The Board

The following are the founding directors of Harlaw Hydro Ltd. Board membership is governed by the rules of the society.

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Lynn Molleson Director

LynnMIMG_0555Lynn is one of the four founding directors of Harlaw Hydro, she was also a founding Director of Balerno Village Trust in 2009 and of Pentland DofE and currently co-ordinates Silver level. In her ‘real job’ Lynn works for DTAS (Development Trust Association Scotland) as an Advisor for the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS).

Lynn also has a strong interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency, having worked in the past for Changeworks on fuel poverty campaigns. Lynn pretends to be fit by commuting using her ebike.

Ian Hynd – Directorianhynd

Ian is an Industrial designer, company director and Postgraduate student at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh University. He is also the Chairman of Balerno Community Council and a director of Balerno Village Trust and has been a resident in Balerno since 1984.  Ian is one the four founding directors.

Simon Dormer – Director

Simon is a self-employed chartered surveyor with over 15 years’ experience working in the commercial property industry. He runs his own highly-focused consultancy and is both knowledgeable on planning and property-related development matters and also has broad experience in raising finance in the commercial sector.  Simon is one the four founding directors.

Martin Petty – Chairman & Company Secretary

martinpMartin is a retired IT consultant. After a long and successful career in IT management he spent 7 years in consultancy helping companies prepare robust business cases and taking approved projects through to implementation. Martin has served time as Treasurer of the Balerno Village Trust and is Treasurer of the Balerno Music Festival where he has been part of the team organising the Festival since its inception.  Martin is one the four founding directors.

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Mike is a Project Manager with Logan PM, a renewable energy consultancy in Edinburgh and holds a Master in Renewable Energy Engineering, with distinction, from Heriot Watt University.  Mike moved to Balerno with his family in 2004 and their many walks around Harlaw Reservoir led them to explore the possibility of installing a hydro facility there.  This idea eventually led to the formation of Harlaw Hydro.

Andrew Clark – Directorandrewclark

Andrew has been involved with Harlaw Hydro
since the detailed Design and Construction process started in 2013. A Chartered Civil Engineer and Information Technology Professional he was a member of the Technical Team that delivered the successful project including close supervision of contractors on site.

Alister Skinner – Director

Formerly aalisterskinner geologist with the British Antarctic Survey and the British Geological Survey responsible for the entire UK Marine Operations Programme of the British Geological Survey.

In 2007 he set up his own consulting company collecting core data for foundation and environmental issues surrounding infrastructure projects particularly in the field of renewable energy in Iceland, Japan and the UK.

The logistical, contractual and interactive expertise involved in all of the above was put to good practical use while working with the Harlaw Hydro team.

Gordon Grassick – Treasurer

GordonGrassickimage1Gordon is a retired Chartered Accountant, having spent over 40 years involved in the accountancy profession, manufacturing industry, IT, and financial management both in the Edinburgh area and several overseas locations.

His wife Jenny, gave over 30 years teaching service to Balerno High School, and their family grew up in Balerno.

Gordon is very enthusiastic about the Balerno area, and is happy to assist with the Harlaw Hydro accounting, and ongoing management of Harlaw Hydro.

Richard McLeod

RichardMcLeodP1040308mI am married with two daughters, both now at University. I have lived in Balerno for 17 years after moving here from Oxford via a short sojourn in the Midlands.

I have a passion for the local community and am an Explorer Scout leader with Wildfire Explorers in the village. I am keen on many outdoor pursuits including hill walking, sailing, kayaking and cycling. I am a member of St Mungo’s church in the village.

Finally I should probably mention that I work for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) as a specialist in the management of radioactive waste and am also a director of Balerno Village Trust.

Jill Gillard

I have lived in Balerno for 21 years with my husband Nige and 2 boys Adam (23) and Elliot (21). I was born in Yorkshire and worked in science jobs in England before re-training by taking a Masters in environmental Science at Napier University. I have worked at Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) since 2006, initially as an ecologist in the Edinburgh area and latterly as a pollution control officer in the Falkirk and Stirling area.

I have been involved with many aspects of Balerno life (including playgroup, cubs, PTA, and Harmeny Woodland group) as well as helping with the Main Street Gardeners, Tattie and Apple Days at the Farmers Market.

In 2012, I was part of the group who planted the Malleny Avenue fruit trees (Sustain Balerno’s Community Orchard Project).

I’m a keen walker and cyclist and a Director of BVT.

Richard Blackburn

With an MBA from the University of Strathclyde I operated my own consultancy business for 18 years following various senior management roles in local government.  I served as member of Court for the  University of West of Scotland for 9 years, the last 3 as Chair of Court, and was awarded an honorary doctorate upon retirement from Court.

I believe I have a good appreciation of the roles and responsibilities of a director.