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Honourary President

Councillor Sandy Howat

Councillor Sandy Howat represents the Meadows/Morningside Ward on the City of Edinburgh Council.

Sandy was educated at the Universities of Aberdeen (MA) and Glasgow (MPhil) where he studied international politics. After working overseas Sandy returned to Edinburgh and was engaged as a civil servant, looking at land reform and domestic taxation policy issues, and also in financial services offering advice across a broad range of specialisms. He holds qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Political since his teens, Sandy was first elected in 2012 and is eager to see hopes become reality through open, accountable and dynamic government. Drawn to politics with a deep desire to see greater social justice, with wider wealth generation and distribution, Sandy is continually motivated to see true individual empowerment with participatory and responsive democracy.

Living in south Edinburgh with his wife and son, Sandy is keen to see the capital develop both economically and as a world recognised city of beauty; being a great place to live, work and play.

Outside politics his other interests include football, golf, reading and travel.


Sandy is Vice-Convener of the Planning Committee. He is keen both to conserve our city's heritage and build a sustainable future.

As Convener of the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership Sandy works with representatives from the Police, NHS, voluntary organisations and the local community in creating a better, safer and vibrant environment.

Sandy is also active on the following committees; Education, Children and Families; Governance, Risk and Best Value; Health, Social Care and Housing; Lothian Valuation Joint Board and Personnel Appeals

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07718 666 459

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