’ Convalescent Home.
Peter joined the Trustees in September 2007 with a family background in mining, his father being an ex-miner and his elder brothers being involved in the West Lothian shale mining industry.
Educated at Lanark Grammar School, Glasgow University and Jordanhill Training College, he taught mathematics at Lanark Grammar School before joining the Royal Navy as Instructor. He transferred to the Royal Army Educational Corps in 1970 as a career officer, reaching the rank of Colonel before taking early retirement to take up the post of Secretary of Heriot-Watt University. He retired from this post in December 2010 and us now enjoying his retirement. Whilst in the Army he undertook a post-graduate course in Manpower Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.
He is a member of the friends of the RSA and the Botanical Gardens. His recreations include hill-walking, golf, jogging and gardening, and he also enjoys classical music and sings in a choir.
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