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Gary Leadbetter


Gary is currently a Democratic Services Officer at Midlothian Council, supporting the democratic and decision-making processes of the Council. He also sits as a Trustee on the Board of Edinburgh Food Project, which operates several food banks and offers free benefits and debt advice around Edinburgh.

He has ten years' experience both working and volunteering within the charity sector in a range of advisory and project management roles.

Previous roles and accomplishments include launching and leading a University Student Action for Refugees Society whilst studying LLB Scots Law, advising on debt, welfare, housing and other social issues and leading Scotland-wide welfare reform mitigation projects whilst also supporting Scotland-wide debt support projects.

He is also currently studying for an MPP Public Policy degree, aiming to follow a career in public policy.

Gary was born and raised in Midlothian and has now settled in Edinburgh after living in various cities around Scotland. When he’s not working or studying, he likes to socialise with friends, go on holiday and wild camping and has recently taken up bouldering and yoga.