Henry MCLeish (Chair)
Henry McLeish was born in Methil, Fife into a mining family and played professional football for East Fife FC and Leeds United before taking up lecturing at Heriot-Watt University and later going into politics. He served as a Councillor and Leader in Fife Regional Council, part of which was during the Miners’ Strikes. Henry was elected as labour MP for Parliament in 1987 and joined the Scottish Office in 1997. On the establishment of the Scottish parliament, Henry was elected as MSP for Fife Central in 1999 and became First Minister in 2000. Since leaving main stream politics in Henry has lectured widely, particularly in the United States, and published several books. Henry is currently involved with consultancy work including with Halogen Communications Ltd.
John Allan (Deputy Chair)
John has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1996. He is a retired Town Planner and worked at a senior level in local government in Midlothian for almost 30 years. His background in planning, property and development has been useful to the Board in taking forward its ambitious programmes for the Museum. He is a member of Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. His outside interests include travel, digital photography and hillwalking.
Robert Anderson is Chair of the Friends of the Museum and a former volunteer. He lives in Newtongrange. A retired former NHS manager, Chairman of Melville Housing Association Ltd, Dalkeith and a director of Ironmills Developments Ltd. His other interests include music and in particular opera, travel and walking.
Colin joined the Trustees in 2007. An elected member of Midlothian Council, he spent 23 years as an international banker (1972-1995, followed by a career as an investment banker in the City of London from 1995 until 2006. In October 2006 he became a full-time politician, and has held the office of SNP National Treasurer since 2004. In May 2011 he was elected MSP for Midlothian North & Musselburgh.
Besides the SNP, he is a member of the National Trust for Scotland, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Historic Scotland. His hobbies and interests include politics, reading, gardening, movies and classical music.
Dennis Canavan, BSC, DIP ED
Dennis joined the trust in 2007. He was born and brought up in the mining community of Cowdenbeath, where his grandfathers were miners. Before his election to Parliament, he worked in education, including posts as Principal Teacher of mathematics at St Modan’s High School, Stirling, and later Assistant Head at Holyrood High School, Ediburgh.
He has represented mining communities in Parliament as MP for West Stirlingshire (1974-83) then MP for Falkirk West (1983-2000) then MSP for Falkirk West (1999-2007). In 2018 he was appointed by the Scottish Government to be a member of a panel to review the policing in Scotland of the 1984-85 miners’ strike. He is an Honorary Life Member of Bannockburn Miners’ Welfare Club..
Eric Clarke, Edinburgh, Retired MP – Honorary President of National Mining Museum Scotland
Eric, for twenty six years a coal miner,has had an active political career, in both local government and in Parliament,where he represented Midlothian for nine years. He was elected to the Trust in 1997.He was General Secretary of the NUM (Scotland) for twelve years, and for five years served on the National Executive of the Labour Party. He maintains his interest in politics as a member of the Labour Party and the Cooperative Party, and in other ways.
By way of other interests, he is a shareholder in Hibernian Football Club, and a member of Arniston No1 Fishing Syndicate, Gladhouse.
Robert Tarbert Dodds BA(OU) Dip French (OU)
Robert is the son and grandson of former miners who worked at Lady Victoria Colliery. Married with one son he worked for the Department of Social Security and Benefits Agency for about 40 years. Elected to the Trust in 2003 his wide range of experience and local contacts are useful to the museum. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Dalkeith, Treasurer of Oxfam Dalkeith and a past captain of Melville Golf Club. His hobbies and interests include hill walking, Tai Chi, golf and reading.
After graduating from Heriot-Watt University, joined the National Coal Board rising through various managerial roles at collieries in Ayrshire, Fife, Lothians and Stirlingshire. Following period as Manager of Monktonhall Colliery moved to British Coal Headquarters becoming Manager, Mines Rescue. Represented British Coal on various ECSC Experts Committees on health and safety, including the Working Party on Rescue, Mine Fires and Explosions. Represented the UK on the Committee on Safety and Health in Mines set up by the ILO in Geneva. On leaving British Coal acted as independent consultant on various mining projects in Europe and America.
Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Secretary of The Mining Institute of Scotland and Chairman of The Mining Institute of Scotland Trust. He is also a trustee of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Outside of his current connections with the mining industry, he is a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and an active supporter of both Christian Aid and the British Heart Foundation.
Nicolas Wilson, President & General Secretary, NUM Scotland, Musselburgh
Nicolas joined the Trust in 2003. Originally an underground electrician, he has a long record of service to the coal industry and its workers, having been successively Branch Official, Executive CMTE Memberand President of the Scottish Colliery Enginemen, Boilermen and Tradesmen’s Association.
From 1989-1996 and from 1998 to date, he has been President and General Secretary of NUM Scotland Area, and from 1988 to date he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Labour Party. He is a trustee of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, Chair of the Scottish Coal Industry Social Welfare Fund, and Chair of Fife/Lanarkshire Miners’ Convalescent Home.
David left school in 1965 and worked in Easthouses Colliery, Bilston Glen Colliery, Rufford Colliery (Nottingham) finishing at Monktonhall Colliery. He became NUM Union Delegate in 1976 until 1985 when he was unfairly dismissed following the miners’ strike.
He has had a variety of jobs – landscape gardener, promoted to Charge-hand then Supervisor,Placement Officer, Training Officer, Manager then taking the position as Chief Executive.
In 1995 he was elected to Midlothian Council and served as Chair of Strategic Services covering Strategic Planning, Transportation and Economic Development.
In 2001 he was elected as Member of Parliament for Midlothian serving in the Procedure, Broadcasting, Work and Pensions, Scottish Affairs Select Committees and Vice Chair of the Defence Select Committee. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2010 and latterly Senior Opposition Whip until retirement in 2015.
Throughout his working life he’s been involved with numerous Midlothian organisations.