Andrew Burns


Andrew Burns was first elected to local Government in May 1999. He joined Edinburgh Council’s newly formed Executive in June 2000. In June 2001 he took over the Transport portfolio and, after 5 very challenging years, spent 9-months at the Education brief, until moving to the Opposition benches following the local elections in 2007. 

In 2008, Andrew became Leader of the principal Opposition Group on the Council, a position he held until the May 2012 local elections, whereafter he became Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council. 

Andrew gained his first degree from the University of Ulster in 1984 and has had a wide-range of employment experience including a variety of personnel and training roles in both manufacturing industry and the service sector. Andrew became a Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in 1990 and, in 2003, gained Full Member status of the CIPD. 

In 2008, Andrew became Chair of the Electoral Reform Society, a Non Governmental Organisation that campaigns to change the way we choose our politicians. Andrew remained Chair throughout 3 extremely busy years for electoral reform, until 2011. 

Andrew is also a keen outdoor enthusiast and in a previous incarnation even spent a few years working in the outdoor pursuits sector. 

Andrew lives in Edinburgh with his wife and one child.  

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