Councillors profile

Elected Councillors 

Fred Marinello, Chair
fredBorn in Edinburgh and resident of Granton over 30 years. I went to Holyrood high school. Trained as an electrical engineer and worked for local authority. Changed career followed by diploma degree in Criminology in 1992. Currently working with the special needs children within the education team of the local authority’s children and family department. My volunteering started with SACRO at the young age.  I am one of the founder trustee of the Prentice centre and Granton Youth Centre, been a board member of Royston Wardieburn Community Centre and Spartans. I was involved with the Granton forum prior to the start of Community Council in 2005. I served into different office bearers positions within the Granton and District Community council since it has begun. I enjoy football, love nature walking and playing guitar. Lived in Granton with my wife, a girl and 3 grandchildren. I believe that my experience and humour could make a positive contribution to the work of the Granton and District Community Council.


Mizan Rahman, Secretary 
12573811_10153840557385960_8206341287586074407_nI born in Bangladesh, lived in Edinburgh over a decade. Originally, I was a Biologist, worked for UNDP – Wetland conservation program in Bangladesh. I obtained MSc in Sustainable Development from Stirling University in 2006. I have been working for Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Council since 2008. My role is to increase engagement of the diverse communities groups in the mainstream decision-making process and public life across the Edinburgh and Lothian. I am also a food safety trainer accredited by Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland. My hobby is community journalism and media, member of NUJ. I have worked over 7 years as a Scotland correspondent for Channel S (Sky 814), a Bengali TV channel based in London. I promoted Scotland among the Bengali speaking community lived across the world. Having work in various platform, I gained diverse set of skills and expertise. I believe that my experience could make a positive contribution to the work of the Granton and District Community Council. I am passionate about community development works and equality.


Martyn Whyte, EACC reps
Martyn WhyteBorn in the Eastern General which makes me a ‘Leither’ by birth but have lived in Granton for more than 25 years.
Having worked for the City of Edinburgh Council for over 15 years I can draw from a pool of experience gained in Community Safety, Antisocial Behaviour, Multi-Agency initiatives and projects involving multiple aspects of public relations.
On a personal level my hobbies include photography and I’m a licensed amateur radio operator which brings me into contact with people from all walks of life all across the globe! My wife is Liz, a Drylaw lass born and raised, and we’ve been married since God was a lad!
We’re both passionately attached to the area and look forward to seeing the area blossom with all the changes and improvements set to be put in place in the foreseeable future.

Ex-officio members


Councillor George Gordon, Forth Ward 
george_gordonI am a 5th Generation Grantonian, founding member of Royston Wardieburn Community Council which launched 15 years ago, currently Granton and District Community Council. I helped in founding Royston Wardieburn Community Centre. I was proudly selected as the first community chair taking on the clean, green and safe action group which dealt with cleansing and environment services and issues of public safety concerns and improvement’s which included the environmental budget to help tackle such issues. I have also served on numerous boards and community organisations over the last thirty years and advised on the setting up of many others including Tenants and Residents association, youth groups and facilities.
I have taken a keen interest and lent my full support to a number of diverse groups such as CORE (Community Organisation for Racial Equality), The Pensioners forum and Care for Carers. Currently. At present, I hold the positions of Vice Chair of Forth Neighbourhood Partnerships and Planning Officer for the Granton and District Community Council.



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