Council Leader

Andrew Burns

I'm honoured to lead the Council and the Labour / SNP coalition in our wonderful capital city. Edinburgh is a great place to live and work and we have both challenges and opportunities ahead.

The Capital Coalition has agreed six priorities for its time in office and more than 50 specific pledges.  We will report our progress every year and you will be able to judge us against what we said we would do. 

But our 'contract with the capital' is more than just a range of actions to improve the quality of life for people in Edinburgh, it is also about changing how we do things.  We want to build a more co-operative city where we decide things in a way that shows we are listening. This means working with communities, business, partners and the third sector.

Together, we can all move the city forward.

You can download the Leader's Reports from Andrew Burns below.  


Andrew Burns became a Councillor in May 1999 and represents the Fountainbridge / Craiglockhart ward.  He has been responsible for transport and education as a member of previous Council administrations.

Andrew gained his first degree from the University of Ulster in 1984 and has wide employment experience.  His professional background is in personnel and training, and he has worked for a number of years in personnel and training roles in industry and the service sector. Andrew became a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in 1990, gaining Full Member status of the CIPD in 2003.

From 2008 to 2011 he was the chair of the Electoral Reform Society and during 2014 became chair of the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network.

His personal interests include walking, cycling, films, music and reading. He is 50 and lives in Edinburgh with his wife and son. 

Do you have any comments about this page?

Help us improve

  • The City of Edinburgh Council will only use this email address to respond to any issues raised.