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The Visit West Lothian Team

The Visit West Lothian Board are committed to helping promote West Lothian as a Visitor Destination. They meet regularly throughout the year to work on specific projects and plan the strategic direction for West Lothian. They also benefit from the support and knowledge of a wider network of individuals who support VWL's activities in an Advisor capacity.

Robin Chesters

Vice Chairperson

Robin is the Director of Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Livingston which was created in 1990. With such a wealth of knowledge and having worked in the West Lothian tourism industry for the last 20 years, Robin's local knowledge and tourism experience is very beneficial for Visit West Lothian. As a social enterprise, they have built a sustainable business that involves and serves both our visitors and the wider community and they have ongoing and ambitious plans for continued progress.

Provost Tom Kerr

Board Director

Cllr Kerr was first elected as councillor in 1992 and has been Provost for West Lothian Council since 2007. Tom's career was spent in seafaring and marine consultancy which took him to many destinations across the globe. Cllr Kerr is passionate about West Lothian and is keen to strengthen the role that tourism can play as part of the wider economy.

Geraldine Hamilton

Board Director

Geraldine is the owner of Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages near West Calder. With 4 fabulous self-catering properties, and with award success, Geraldine is known for her commitment to high standards. She is also a board member of the Association of Scottish Self Caterers (ASSC). The ASSC is committed to the principles of quality, and to promoting high and consistent standards in self-catering.

Stephan Riegel

Board Director

Stephan Riegel is director of "Hospitality Advice” (formally known as Hospitality Advisory Services (HAS)) which was launched in 1999 and is based in West Lothian. Hospitality Advice provides operational assistance and works hands-on with SMEs in the hospitality and tourism industry. Stephan worked internationally for many years before settling in Scotland. The main reason for joining the Board of Visit West Lothian was to assist with developing the medium to long-term strategic focus for the company. Stephan is also very interested in enhancing tourism development in West Lothian and improving service levels and professionalism.

Emma Chalmers

Board Director

Emma is the founder of Mary's Meanders Tours which is based in Linlithgow and offers Outlander themed and Ancestral tours across Scotland and guided walks of Linlithgow. Emma has over 15 years of running her own businesses; Ireland's first Concierge company followed by a children's party business here in Scotland. Providing a top class level of customer service has been a theme throughout and continues with Mary's Meanders. Emma is passionate about raising West Lothian's profile and bringing more visitors to our county.

Neil Mackinnon

Board Director

Neil is a Chartered Accountant who runs Arm in Arm Accounting, a Chartered Accountancy practice based in Linlithgow. He was previously Finance Director at Sun Microsystems' computer manufacturing plant in Linlithgow, and CFO of Certus Group based in Edinburgh. He has lived almost all his life in West Lothian and will bring a wealth of financial experience to support Visit West Lothian.

Lesley Barr

Board Director

Lesley has recently joined Visit West Lothian as a board director, to help provide the team with her knowledge and experience of the accommodation sector in the area. Lesley is the owner of Hilly Cow Wigwams, near Kirknewton, an award winning Wigwam site.

Neil Christison

Non-Executive Board Director

Neil is VisitScotland’s Regional Director for West Lothian, East Lothian, Midlothian, Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. His role involves collaborative working with tourism related stakeholders across the region, acting as the VisitScotland representative for tourism, strategically aligning with the National Tourism 2020 strategy and action plan. He has worked for VisitScotland for over 6 years; starting off his career in the Edinburgh iCentre, before becoming a Quality & Tourism Advisor, and then Regional Partnership Executive, before taking up a new role in May 2018.

Neil Hunter

Board Director

Neil Hunter is a highly experienced business professional with a multifaceted career spanning 25 years. His industry knowledge extends across such diverse business sectors as transportation, travel, tourism, hospitality, retail, FMCG and food & drink production. This extensive experience has been gained as a result of working for companies such as Kerry Specialty Ingredients (USA), VisitScotland, Gulliver's Travel Associates and Edinburgh Coach Lines, Grayline Scotland and Thistle DMC. His multidisciplinary skills cover stakeholder engagement & strategic relationship management as well as contract, commercial and sales management. Neil will bring a wealth of experience and contacts to help raise VWL's profile and drive commercial focus to increase revenue from multiple channels and further develop their brand.

Gillian Cuthbert

Board Director

Gillian has an extensive sales and marketing background, working within the retail and financial sectors. A passionate people person, advising in cultural and leadership development. Gillian recently moved to West Lothian from Edinburgh, attracted by the amount of outdoor space and things to see and do (…. and wants to tell all about it!), Gillian is passionate to support Visit West Lothian's digital marketing and membership.

Stuart Barrie

Board Director

Stuart has 20 years experience working in the media in Scotland working across brands like Capital, Xfm Scotland and Forth 1. He began his working career at NEC Semicondutors in Livingston and have has lived almost all his life in the town. Stuart is passionate telling people how much West Lothian has to offer and is a huge fan of his football team, Livingston.

Stewart Ness

Tourism & Town Centre Officer

Callum Findlay

Economic Development Assistant

Visit West Lothian, Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian. EH54 6FF UK Registration No. SC346843

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