• Peter Hessett

    Peter Hessett

    Peter is Strategic Lead – Regulatory and Monitoring Officer at West Dunbartonshire Council, his current responsibilities include Legal, Records Management, Democratic Services, and Elections. He has worked in local government since 1993, primarily as a litigation Solicitor. Prior to West Dunbartonshire has held roles in East Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Councils. He has served as an Office Bearer with SOLAR since 2015. Peter spends most of his free time entertaining his children, he enjoys sport and attending gigs.

  • Lesley McDonald

    Lesley is Head of Executive Office and Monitoring Officer at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar with responsibility for legal services, democratic services, community planning, corporate policy and projects such as Our Islands: Our Future and services to elected members and community councils. She is also the Standards Officer for Cu ram is Slainte nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles Integration Joint Board). Lesley has worked at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar since 1993 and held her current role since 2003. She has been a SOLAR office bearer since 2016.

  • Jan Todd

    Jan is a Legal Services Adviser in the Contracts and Conveyancing Team at South Lanarkshire Council. Jan main area of responsibility is providing advice to Social Work and she is also the depute monitoring officer for the South Lanarkshire Integrated Joint Board. Jan also gives advice on Contracts and Procurement to other Resources. Jan joined South Lanarkshire Council in 1996 after being with Strathclyde Regional Council for 3 years. Jan has been Chair of the Solar Community Care for over 10 years and is and has been a member of several other Solar groups including Procurement, Health and Social Care Integration and previously the Conveyancing group. When not working for South Lanarkshire Jan is also a part time Convener of Mental Health Tribunals, the convener of the Law Society’s Accreditation Panel for Mental Health Law and a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Sub-committee.

  • Kenny McKaig

    Kenny McKaig

    Kenny is the Legal Manager at Dundee City Council. Kenny has been active in SOLAR for over 20 years. He has been Secretary of SOLAR for the last two years. A Solicitor in local government for 27 years, he was the President of SOLAR in 2013. He has been the Legal Manager in Dundee City Council for the past five years and is an avid supporter of his home town's Premier League Team. His career in local government has been very varied from licensing and litigation to economic development. Presently, his team are helping secure the development of the Dundee Waterfront to improve the city's economic future.

  • Ken Graham

    Ken Graham

    Ken is the Head of Corporate Governance at Renfrewshire Council and has been the Council's monitoring officer for seven years. Ken was responsible for establishing the SOLAR Procurement Law Group and was its Chair until 2015 when he became SOLAR President. When away from the office Ken runs 10ks and has a keen interest in football and music.

  • Vlad Valiente

    Vlad Valiente

    Vlad is the Principal Solicitor (Court) and Depute Monitoring Officer at Midlothian Council. Vlad took up the post of Communications Officer in 2016. He has worked for three Local Authorities (Moray, Aberdeenshire & Midlothian) in a number of areas but now specialises in the areas of Social Work, Education, Housing, Human Rights and Governance. Vlad has been a SOLAR member since 2007 when he joined the Planning Working Group. He is currently a member of the Social Work (Child & Community Care) and Education Working Groups. In his free time he loves spending time with his baby Leonardo and enjoys taking part in a variety of sports.