Who We Are

The Heart of Newhaven Community was constituted on 28th January 2019 with a Steering Group of twelve members.   In order to process our application for the Community Asset Transfer of Victoria Primary School we registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) on 4th February 2020 reconstituted as a Scottish Charity Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), charity number SC049919.

Here are the brief profiles of our current team, including Trustees and Consultants, indicating the range of qualification, experience, local interest and involvement in developing our plans.  

We are a very varied team, always looking for others with something special contribute and the scope to volunteer.  So please contact us.   If you meet any of us in the street, stop and have a chat. 

Rodney Matthews (Chair) - Trustee

Retired minister appointed MBE for lifelong services to ecumenical dialogue and Pilgrims Crossing Scotland 2000.  Originally a quantity surveyor, now chairman of the owners’ association of the large waterfront development where he has lived since 2013. 

Draws together the diversity of the Heart of Newhaven Community.

Contact: Chair@heartofnewhaven.co.uk

Alan Hartley (Treasurer) - Trustee

Chartered accountant, with KPMG for over 30 years.   Currently Chairman of Mactaggart & Mickel, (£100m turnover).  Involved in charities, including Scottish Cancer Foundation (chair) and Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland. Married a girl from Hawthornvale who attended Victoria Primary and became the local pharmacist.

Mhairi Scott - Trustee 


Final year postgraduate MSc student as Interpretation Designer and researcher, learning ways to help people enjoy and be inspired by things they see. Volunteer with a number of local charities. Worked for Changeworks for environmental projects in North Edinburgh, previously a shop manager for gallery shops, and care work. 

Colin Mackneill - Trustee 

Corporate lawyer with over 25 years experience working in private   practice.  Trustee  of the National Piping Centre in Glasgow and in       recent years has piped in the Gala Queen and Fisher King at the Newhaven Gala.  An elder of Newhaven Church where with his wife, born and brought up locally, and family he worships regularly.

Judith Crabb - Trustee

Town Planner by profession, has worked the Voluntary and Community sector for over 30 years, including CEO, Business Development Manager and Funding Officer with experience of working on projects in England, Wales and Scotland. A volunteer with several local charities and serves on the Community Council.

Christine McDerment Trustee

Retired journalist who lived and worked in several countries before retiring home to Scotland in 2010. Trustee of the History of Education Centre, as well as a volunteer role-play teacher in their Victorian Schoolroom, and a reader with Lothian Sound, Edinburgh’s Talking Newspaper for the Blind.  Enjoys family history research.

Iwona Nabialek - Trustee

Development Officer at the Edinburgh International Festival. 

Broad experience in events and project management and exploring interest in digital engagement and community development.  Originally from Poland, graduated in Festival and Event Management from Napier University, making Newhaven her “forever home”.  

David Scott  - Trustee

 Practising architect who has lived in the local area for over twenty  years, setting up an architectural practice with his wife, Lesley Dell.  

Works with community groups and housing associations. Over thirty years experience in helping preserve and enhance historic buildings.   Happy memories of VPS galas and discos.

Norma Johnston - Trustee

Solution-Focused counsellor whose main interest is in mental health   and well-being.  Her working life started in Craighall Road, passing Victoria Primary School every day.   

Now come full circle, living in the area, she believes the Heart of Newhaven engagement will bring significant benefits towards a healthier community.

Roger Walpole - Trustee


Production Manager for Edinburgh University Student Association,     making student events happen as well as supporting various partners, including Jazz, Science and Fringe Festivals.   Worked in theatre in many roles.    Treasurer of Victoria Primary School’s PTA and parent council as well as a trustee for the school trust.

Grant Laing -  Trustee

Business Consultant working across the UK and internationally, living in the local area for over thirty years, tracing his family back to the whaling industry in Leith & Newhaven.  Team Secretary with Spartans F.C. U17s, with one child still at Trinity High School.    Actively involved with children’s technical and social development

Archie Mills - Consultant

 Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with a flair for project management and marketing strategy.  Born in Edinburgh and brought up in Helensburgh, has a real appreciation of seaside communities and activities. Now living in Broughton, has founded his own marketing consultancy.

Andrew Waldie - Consultant

Retired civil servant, chartered accountant and management consultant with wide experience of assisting private and public sector organisations achieve change and deliver improved performance.  Part-time adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau. Living near the Shore, has also been a Trustee and Treasurer of two small charities

Jennifer Malborough - Consultant 


Before retirement career in nursing and nurse education, Head of Learning and Development, Alzheimer Scotland.  Currently Secretary for the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council and involved Leith Heritage group, the Cockburn Association, Leith Civic Trust and Friends of Water of Leith Basins.


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