Lesley Martin Consulting crafts effective strategies and plans, founded on insightful analysis and research expertise. Leadership and management experience in government, corporate, economic development, and land use planning environments.


Experienced strategic planning and economic development practitioner with advanced skill and knowledge. Includes problem diagnosis and contextual analysis, service and partnership auditing and performance, and consultation techniques. Developed and led an exemplary strategy and research team for the City of Edinburgh Council, producing the Council's five year economic strategy. Produced a supporting regional economic review - the most ambitious ever done for the authority.


Develop strategies, reviews and action plans; lead workshops

Investigate interdependencies between government, business, academia and community

Collate and interpret information; define problems and focus areas

Analyse economic, social, governmental and land use issues and context

Align strategic direction and articulate mission and vision

Enhance capabilities in leadership, management and professional practice


Led the City of Edinburgh Council’s Economic Strategy; carried weight by being founded on a significant evidence base, the active input of the Edinburgh Business Forum, and real life business case studies.

Influential in corporate social responsibility initiatives, developing a 'Responsible Business' framework and improved integration with community planning partners.

"Lesley is a team player but also a self-starter, a great communicator and a knowledgeable and very capable colleague"
Greg Ward, Director of Economy, City of Westminster and former Director of Economic Development, the City of Edinburgh Council

Produced Edinburgh City Region Economic Review; comprised six in-depth, independently verified theme papers.

Developed the Leith Economic Framework, supported by an in-depth study report; included investigation of the creative sector and place qualities.

Led team research outputs contributing to award winning strategies for foreign direct investment.

"Lesley is a respected professional with a sharp and analytical mind. She has made a significant impact on the strategy for jobs In Edinburgh through her work with businesses and investors."
Dame Susan Bruce DBE, Non-Executive Director, Consultant, Mediator and former CEO

Led the new sustainable economy team for the City of Edinburgh Council and managed the work programme. Included the launch of a programme for resource resilience aimed at small and medium sized enterprises.

Significant experience of managing consultations, including participating in community charrettes, and leading stakeholder engagement workshops.

"Lesley is thorough and professional, direct and focussed and gets the job done. As a strategist she is able to articulate clearly her preferred plan and then works to engage parties to ensure buy in and delivery. It is always a pleasure working with Lesley."
Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce


Lesley Martin is an experienced, engaged and insightful strategic planning and economic development practitioner with excellent management and analytical skills. Commands respect by being a trusted advisor and confidante and this, combined with being approachable and empathetic, ensures effective communication at all levels. Has a background in local government, where she has developed enabled a wide public sector, business and academic network and specialist knowledge. Is known for being committed and imaginative, and having a professional and co-operative attitude to work.

University study, leading to a Doctor of Business Administration qualification, enhances scholarly knowledge of leadership and management theory and practice, and expertise in research methodologies.

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