Eddie Thorn

Board Chairperson

Eddie Thorn

Eddie retired from The Royal Bank of Scotland in 2010 after a career spanning over 40 years. Eddie was a Relationship Director in the East of Scotland Corporate Banking Office and was responsible for a portfolio of the Bank’s major corporate customers. He is employed part time by two major UK businesses and carries out a number of roles across the local community. These roles include Chair of Craigleith / Blackhall Community Council, Session Clerk at Blackhall St Columba’s Church of Scotland and Company Secretary of North Edinburgh News Limited, which publishes a community newspaper. Eddie has been a lifelong Hearts supporter.


Brian WeddelPolicy DirectorBrian Weddell

Brian has over 20 years experience of the conference and seminar market in Scotland. He spent 8 years as Organiser for the Scottish Transport Studies Group and for 4 years organised a range of public policy conferences with his business Capital Conferences Scotland. After returning from abroad in 2007 Brian joined Mackay Hannah as a marketing officer and latterly worked as a conference researcher. In May 1990 Brian was elected to Lothian Regional Council and following Local Government Reorganisation served on the City of Edinburgh Council until May 2003 where he held the positions of Convener of Finance and Convener of Housing. Brian recently worked with former Hibs & Liverpool footballer Peter Cormack on his autobiography ‘From the Cowshed to the Kop’ and enjoys the occasional round of golf in his spare time.
Alistair Nairn
Finance Director /Company Secretary Alistair Nairn

Alistair has extensive experience in senior managerial positions in local government. Alistair’s last post was as Revenues & Benefits Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council responsible for over 200 staff involved in the billing and collection of £500 million of local taxes and the payment of £150 million of Housing / Council Tax Benefits. Apart from the usual financial, administrative and IT skills required in such a post Alistair was responsible for the delivery of training within the Division and was both a regular attendee and speaker at professional seminars/conferences. Alistair retired from the City of Edinburgh Council in 2009 and keeps himself fit by cycling regularly and spends most weekends watching Hibs.

Alex DavidsonBoard memberAlex Davidson 

Joint Improvement Team Associate. Previously Head of Adult Services in South Lanarkshire Council Social Work Services and Area Manager in Easterhouse, Glasgow, and Motherwell. Currently working with on Partnership and Integrated working, Reshaping Care for Older People, Learning Disability, and Delayed Discharge in different NHS Board and Local Authority areas. Leading work on introduction of Re-ablement approach in care at home services. Previously, involved in the Self Directed Support Pilots run by the Scottish Government. Board member of PAMIS (in partnership with people with profound learning disabilities and their carers), and VOX (Voices of Experience, mental health service users for Scotland). Independent Chair of Adult Protection Committee in Perth and Kinross. A Doonhammer, and lifelong Queen of the South supporter, follower of Bob Dylan, and climber of mountains.

Board Member

Mark Bellamy

Mark is the director of Policy Hub Scotland. He has been carrying out public policy research in Scotland for over 10 years, firstly with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and then with the Edinburgh-based conferencing company, MacKay Hannah. In this time he has led the development of around 100 national conferences and a number of Government summits across a diverse range of policy areas – including Health and Wellbeing, Education and Skills, Good Governance and Public Service Reform, Transport and Economic Development. Mark launched Policy Hub Scotland with the aim of going beyond the traditional, ‘stand-alone’ events model – to create opportunities for continuous learning and knowledge sharing. He is currently responsible for the management and strategic direction of both the online Hub and Hub events.




Eddie Thorn

Jean MacLellan

Jean has recently joined the Board having retired from the Scottish Government where she was employed as a Deputy Director in the Health and Social Care Integration Directorate with lead responsibility for adult care and support. In her time there she led policy development on adult protection legislation and on self directed support.
She is a social worker by background and has held a number of social work posts as well as in academia. She has a strong commitment to all matters relating to education and training having been both an educator and an advisor in the predecessor body to the Scottish Social Services Council.
Jean was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to the government and particularly for her work with people with a learning disability. She is currently a Professor in the School of Education in Strathclyde University.