Norma Austin Hart
Vice Convener, Culture and Leisure Committee / Edinburgh Labour Councillor
Norma has been a Labour councillor for Liberton Gilmerton since 2007.
Norma was born and brought up in Dumfries. She went to Dumfries Academy and then Edinburgh University to study English. She was active in student politics and continued her involvement by following the family tradition and joining the Labour Party in 1989. She worked for Birmingham City Council until she returned with her family to Dumfries where she was the chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway tourist board until 2005. Norma then set up her own business offering training and consultancy in project management.
Norma is currently Vice Convener of the Culture and Sport Committee and spokesperson on these issues for the Labour Group.
A long-term member of Amnesty International and now the Howard League of Penal Reform, she is also a member of UNISON and a ‘co-operator’. Her other interests include theatre and opera, hill walking and dancing. But not dancing in the hills.
As the vice convener of the Culture and Leisure committee Norma’s job is to make sure that Edinburgh maintains and enhances its status as a leading cultural city. She also wants to make sure that the cultural and sporting activity in the city is supported by the council and celebrated by all.