Councillor Tom Cook

Leader of the conservative group
representing Ward 3: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse

Tom was born in Dumfries but has lived in Ayrshire since 1974.

He began his engineering career with SSEB and subsequently Scottish Power, becoming a Senior Manager prior to his retirement.


Tom began his political career in 2003 when he unsuccessfully stood for the Council.

He was subsequently elected to East Ayrshire Council in 2007 as a Councillor for Ward 3, Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse . He was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2017 and has held several positions including a term as Deputy Leader of the Council.

Current Committee Representation:


  • Chair of Police and Fire & Rescue Committee 
  • Chair of East Ayrshire Licensing Board.
  • Cabinet 
  • Planning Committee 
  • Ayrshire Economic Partnership Board
  •  Community Planning Partnership Board
  • Ayrshire Economic Partnership Committee 
  • Ayrshire Shared Services Committee 
  • East Ayrshire Civic Government Licensing Panel
  • Joint Consultative Committee
  • Royal Incorporation of Buchanan Bequest 


December 2019

Tuesday 3rd Dec Grange Academy 6:30pm until 7 pm.

Wednesday 11 Dec Johnnie Walker Bond 2pm until 2:30 pm.

See Also

Councillor Jon Herd

Councillor Ward 4: Kilmarnock East and Hurlford

Jon is a native of Ayr and has lived in East Ayrshire for more than 30 years.
Jon is a former Merchant Navy officer and spent 30 years in the police, serving in Ayrshire, Glasgow and

Councillor John McFadzean

Councillor John McFadzean Ward 1: Annick


John was born and brought up in Newton Mearns. He moved to Fenwick with his wife in 1999. and has one daughter. 

John owns and runs a motor garage in Fenwick. and his family also run a childminding service in the village.

Councillor Ian Grant

Councillor Kilmarnock North

Ian has lived in North Kilmarnock with his wife and daughter for over twenty years. A previous chairman of his local Community Council. Ian was elected to East Ayrshire Council in 2017.

Ian is a published author and comes from a sales and marketing background.


Councillor Alyson Simmons

Ward 7: Ballochmyle

Alyson was born in Cheshire to Scottish parents. Having completed her education there she moved to Scotland over 20 years ago.

She is married with a young son and currently runs her own confectionary business.

Councillor Walter Young

Ward 8 Cumnock and New Cumnock

Walter has lived all his life in Ayrshire, being brought up on the family farm.

He plays an active role in the operation of his farm in New Cumnock which he manages with his son.