Wendy has always had a keen interest in the arts and environmental projects in Dumfries and Galloway. As a Chartered Town Planner, she has worked for various local planning authorities and consultants in Scotland including City of Edinburgh Council.
She moved to Dumfries in 1996, taking up the post of Development Manager with the Crichton Trust and was part of the small multi-disciplinary team which transformed the former Crichton hospital site to the University Campus, Business Park and events destination of today. This heritage led regeneration project secured many national awards including the Royal Town Planning Institute Silver Jubilee Cup in 2000. She championed the inclusion of art and creativity in the building renovation projects and appointed local artists to undertake artistic commissions.
Latterly she worked for Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Development Plan Team producing development plans and spatial land use frameworks for the area and the South of Scotland in conjunction with other local planning authorities and key consultees. She has worked with many local communities and interest groups contributing to the creation of sustainable places and buildings.
Recently retired, she is delighted to join the board of Upland Arts Development as she recognises the importance of the creative arts sector to the economy of Dumfries and Galloway. Wendy’s specific interests include economic development for the benefit of Dumfries and Galloway, conservation and heritage, sustainable communities, rural planning issues and the creative arts.