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Malcolm Burr - the Convener

Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar was appointed as the new Convener of the Electoral Management Board for Scotland (EMB), for a period of 4 years with effect from 1 July 2018. 

Mr Burr takes over the role from retiring Convener, Mary Pitcaithly OBE who was the first Convener and carried out the role for 7 years.

Mr Burr is a solicitor by profession and has been Chief Executive and Returning Officer of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar since November 2005. He was previously Assistant Chief Executive and Depute Returning Officer of Orkney Islands Council from 2000-2005 and had experience within the Councils of the Orkney Islands and Strathclyde.

He is a member of the Electoral Management Board and the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe. Malcolm hails from Edinburgh, and has degrees in Law from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. He is a former Chair of SOLACE Scotland, the representative body for Local Government Chief Executives.

David Martin

David Martin is Chief Executive of Dundee City Council, a post which he took up in December 2014.  Previously he was Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council, prior to which he held senior management posts with several local authorities, working in the fields of economic policy, business and property development, community planning, housing, finance and environmental services.

David studied at Glasgow University where he gained B.Sc Hons and an M.Phil in town and regional planning. Originally from Motherwell, he now lives near Dunblane.

David has been an Executive Member of the Scottish Society of Directors of Planning and has held several directorships of both commercial and not for profit organisations.  He is currently a non-executive director of the Dundee Rep.

In the past David has been Chair of SoLACE Scotland, Depute Chair of the West of Scotland Regional Resilience Partnership, and the Public Procurement Reform Board and Early Years Task Force.   He is  currently  a member of the Serious Organised Crime Task Force chaired by the Justice Minister.   

His interests include Scottish history, politics, golf, music, endeavouring to retain a modicum of fitness and being an undaunted supporter of Motherwell FC. 

Ian Milton

Ian Milton has been the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer for the Grampian Area since September 2009. Prior to this appointment Ian had worked at Assistant Director and Depute levels in Grampian since 1991.

Ian qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1987 and practiced in Lothian and Fife. In 1991 he moved to the North East of Scotland and in 1992 was invited to join the Scottish Assessors Association (SAA). In 1997 he joined the Association of Electoral Administrators. He is now a qualified member of the AEA and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Ian has considerable experience in electoral registration and valuation for local taxation. 

He was chair of the SAA Electoral Registration Committee 2013 - 2017 and President of the SAA 2017 – 2019. He continues to serve on the SAA’s Executive Committee.

Pete Wildman

Pete trained as a Chartered Surveyor in private practice in London and qualified in 1991.  On qualification he relocated to Stirling to work for the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer for Central Region.

He joined the Scottish Assessors Association in 2005 and is currently Vice Chair of the Association’s Electoral Registration Committee. He is an active member of the Association of Electoral Administrators and is Training Officer for the Scotland and Northern Ireland Branch. Pete holds both the AEA Certificate and Diploma in Electoral Administration.

He was formally appointed Assessor & Electoral Registration Officer for Central Scotland in August 2014, having carried out the role in an acting capacity since January 2014.

Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr took up post as Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council on 27 July 2015. He has previously been Chief Executive of Cornwall, Wiltshire and North Tyneside councils, and Chief Operating Officer in Cardiff.

A former international athlete, Andrew’s professional background is in Leisure and Sport and he was Director of Leisure and Culture at Birmingham Council (2000/2004) and Head of Participation at Sports Council for Wales for six years. Known for his work on Social capital, with an interest in developing communities, a reputation for his approach to change management and large scale joint ventures for economic benefit, he is one of the most experienced local government leaders working today.

Jim Savege

Jim started his career through training as a teacher in Liverpool before working in management consultancy across a range of sectors including defence and utilities. His career in local government spans over a decade with previous roles at Staffordshire County Council and Cumbria County Council.

Jim took up post as Chief Executive with Aberdeenshire Council in February 2015.  He is Returning Officer for Aberdeenshire Council, overseeing the effective provision of General, Scottish and Local Elections, and the EU Referendum. He is a committed to ensuring individuals and communities are able to participate fully and effectively in elections and democratic activity.

Jim is the SOLACE Scotland spokesperson for Economic Development, a member of the Scottish Resilience Partnership, and Clerk to the Lieutenancy for Aberdeenshire.

Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford was recently appointed Assessor & Electoral Registration Officer for Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board having served as Depute for the area for the last 10 years. She joined Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board in 1997.

Kate qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1981 whilst working for the Assessor for Dunbartonshire and Argyle & Bute. On qualification, Kate spent a period of time in private practice before rejoining an Assessor’s Office in 1997. She became a member of the Scottish Assessors Association in 2004 and in 2006 joined the Association of Electoral Administrators where she served as Scottish & Northern Ireland Branch Chair from 2012 -2014, after which she was elected to the National Board of the AEA and served as Depute, Chair and immediate past Chair from 2014-2017. She has recently been appointed as Vice Chair of the Scottish Assessors Association’s Electoral Registration Committee.

Steve Grimmond

Steve Grimmond is the Chief Executive of Fife Council and Returning Officer for Fife.

He has previously held Director, Chief Officer and Executive posts at Fife Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Dundee City Council and the Department of Health and Social Security with a range of areas of responsibility spanning planning, economic development, transportation, asset management, housing, culture and sport, parks and countryside, sustainability and emergency planning.

He was appointed as a Returning Officer member of the EMB from October 2018 for a four year term.

Angela Leitch

Angela Leitch was appointed Chief Executive of East Lothian Council in 2011.  She joined East Lothian from Clackmannanshire Council, where she held the post of Chief Executive from February 2009. Prior to this role, Angela was Head of Service with the City of Edinburgh Council, responsible for city-wide services and the development of an innovative new neighbourhood management and governance arrangement.

Angela joined the city council from West Lothian Council where she headed up their corporate support services and change management programmes, developing new models of service delivery in conjunction with partner organisations such as health and the police.

Angela has over 25 years experience in local government having started her career in human resource management and then gaining experience in a range of services, taking up increasingly senior roles at the same time.