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Donald Wilson

Deacon and Councillor Donald Wilson BA MSc TQ (Secondary) OStJ,
Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland,
Melvin Jones Fellow (for Dedicated Humanitarian Services) Lions Club International

Born in 1959 in Selkirk, Donald Wilson attended Galashiels Academy. Further academic achievements include a BA (Hons) from Stirling University, an MSc in Information Science from London’s City University, and a teaching qualification from Moray House in Edinburgh.

Son of a Master Baker he grew up in a bakery and has developed a lifelong love of the Trade.
A former teacher of Computing in Midlothian, he has also served as an ICT Curriculum Development Officer and an adult Education Tutor.

In 1999, he was elected as a City of Edinburgh Councillor. Donald has served on a range of Committees including…
Executive Member for Smart City, Chair of Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board and Edinburgh Convention Bureau, Chair of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Chair of the Edinburgh International Festival, Chair of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Chair of the Edinburgh South West Neighbourhood Partnership. Other past Board Memberships include Edinburgh Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Chair of the DEMOS project looking at citizen participation in local decision making across Europe.

In 2012 he became the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh after having served as a Bailie for the previous five years.

He is currently Convener of the Culture and Communities Committee in the City of Edinburgh Council and Deacon of the Incorporation of Baxters (Bakers) of the City of Edinburgh.

In his free time, Donald enjoys science fiction, opera, antiques, history, baking, and spending time with his wife Elaine, two grown up children and two grandchildren.