Community Council

About / councillors

Office bearers

    Lawrie Hayworth - Chair

    Lesley Morrison - vice-chair

    Graham Mackie - Treasurer

    Caitlin Ramsay- Secretary

   Scott Rae  - minutes secretary

Community Councillors

    John Crawley

    Amanda Durkin

   Chris Forsyth

    Alan Mackenzie

    Kathleen Marshall

    Julie Shearer

    Eddie Smith

    Scott Watson

    Les Turnbull

    Scott Rae

    Finlay Durkin

George Ramsay

SBC Tweeddale Councillors

    Eric Small

    Shona Haslam

    Heather Anderson

    Kris Chapman

    Robin Tatler

    Stuart Bell

Community Councillor profiles


Mandy Durkin: has lived in Peebles for 16 years and worked as, outreach coordinator for the Eastgate Theatre for 12 of those, and administrator for Peebles Arts Festival for 5 years; she currently runs Red Button Drama Arts, taking drama & arts to local schools and community groups; she has an interest in supporting Peebles as a thriving, independent, free thinking community in an ever changing landscape.

John Crawley:

Chris Forsyth:

Alan MacKenzie:

Kathleen Marshall:

Scott Rae:

Lawrie Hayworth: has lived in the rural Borders for 15 years prior to moving to Peebles; following a business career of over 20 years, established Bookdonors Community Interest Company and contributed to the wider development of Social Enterprise at local and national levels; Community Council participation in the Common Good Sub-committee, Health & Social Care, and local planning.

Les Turnbull:  is from Peebles attending the High school before moving south where he became a Police Officer in Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire and with Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary . Les returned permanently to Peebles about 5 years ago. He has extensive experience of child protection issues, surveillance and organisational oversight. Les' interests are golf, walking and travelling.  

George Ramsay :Has lived in Peebles for nearly 60 years where he has had a successful heating and plumbing business since 1999. Previous to this George was the engineer in Robert Noble's March Street Mill. George also sits on the Beltane Committee and is a member of the Peebles Guildry Corporation. he is happily married with two daughters.

Scott Watson:

Caitlin Ramsay :has lived in Peebles since birth and attended Peebles High School. Caitlin is a civil servant and has worked for the Scottish government for 5 years starting out in Human Resources, moving to Constitutional Affairs and now working in the Community Safety Portfolio. She likes walking and spending time with family and friends 

Finlay Durkin: Finlay Durkin is a 16 year old student at Peebles High School currently studying English , Mathematics,  Graphic Communications,Chemistry and Physics at Higher level in S5. His main interests include computer graphics,guitar and climbing.

Graham Mackie: moved to Peebles in 1992 as it seemed the ideal place to bring up a family; retired in 2013 after 40 years in the world of taxation/accounting/banking and now has more time to enjoy Peebles, when not entertaining grandchildren; particularly interested in sport and is a member of the local golf club and the petanque club as well as Tweed Theatre and the Peebles Ukulele Orchestra.

Lesley Morrison:  has lived with her family in Peebles since 1998; her three, now grown up, children attended Peebles High School and she served on the School Board for four years; she is a GP and member of the Tweedgreen steering group, and has special interest in the environment, sustainability and health and social services.

Julie Shearer: Born in Eddleston and brought up in Broughton, and attended Peebles High School; after time in Edinburgh and Glasgow, returned to Peebles 13 years ago; works with elderly in the Peeblesshire district and aware of problems faced by the onslaught of illness and frailty; very fond of nature, growing vegetables for eating and flowers for pleasure, and feels that it is everyone's responsibility within a town to keep it clean, thriving, and attractive to inhabitants and visitors.

Eddie Smith: has lived in Peebles for 40 years; has been a volunteer for many good causes including the Eastgate Theatre and Sense Scotland, as well as a member of the Beltane Committee for several years; he is currently a committee member of both Peebles Highland Games and Peebles Agricultural Show, as well as being on Peebles Community Council, which he joined in 2014; over the past year Eddie has been involved in 3 Community Council projects: the Bin the Litter Campaign, marshalling at the Gypsy Glen Hill Race and Peebles in Bloom.