Meet The Team
Nick has lived off Leith Walk and Easter Road for over 30 years. He has been a community activist for many years, as a youth worker, local Councillor for Leith Walk ward, and as a campaigner. Nick has been a member of Leith Festival’s board for 7 years, and looks forward to helping make Leith Festival even bigger and better, by involving everyone who lives and works in the Republic of Leith.
Phil has lived in Leith for 30 years, and has always been interested and involved in the local community. He’s the Chair of Pilmeny Development Project, a former Leith Councillor and been on the Board of Leith Festival for three years.
I bought a business in Leith in 2002, as soon as I moved here I fell in love with Leith and its history. I have been Leith Festival Treasurer and Secretary since 2013.
I am a member of Leith Rotary and involved in getting a statue on the Links to commemorate the fact that the rules of golf were written there in 1744.
Mary loves living in Leith. She’s been on the Board of Leith Festival for 17 years. Mary also ran the Port O Leith bar for 25 years, had great fun and met lots of lovely Leithers and ships’ crew. Yes, those were the days!
Born in Leith, worked in Leith, live in Leith. Love Leith.
May worked in the licensed trade for 28 years and has held three past president positions: for NALHM (National Association of Licensed House Manager), BII (British Institute of Innkeeping) and ELLTA (Edinburgh Ladies Licensed Trade Association). She’s raised lots of money for charities over the years and has been on the Leith Festival Board for the last five years.
Mo Naveira de Sousa
“I enjoyed Leith Festival along the time then became a volunteer a few years ago and a Board member in 2017. I left my career in Financial Services to go back to my roots: volunteering and working for the community and to re-engage with Urban Arts and Culture. I love street life stuff. I come from a foreign port far away but I feel living in Leith like at home because of the genuine, diverse, creative and heartwarming community spirit. I’m a Leither by heart.”
A Leith business owner and resident, Tracy can often be spotted in her allotment at Pilrig park, out running, or attached to her pug, Coco (who also comes to meetings). She is a regular columnist for The Leither magazine.
Dean was born and raised in Leith before heading off to study and work in New York. Returning home to a refreshed, burgeoning International Leith has been sunshine through meeting and developing new friendships from local & global backgrounds. Works with SMWS as a Brand Ambassador. Slàinte.
Kat has lived off Easter Road for nearly 25 years. She has only just recently joined the Leith Festival Board bringing with her many years experience in organising the well known Abbeyhill Colony of Artists festival.
I qualified as a Community Education worker in 2012 and have been working in various community arts roles since then. I feel connected to the Leith Festival not only as a Leith resident but also having completed my university placement with Leith Festival in 2011. I’m an adopted Leither, hailing from Godalming in Surrey originally but now can’t see myself living anywhere else!