District Governor Olive's page

Meet District Governor Olive and husband Ian

Olive - I am a Lancashire lass but have lived in Scotland so long my family think I have ‘gone native’. My father had a soft spot for Scotland and encouraged me to study at St Andrews University. I spent four very enjoyable years there meeting Ian early on.  From St Andrews I went to Liverpool University to take a postgraduate Diploma in Archive Administration.

Work took me to Plymouth where I was Assistant Archivist at West Devon Record Office for two years before returning to Scotland to get married.  Most of my working life has been spent at the National Library of Scotland in the Archives and Manuscript Collections Division. Over the years I have been involved in developing the collections, public service and promoting the collections through exhibitions, talks and publications. This has led to books on Scottish golf history and food history.

I joined Rotary in 2005 as founder Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Edinburgh Waverley and was President twice during the club’s short existence.  In 2011 I joined the Rotary Club of Edinburgh moving from the smallest club in District 1020 to the largest. My first District post was as Rotaract Officer. This was followed by three years as District Secretary before being elected District Governor Nominee.

Ian and I have two grown-up children and a grandchild on the way.

Ian - Past District Governor Ian is a former teacher of French and Spanish and now works part-time as a guide at a whisky distillery. He enjoys meeting people, using his language skills and playing golf.  Ian is a member of the Rotary Club of Tranent.

To see Olive's diary and get more information, go to the District Governor's Page in the District Members Only section.