The City of Edinburgh Council appointed a new Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, today (17 May) at its first meeting.
Here he describes his vision for the city:
Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: "I am a great lover of tradition - the histories and traditions of Edinburgh are one of the things which make it such a great Capital City. That said, I am also very much into technology and IT, so some people might think this is a rather strange combination! Since the environment is one of my top priorities, where efficiencies can be made, I would want to make them, but where traditions are worth upholding, I will be upholding them.
"My goal is to 'democratise' this civic office where possible and be as inclusive as I can. I like to see consensus where possible and I will be trying to attract as many people as I can from communities right across Edinburgh to come to the City Chambers and participate in the civic life of the city. My intention as Edinburgh's 'First Citizen' is to find out what people's views and priorities are, so that everyone feels included."
Donald Wilson has been a councillor representing the Sighthill/Gorgie ward since 1999, holding various positions in previous Labour administrations, including vice-convenor of the economic development committee and executive member for modernising government. He has chaired the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board and the Edinburgh Convention Bureau.
Cllr Wilson is a teacher by profession, specialising in computing and IT. He was educated himself at Galashiels Academy, the University of Stirling and City University in London. His interests include film, opera, sci-fi and computers.