About us and Biographies


Dean Valley Regeneration Limited was set up in 2015 by a group of local residents with a wide range of professional experience, with community engagement, legal, architectural, landscaping, project management and business expertise. We are all volunteers.

Our fund raising is project led. We have been supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, Sundial Properties, local residents, SUSTRANS, a number of private trusts, the Mushroom Trust, Living Streets, and Edinburgh World Heritage Trust.

Our accounts can be viewed on the OSCR website.


Trustees Dean Valley Regeneration Ltd.

Kristina Taylor BSc Hons

She is a garden historian, writer and restores period gardens. Graduating with a BSc. Hons in Zoology from Durham University she travelled extensively before studying journalism and developing a television career making wildlife and science documentaries. She later studied Historic Landscape Conservation at the Architectural Association in London. With a specialism in Japanese gardens she takes conducted both tours to Japan and Scottish gardens. She lectures and works as a volunteer for The Gardens Trust the oldest society in the world devoted to Conservation of Landscapes.

Phil Tracy C.Eng FrEng

Philip Tracy is a Chartered Engineer with over 43 years of engineering and project management experience in the international oil and gas industry, including 20 years at board level in publicly listed and private companies, and was previously Operations and Engineering Director of Cairn Energy plc. He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Bowleven PLC in May 2011 and currently holds one other non-executive director position, as well as other consultancy/advisory positions. He was an Honorary Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department of Heriot-Watt University for 5 years and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

Colette Grant

Colette Grant is a Business Woman, Non-Executive Director and Board Member and Chair of The Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation. She owns a Coaching and Mentoring Business, Optimise Your Potential, with people, their state of mind and creativity at its heart. Colette leads with individuality that is sometimes imperfectly expressed! Choosing authenticity and passion over perfection every time.


General Purposes Committee

Andrew Kerr, MBE, BA, LLB, WS

He is a lawyer; partner in the firm of Bell & Scott WS from 1969 to 1999.  He was Clerk to the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet from 1983 to 2003. He has had wide involvement in the Arts: Secretary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1969 to 2002; former member of the Scottish Arts Council and Edinburgh Festival Council; former Vice Chairman of Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee and Edinburgh World Heritage Trust; former Chairman of the Dunedin Consort and the Arts Trust of Scotland.

Nigel Fairhead FCA - Accountant

Nigel Fairhead is a Chartered Accounant in England and recently retired after 34 years working in the charity sector in Scotland. He was previously the Director of Finance at Victim Support Scotland, and the Director of Finance at Aberlour Child Care Trust and the National Trust for Scotland. As well as financial management his experience includes governance, investments, IT, fundraising, payroll, property management and company secretarial duties.  He is also currently a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Life Changes Trust, where he also chairs the Finance Committee.

David Perry BSc (Hons) PhD

He Is a retired research chemist and worked in research laboratories at Diageo for 25 years.  He is Secretary of Dean Village Association, Editor of the ' Dean Village News' newsletter and as a volunteer conducts guided walks of Dean Valley and hosts the days when St Bernard's Well is open to the public.  He was also President of the Scottish Bridge Union 1998/1999, and is a Scottish Bridge Life Master.


Web Editor

Tim Davis

Software developer with Bsc Hons from Manchester University and 20 years experience in research and the software industry.