Our Team

The Dunbar Community Bakery staff

Bakery Manager – Colin Mclellan has been in the baking profession since he left school. He formerly owned and ran Stella’s Bakery on the High Street with his wife, since taking over management of the Community Bakery he has turned things around, introducing new products and creating a great team spirit with staff members

Manager – Stella Mclellan – Manages the shop alongside Colin and also creates our very popular quiches and cheesecakes.

Our Friendly Front of House Team made up of Tegan Wood, Joan Ashley, Emma Marriot, Danielle Binnie and Kyle Mackie are always happy to help our customers and answer any questions/requests.

Dunbar Community Bakery is overseen by a volunteer Management Committee .

We also rely on many other volunteers who undertake our morning deliveries, staff market stalls at weekends and so much more … we are much indebted to them. If you are interested in volunteering please email shop@dunbarcommunitybakery.co.uk

The volunteer’s story

I really look forward to my Bakery delivery run. It’s a straightforward task but very satisfying. After I’ve loaded my car with bags of East Lothian’s best bread, I head off to the Humbie Hub where I’m welcomed by Morag’s warm smile, I love the stretch along the cliffs at North Berwick where the view of the Bass Rock takes your breath away. At the Brand’s Family Farm Shop you’re greeted by the ducks and hens chuckling away in their field. The views are wonderful with a kaleidoscope of colours changing with the seasons. All this and I can listen to the radio. What is not to like?

Wholesale is valuable to The Bakery. Before the pandemic it contributed around 30k to our income.  We took a big hit in sales during 2020 but due to the popularity of our products we are now delivering to more outlets across East Lothian.

To make the most of this potential we need more volunteer drivers. Every little helps and even an occasional shift on the rota makes a difference. We arrange the rotas to suit our drivers and will cover your fuel costs.

So if you would like to drive the beautiful places, meet cheery people, help the community and be appreciated for your contribution then please get in touch.

If you would like more information please contact Stella on shop@dunbarcommunitybakery.co.uk

Management Committee

We are a co-operative. The Management Committee is elected from the membership at the AGM. The Committee then elect the honorary positions. The Management Committee in 2019 comprises:

  • Isobel Knox joined the committee in 2018, but has been an enthusiastic supporter of the bakery since the very beginning.
    She has experience in the Catering Industry, having run her own cafe in Edinburgh, and previously as a cook and as catering manager in a variety of places.
    Isobel has for many years worked with teenagers at Dunbar Grammar School, and currently at ‘The Ridge’ Backlands garden project, encouraging young people to ‘grow their own’ – to plant seeds of self sufficiency.
    She passionately believes in sustainable living, avoiding supermarkets – cutting down food miles, shopping local on Dunbar High Street, and is also involved the Crunchy Carrot Community buy-out group, working to maintain local availability of produce sourced from local growers.
  • Jacquie Bell rejoined the Management Committee in 2017 following retirement as a hospital social worker in Edinburgh. Jacquie lives with her husband in Belhaven. Jacquie is active in many community groups including Dunbar Community Council, Dunbar and East Linton Local Area Partnership and Sustaining Dunbar. She represents the Bakery at Dunbar Trades Association meetings.
  • Alan Nicholson joined the Management Committee in 2017 having moved to Dunbar in 2016. He is a supporter of shopping local, the Slow Food movement and independent producers. He has worked at the Scottish Government for the past 27 years working in social and justice policy development.
  • Jo Mcnamara
  • Chrisann Morrison 

We are always looking for fresh talent.  Anyone who has started up or run their own small business will know that it is no small challenge to keep things on track.  With over 850 members and multiple stakeholders to keep happy, the job is harder still.

But if you have boundless energy and enthusiasm, practical business skills, and a little bit of time, we’d like to hear from you.

The committee wish to acknowledge the input from all past committee members, yes  there have been a few, who have given their time and expertise extremely generously.