Laura Gordon took up her post this week as the Glasgow-Edinburgh collaboration director, with the task of fostering greater co-operation between Scotland's two principal cities.
In his monthly leader's report, City of Edinburgh Council's Donald Anderson said: 'Laura is extremely well qualified with excellent connections and the project will benefit enormously from her skills and knowledge. She joins the project from Boyds Solicitors, where she was head of the technology and media group and active within the Scottish business and legal communities.
'Laura has arrived at an exciting time with the collaboration project well under way and poised for expansion. A programme of tourism-related projects is in place and includes identifying opportunities for joint conference bids and cross-promotion of the two cities.
'On transport, consultants have been appointed to help prioritise and deliver infrastructure projects using new, more innovative, methodologies. Future work will include exploring a 'Rover' ticket for use by business and leisure tourists, which could link airports, city centres and out of town visitor attractions and promote the cultural links between the two cities.
'Promoting the cities for the relocation of civil service jobs from London and the south east is an important theme. Laura will drive, co-ordinate and develop the initial priorities from the 'Prospectus for Action'.'
Further information can be found at www.glasgow-edinburgh.co.uk.