Steering Group Members

Membership of the Steering Group is open to anyone in the community who wishes to contribute their time, skills and expertise to this project. Please contact us if you wish to join.

In due course, we expect to form a Community Benefit Society and make shares available to anyone in the community. Details of this will be published at a future date.

The founding members of the Steering Group are:

Stephen Hawkins
Chair

Stephen is a retired Chartered Building Surveyor with experience of project management, budgeting and service delivery. He has lived in Portobello for 30 years and has taken a high profile role in various successful local campaigns notably against two superstores.

Genevieve Parke
Secretary

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Charlie Cavaye
Acting Treasurer

Born into a family who came to Portobello in 1823, I have lived here the majority of my life. I was brought up seeing Portobello as a town rather than a suburb, a view I still hold. Like any town, the high street is the heart of Portobello, but the trend towards ‘superstore’ shopping has seen, for example, the five butchers shops I remember on our High Street as a child, reduced to just one. The demise of our final greengrocer was one loss too many for me and I felt compelled to get involved with this project, which I see as central to strengthening our High Street and retaining Portobello’s sense of independence.

Fiona Anderson
Member

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Diana Cairns
Member

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Ian Humphrey
Member

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Jenny Messer
Member

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Elise Rayner
Member

We are an environmentally conscious family, so we eat mostly vegetarian food with some fish and an occasional haggis. We like to support small businesses too. When we moved here mid 2016, Portobello High Street provided everything we wanted to eat. Sadly, the greengrocer closed down. Organic food is beyond our budget so we had to turn to the supermarket, and their plastic waste. When the community started talking about setting up a greengrocer I was straight there to see how I could help, meet more people and create something great! I’m learning a lot too!