A teacher by profession, she was first elected to Edinburgh District Council to represent the Telford ward in 1984, later becoming leader of the district council.
Following the local elections in May 2007 she is now one of four councillors representing the new Inverleith ward.
She was elected the Lord Provost of Edinburgh on May 8, 2003, succeeding Eric Milligan, however following elections on May 3, 2007, the Labour Party lost overall control of the City of Edinburgh and was succeeded in the office of Lord Provost by Liberal Democrat George Grubb.
She is also currently Chair of NHS Health Scotland.
Festival spats, a crisis over the tattoo, high winds and fancy tartan shoes So just how heavy is a lord provost's chain?; Edinburgh's first lady Lesley Hinds reveals all
Jun 13, 2004; ACCORDING to the Edinburgh City Council website, the correct etiquette when greeting Lesley Hinds is to address her as Lord...
Women in chains; It's been quite a month for women in Scottish politics. First the number of female MSPs went up; now the nation's two largest cities have appointed lady lords provost. But will Liz Cameron and Lesley Hinds break the mould of macho, conservative council politics and can sisterhood bring two old rivals together?
May 26, 2003; Liz Cameron, Lord Provost of Glasgow IT'S been a historic month for women. As well as the election of more female MSPs to the...