New chair appointed at Cockburn Association

THE Edinburgh conservation and civic organisation, the Cockburn Association, has appointed a past convenor of the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland as its new chair.

Barbara Cummins is also a former director of the Scottish Government agency, Historic Environment Scotland, and is currently vice-chair of PAS (previously known as Planning Aid Scotland).

She succeeds Cliff Hague, who was chair for seven years, and becomes the first woman chair of the Association in its 148-year history.

Says the Association, here: “Previously, [Barbara] worked in local government planning in a career spanning over 20 years. Most notably, she led the Listed Buildings and City Centre Development Management Teams at the City of Edinburgh Council until 2009.”

It adds: “Emeritus Professor Cliff Hague became the chair of the Cockburn in 2016, some months after filling a similar role at Built Environment Forum Scotland. 

“A distinguished international planner, academic, campaigner and author, Cliff was instrumental in bringing new trustees onto council, and stabilising and refocusing the Association. 

“His deep knowledge of the planning system and forensic analysis of information helped shift the emphasis of the Cockburn to a more strategic and integrated approach to the issues facing Edinburgh.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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