Webinars presented by the Helensburgh Community Council

The Helensburgh Community Council has instituted a series of Webinars for the community, providing information on areas of interest and including presentations by keynote speakers. The objective is to offer a platform for discussion and debate on topics that impact our daily lives and address issues of relevance to the community.

The webinars are usually presented on a Thursday, which includes a presentation and discussion session lasting about half an hour, using Zoom as a platform for the delivery of the Webinars

At present over 90 people have registered to attend the Webinars. To join the Webinars please contact Tariq S Durrani, Member, Helensburgh Community Council by e-mail on:  tsdurrani@gmail.com. He will then send out invitations to attend the Webinars on Zoom.

The Helensburgh Community Council is open to suggestions, and if you would like to propose a topic or present a Webinar, please contact Tariq Durrani, as above. 

A list of the Webinars planned to date, is given below:

Thursday 2 September 2021 at 7:00pm
Role of the general practitioner in these turbulent times
Dr Brian McLachlan

1.    Covid Strategy within our locality
2.    What will General Practice Look like in the years after Covid.
3.    The rise of the Nurses in Primary Care
4.    GP out of hours and the Vale of Leven model.

I was brought up in Thornliebank and my Dad was a painter and decorator. I qualified at Glasgow University in 1983 and have been working in Helensburgh Med Centre since 1988 as a GP.

I am locality Clinical Lead, Quality and Safety lead for Argyle and Bute and responsible for GP Registrar Training in our practice. 

I am responsible for shaping the Covid Vaccination strategy in our locality and I contribute to the Vale of Leven model and the GP Out of Hours Service at the Vale.

I remain passionate about Local Health Care provision and my wife is a Practice Nurse in our practice.

My other passions include football, my 3 grown-up kids and mitigation of Climate Change.

I am not a party-political animal but I feel that with climate change a real threat in my children's lifetime I feel that countries need to work together and become less separatist as our future Climate challenges are global and will make Covid look like a picnic...


Thursday 16 September 2021 at 7:00pm
The Role of the Provost, Appointments and Duties
Mr David Kinniburgh, Provost, Argyll & Bute Council

Councillor David Kinniburgh was first elected to Argyll & Bute Council in May 2007.  He was re-elected in May 2012 and again in May 2017. 

In May 2013, David along with fellow Conservative, Independent and Liberal Democrat Councillors formed The Argyll, Lomond & Islands Group (TALIG)  -  a multi-member cross-party/non-party group.

David has served on the Council’s Planning, Protective Services, and Licensing Committee (PPSL) since 2009, and was a member of the administration which ran the council from December 2010 to May 2012. In October 2013 he was appointed a Senior Councillor as the Policy Lead for Planning and Regulatory Services.  In this role, David chairs the PPSL, he is a member of the Environment, Development, and Infrastructure Committee and the Policy & Resources Committee.  David is also the chair of the Argyll & Bute Licensing Board as well as being a member of the Helensburgh & Lomond Area Committee. He was appointed Provost of Argyll & Bute in November 2020 following the sad passing of former Provost Len Scoullar whom he served under as Depute Provost from January 2016 to May 2017. 

David was born in Helensburgh in 1959 and lives in Dumbarton with his wife Linda. He has two sons and a granddaughter who is coming up for 4 years old.  David completed his education at Hermitage Academy in 1976 and served his apprenticeship as a motor vehicle technician at  Alexander Rankine’s in Helensburgh before leaving the motor trade to work in insurance for 8 years.   

Since 1990 David has worked for Helensburgh Toyota where he has gained vast experience in the motor industry, having carried out various roles within the company, including technician, workshop controller, sales executive, service advisor and currently warranty & technical advisor.  

When he finds time to relax away from work and council duties, David enjoys cooking.

He also enjoys the work of Robert Burns and is a Past President of Helensburgh Burns Club, where he was instrumental, along with four companions, in reconstituting the Club in December 2008, it having been dormant since around 1950 and he is also a Past President of Dumbarton Burns Club.


Thursday 14 October at 1:00pm
Lord McFall
Speaker of the House of Lords

John Francis McFall, Lord McFall of Alcluith, was elected as Lord Speaker of the House of Lords in 2021.

Before entering the Lords in 2010, Lord McFall was a Labour MP between 1987 and 2010, first for Dumbarton and later for West Dunbartonshire. During his time as an MP, he served as a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office and as a Government Whip. He also chaired the Treasury Select Committee between 2001 and 2010, driving its work to scrutinise the key players during the global banking and financial crisis and making major recommendations to ensure reform of the sector. He has been named by Which? as a Consumer Champion for his efforts to improve financial services for consumers and maintains a keen interest in consumer rights and good governance. He also founded the financial think tank the New City Agenda in 2010.

As Lord Speaker, Lord McFall of Alcluith oversees proceedings in the chamber, chairs the House of Lords Commission and promotes the work of the House in the UK and abroad. He was raised in Dumbarton and has lived there all his life. Before his political career, he was a teacher and deputy headteacher for 23 years in the West of Scotland. He is married with four children.  

Thursday 18 November at 7:00 pm​
Local Place Plans – ‘More Questions than Answers’
Paul Nelis, Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)

Introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, Section 14, Local Place Plans offer a new right for communities to produce Local Place Plans as part of the new Scottish planning system.  A bold step for the Scottish Government these Plans could provide a new opportunity for communities to proactively feed into the development planning system and improve public engagement and involvement with the system.

If implemented in full, the new legislation will help local communities to think about how to make their “place” better, agree on priorities, and take action (often working with others) to make change happen. Going forward the Scottish Government has a lot of questions to answer about how the new system will work.


Paul is currently Development Manager responsible for the development and delivery of a range of national and local programmes including developing plans with communities, development of Local Place Plan Guidance.  He is also involved in community facilitation, capacity-building including materials development, networking support, strategic planning and community research.

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