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Lesley Hinds

Successful politician

About me


NAME: Lesley Hinds

CITY: Edinburgh

COUNTRY: UK

NATIONALITY: British

BACKGROUND: University Degree

ACTION/SECTOR: Politics and Goverment

POSITION: Political convenor of the Transport, Infrastructure & Environment Committee; Chaor of the largest party in the council - Labour Group

ORGANIZATION: City of Edinburgh Council

My Background and Career

Education and professional background
Diploma in Primary School Education, Dundee College
Primary School Teacher Lothian Regional Council 1977-1980
Honorary Degrees
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons
Doctorate for Edinburgh University awarded 2008
Fellowship of Telford College awarded 2008
Elected Positions
Councillor for Edinburgh District Council 1984 - 1996
Leader of Edinburgh District Council 1993 - 1996
Councillor for Drylaw/Muirhouse on the City of Edinburgh Council 1996 - 2007
Past elected representative - Association of Labour Councillors
Convener of Lothian and Borders Police Board 1999 - 2003
Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh 2003 - 2007
Councillor for Inverleith on The City of Edinburgh Council 2007 to date
Convener of the Transport Infrastructure and Environment Committee 2012 to date
Boards
Chair Edinburgh Marketing 1990 - 1993
Chair of North Edinburgh Area Renewal from 1996 - 2007
Board member of Pilton Partnership 1996 - 2007
Board member of North Edinburgh Arts 2003 to date
Community
Previous Chair of Edinburgh Mela
Chair of Edinburgh Fairtrade City
Current member of the City of Literature Board
Chair of Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership
Governor of Donaldsons School for the Deaf 2007
Previous member of Muirhouse Housing Assoc.
Previous member of Muirhouse Neighbourhood Centre Management Committee
Charities
Founder of the One City Trust for Edinburgh 

My Experience

Economic – remuneration is very poor for Councillors and child care costs very expensive
Family – juggling childcare with my husband and having time to spend with the children supporting them with homework etc.
Personal – building confidence in myself and my own judgement and abilities
Social (Discrimination…..) – Being treated seriously as a senior politician by the media and other social institutions

My Skills

Opportunities and threats which had a strong influence on your career.
Opportunities – Being selected to stand as a candidate in a winnable seat for Labour in 1984; When positions became available I was encourage to put myself forward; The support of other women in the party gave me confidence
Threats – Discrimination against women in politics; Juggling time and resources – having a young family when a politician

 

Hints & Tips

Did some thing give you inspiration for your project / action / enterprise?
Watching other initiatives being managed so badly (including the Tram Project)

Suggestions and advice to give to women:

• Be determined
• Find other women in similar circumstances to share experiences and give mutual support – you will get it back in spades
• Don’t give up
• Have confidence in your abilities
• Be self aware and learn from your mistakes – everybody makes them

 Lucky saying or phrase - Don't give up

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