ROGER KELLY TODAY
Roger Kelly spent his career in the development of communities and regions, mostly with the Scottish Government, and led his chosen profession as past convener of the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland. Following childhood hero Patrick Geddes, his passion is energising local life. He enjoys working alongside many other people and especially singing in choirs. He’s given a lot of time since 1990 to running a volunteer non-profit weekly food market in the heart of Penicuik. As a former chair for many years of Penicuik Community Arts, he helped set up and now chairs Penicuik Community Development Trust Ltd through a period of self-generated income and ambitious projects like The Lost Garden. He started the new Penicuik Community Alliance Storehouse project and sees community shares as a sustainable long-term basis for local organisations. A historian of local and business identity (and the Penicuik Co-op), he’s a founder and vice-chair of Penicuik First BID Ltd (Penicuik’s monthly Farmers Market), founder and vice-chair of MapaScotland (restoring the Great Polish Map of Scotland at Eddleston), and is helping the High Esk Hydro water-engine project and the Gorebridge Station Trust to get off the ground. As a long term council member of Scotland’s cultural organisation the Saltire Society, he began the Notable Women of Scotland project and is now a trustee of the extensive national resources of the Saltire’s endowment Trust. He has made lecture visits to Japan to explore community ties and the Penicuik-Japan links of today and 150 years ago. He loves uncovering forgotten human threads in the story of science, engineering, and the cultural outcomes of what he calls Scotland’s Practical Enlightenment, sharing them through talks and hundreds of local exhibitions. He’s helped assess more than a thousand community projects for the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund: the only continuous advisory panel member since the Fund began in 2008. A Member of the Society of Friends, he grew up in an atmosphere of Scots pride in Manx, Orcadian and Afro-Caribbean ancestry and local history. He is married to Jane Kelly the potter, their four children and their families are spread through Britain and New Zealand, and his parents Dorothy and John are still active in local and family life.
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