The PEDAL Board

PEDAL’s Board of Directors meet on a monthly basis to monitor the company’s finances, determine company policy, and provide oversight of the projects. There are 12 spaces on the PEDAL Board, and up to nine of these are open to ordinary members of PEDAL who are elected at Annual General Meetings. The remaining three spaces are for Directors co-opted by the Board – these can be PEDAL members or other people who have relevant skills and experience.

Our current Board members are listed below, along with a short profile of their skills, experience and interests.

Eva Schonveld (Chair)

Eva Schonveld has lived in Portobello for the last 16 years and has raised her three boys here. She was a founder mem­ber of PEDAL, helped set up the PEDAL orch­ard as part of the food group, and was part of the team who developed PEDAL’s CCF fun­ded pro­jects. She has worked in com­munity devel­op­ment and involve­ment pro­jects for the past 24 years and is very com­mit­ted to the ideas behind the Transition model. Together with oth­ers in PEDAL she set up Transition Scotland Support, where she has been involved in work­ing to sup­port Transition com­munit­ies across Scotland and building a national net­work for them. Eva is the project coordinator of the Fife Diet, and is a member of Portobello Community Council

EVE Parsons

Community gardening and organic farming has played a major role in building my passion to bring about environmental change in our communities, from Hulme community garden in Manchester to Bath Street community garden in Portobello. Official work placements and education have also played a part: for example, my final year research project at Glasgow School of Art focused on urban food production, and my work in Inverness focused on energy efficient homes, preparing veg boxes, and gardening more generally.
I have lived in Portobello since January 2013, with my two year old daughter, Alice and husband Hugh. As newcomers to the area, we are keen to involve ourselves in the community, transition group and local environmental agendas. I am also currently a member of an active 8 piece band, playing the saxophone and clarinet. We write our own songs and gig regularly in and around Edinburgh.

Gordon McCulloch

I grew up in the Scottish Borders town of Selkirk which gave me a strong sense of community. During my 25 years of work as a GP in Portobello I lived here too and continue to do so. I have an interest in healthy, sustainable, locally produced food; hence my membership of Slow Food. Last year I established Portobello Apple which seeks to be a non-profit making community network linking local apple growers with local consumers. I have also actively supported the Portobello Market and Portobello Community Orchard. Further afield I have been involved in Breadshare, a breadmaking social enterprise and also in the private financing of local businesses.

I believe that communities like Portobello need to be working towards greater resilience in coping with future challenges whether climatic, economic or cultural and whatever the underlying causes. There are profound difficulties in this. Working with transition organisations like PEDAL offer the best way of making progress.

Diana Cairns

Diana worked for two blue chip companies, in the energy and finance sectors, for over 20 years.  Her background is in training and organisational development, with experience in designing, delivering and evaluating training, designing organisational level development strategies and project management. She has been involved in a number of successful high profile local campaigns for environmental justice, including Portobello Campaign Against the Superstore and Portobello Opposes New Garbage Site. Diana has lots of experienced in organising and running events and fundraising, and is involved in a number of other local groups.

Ian Cooke

Ian was born and raised in Portobello. He worked for 27 years in community development roles in Edinburgh and Greater Glasgow, and through successive local government re-organisations. Ian is author of Radical Community Work: Perspectives from practice in Scotland, written with Mae Shaw. He is currently Director of Development Trusts Association Scotland, the community-led regeneration network and national trade association for community development trusts. In addition to his community development experience, Ian brings skills in strategic planning, organisational development and financial management.

Stephen Hawkins (Treasurer)

Stephen is a Chartered Building Surveyor with extens­ive exper­i­ence of work­ing in local gov­ern­ment, hous­ing asso­ci­ations and the health ser­vice. He has been a part time lec­turer in hous­ing main­ten­ance and building surveying at Heriot Watt University, and, between 2007 and 2012, was one of three Councillors for the Portobello/Craigmillar ward on City of Edinburgh Council. Stephen attends Portobello Community Council and has a long involve­ment in local affairs, includ­ing sev­eral suc­cess­ful local cam­paigns and pro­jects. He has skills and exper­i­ence in prob­lem solv­ing, pro­ject man­age­ment, budget­ing and con­trol of expendit­ure. He also holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Edinburgh University, and is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Stephen’s par­tic­u­lar interest is in integ­rated energy man­age­ment and reduc­tion in urban areas.

Justin Kenrick

Justin chaired PEDAL from its inception in 2005 until 2010 when he shifted his focus to other PEDAL projects, and other community climate change work. In 2009 he stopped lecturing in social anthropology at Glasgow University to focus on supporting community responses to climate change. He helped develop a strategy for Fife Council to support community carbon reduction initiatives; and worked with initiatives across Scotland to build community resilience Holyrood 350. His current work focuses on supporting forest peoples in Central Africa to regain their rights to their lands. He has lived in Portobello since 1998 with Eva and their 3 boys (with brief periods living on Eigg and in Falkland), and is interested in how ‘local to local’ connections – across Scotland, and across the Global North/South divide – could radically re-energize national and international action for sustainability.

Mandy Lawson

Mandy works  for  City of Edinburgh Council, currently with the  corporate Business Intelligence team.  She brings 2 dec­ades of professional exper­i­ence in economic development, com­munity devel­op­ment, adult learn­ing and pro­ject man­age­ment in the public and voluntary sector. Mandy has volun­teered with PEDAL for sev­eral years and has a strong per­sonal interest in sus­tain­able liv­ing. She recently spent two months  living and working in Findhorn Foundation ecovillage in the north of Scotland.

Peter McColl

Peter is a community activist who has lived in Edinburgh for 12 years. Peter came to Edinburgh to study geography, public policy and critical theory. His thesis was on land reform in Scotland. While at University, Peter was President of Edinburgh People and Planet and Vice President of the Students’ Association (EUSA), during which time he campaigned for carbon reduction, Fair Trade and ethical investment of Edinburgh University’s reserves. He worked for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and acted as Chair of Transition Support Scotland, an organisation that supports Scotland’s Transition Towns movement. Peter lives in Portobello with his partner, Maggie. He has been active in PEDAL since its creation. He has particular interests in community ownership and land reform. Peter is an editor of the Bright Green blog, and is currently Rector of Edinburgh University.

Neil Woodward (company secretary)

After completing a degree in Microbiology & Virology in 1985, Neil worked for the University of Nottingham Department of Pharmacology doing research for a well-known household products manufacturer. He went on to work for Scottish & Newcastle Plc in 1990, first in fermentation research and then as Pilot Brewery Manager, where he was instrumental in brewing and packaging designer beers.  He later became Consumer Relations Manager for the UK, completed his MBA and became an auditor for BSI.  Unfortunately, due to ill health, Neil was retired from this role in 2009, but following a full recovery is now looking for a new career.  His interest in PEDAL came about through being involved in the Donkeyfield Orchard, and the opportunity to become more involved in the community was too good to miss. Neil lives in Portobello with his wife, Lorna, and their son Alexander. He is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.