About the MHA
Morningside Heritage Association was established in 1982 on the initiative of Charles Smith, who lived in the area for much of his life and wrote extensively on the history of Morningside and South Edinburgh. The Association met for some years in South Morningside Primary School before moving to the Old Schoolhouse, on Morningside Road. Since the autumn of 2013 talks have been held at Morningside Parish Church.
The Association gained Scottish charitable status on 11 November 2013 – charity number SC044409.
a) to promote a historical, educational and cultural interest in the area.
b) To collect and preserve any material relevant to the area.
c) To assist in the protection of the heritage of Morningside and Lothian.
d) To make available to the public such material as may be appropriate.
e) The Association shall be non-party in politics and non-sectarian in religion.
The Association is managed by an Executive Committee comprised of five Office Bearers – Convener, Vice-Convener, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary – and between three and eight Ordinary Members elected by and from the membership by simple majority of those eligible to vote.
At the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 03 December 2019 elections were held for the Office Bearer roles of Convener, Vice-Convener, Treasurer and Membership Secretary, and for the Ordinary Member roles of Publicity and Events Co-ordinator, and Archivist and Project Co-ordinator.
The new Committee structure is as follows (term of office in brackets) :
Gerry Clark (2019-2021)
Jill Powlett Brown (2019-2022)
Jill Powlett Brown (2017-2020)
Ian Hastie (2019-2022)
Gavin and Alison Kerr (2019-2022)
Archivist and Project Co-ordinator
Janette Gollan (2019-2021)
Publicity and Events Co-ordinator
Frances MacLeod (2019-2020)
Treasurer : Ian Hastie (2019-2022)
Secretary : Jill Powlett Brown (to 2020)
Membership Secretary : Gavin and Alison Kerr (2019-2022)
Programmes : Maggie and Mike Pringle
Publicity and Events : Frances Macleod
Project Leader and Archivist : Janette Gollan
IT Advisor : Clive Davenhall
The Convener holds office for four years, with the Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Members holding office for three years. At the Annual General Meeting immediately preceding the start of the Convener’s final year in office, a Convener-Elect is nominated from the Committee, to shadow the Convener and to deputise for them if required.
The Convener cannot serve two successive terms, but may stand for election thereafter. There is no limit on the number of times the Secretary, Treasurer and Ordinary Members may stand for election to the Executive Committee. Exceptionally, where continuity of administration is threatened, the Executive Committee may recommend to the membership that an Office Bearer continue in office for a fourth year.