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Nominated members of the Trust

Nominated members of the Trust


thumb Anne GloverProfessor Dame Anne Glover, CBE FRSE FASM- Chair May 2015-, Trustee since 2015. A Biologist and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Aberdeen, Anne Glover gained a first class Bachelor of Science honours degree  at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD at King's College, Cambridge. Glover was recognised in 2008 as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology and was awarded a CBE for services to environmental science. She recently completed a three year term as the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. Prior to that appointment she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland (2006-2011).  Since June 2016, she is a member of the Standing Council on Europe, appointed by the Scottish Government.

Deputy Chair

thumb Lord Kerr photoLord Kerr of Kinlochard, GCMG HonLLD FRSE. Deputy Chair 2013-, Trustee since 2005. Educated at Glasgow Academy and Pembroke College, Oxford. A Diplomatic Service career included spells as Permanent Representative to the EU, Ambassador to the USA, and Foreign Office Permanent Under Secretary (when he was a member of the British Council Board). Chairman of Imperial College 2005-11, and Deputy Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell 2005-12. Now Deputy Chairman of Scottish Power, and a director of Rio Tinto and the Scottish American Investment Company. Member, Standing Council for Europe since June 2016, appointed by the Scottish Government. Formerly a Rhodes Trustee and Fulbright Commissioner. A crossbench peer since 2004.

Board of Trustees

Richard Burns Esq., MA LLB. Trustee since 2005. MA from Oxford in Modern History and LLB from Edinburgh University. Formerly joint senior partner of Baillie Gifford & Co, investment managers in Edinburgh, Chancellor’s Assessor and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Court of the University of Dundee. Chairman of two investment trust companies.

The Rt Hon Lord Eassie (Ronald D Mackay), PC. Trustee since 2016. Lord Eassie holds the degrees of MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews and Ll B from the University of Edinburgh. Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1972, he practised at the Bar until 1979, when he took up a post as an official of the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg. He resumed practice as an advocate in 1983 becoming Queen’s Counsel in 1986. He served as an Advocate depute between 1987 and 1990. From 1997 until retirement in 2015 he held office as a judge in the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary; and between 2002 and 2006 was also chairman of the Scottish Law Commission. Among extra-judicial activities, in 2005 Lord Eassie accepted an invitation to assume convenorship of the Joint Standing Committee on Legal Education in Scotland. He is also president of the council of the Scottish Universities Law Institute. He is an honorary member of the Society of Legal Scholars and has contributed to, or edited, a number of legal textbooks.

thumb Alison Fielding PhotoAlison Fielding, BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD. Trustee since 2016. Alison Fielding is an experienced entrepreneur; creating, building and investing in high-growth companies.   Her career has spanned scientific research at Zeneca plc, strategy consultancy at McKinsey & Company, and investment, business building and CEO coaching at IP Group plc, where she was COO until 2013 and is currently Director of Strategy and IP Impact. She has extensive executive and non-executive experience and is currently NED at Getech plc, Perachem Holdings Limited and a trustee of Royal Voluntary Service.  Alison holds a First Class Hons. B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School and an M.Sc.in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen.

thumb John Grant BG connect1Sir John Grant, KCMG. Trustee since 2013. Currently Executive Vice President, Policy and Corporate Affairs, BG Group. Before joining the BG Group in 2009, John had been president of BHP Billiton Europe since 2007. Prior to that he was a member of the Diplomatic Service from 1976 to 2007, holding posts in Stockholm, Moscow and Brussels, where he was the UK's Permanent Representative to the European Union from 2003 to 2007. Since November 2016, he is a member of the Standing Council on Europe, appointed by the Scottish Government.

 Donald MacDonald,CBE. Trustee since 2016.CBE. Donald MacDonald, a law graduate of Edinburgh University and a chartered accountant. Involved in corporate finance and a variety of businesses. Past President of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. Over 30 years involvement in the arts, Formerly Chair (now life President) of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, also served on Board of Edinburgh Festival. Joint Founder of East Neuk Festival and also Research Centre into Motor Neurone Disease at Edinburgh University and Euans Guide.

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Sir Iain M McMillan, CBE FCIB FCIBS FAIA CCMI FSQA FRSA. Trustee since 2010. Sir Iain McMillan spent twenty-three years with the TSB Group prior to joining the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in 1993.  He held the position of Director, CBI Scotland for nineteen years until his retirement in 2014.  Sir Iain now holds a number of Board positions in the business and charitable sectors.  He is currently Chairman of SkillForce and the University of Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board, a Member of the Executive Committee of the British American Business Council (BABC), Honorary Patron of the Scottish North American Business Council (SNABC) and a Trustee of The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.  In 2009, Sir Iain was appointed Honorary Air Commodore of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.  In 2003, Sir Iain was appointed CBE for services to the business community and lifelong learning in Scotland.  In 2015, Sir Iain was knighted for services to the Scottish economy. 

Dr Sandy Nairn   June 2015Sandy Nairn, BSc, PhD, CFA. Trustee since 2016. Investment Partner and CEO at Edinburgh Partners an Edinburgh based asset manager.  Senior Non Executive Director at The Mercantile Trust.  Previously Chief Investment Officer at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (2000-2003) and Director of Global Equity Research at Templeton Investment (1990-2000).  Prior to this he worked at Murray Johnstone an investment manager in Glasgow and as an economist at the Scottish Development Agency. He has authored two book on investment related topics. 


Sara ParkinSara Parkin, OBE. Trustee since 2016. Sara Parkin is Principal Associate of The Sustainability Literacy Project and co-Founder and Trustee of Forum for the Future.  She was born in Aberdeen and began her working life as a nurse in Edinburgh  During the 1980s she played leading roles in the UK Green Party and in the growth of green politics worldwide. With Forum for the Future she designed and ran a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development for 20 years and wrote The Positive Deviant: Sustainability Leadership in a Perverse World, now a course book in several countries. She sits on the Board of the Higher Education Academy, is Chair of the Richard Sandbrook Trust and advises the NUS and others on sustainability.   Past Board experience includes NERC, the Environment Agency (E&W), Friends of the Earth and the New Economics Foundation.  She is also a Patron of Population Matters, the Urban Orchard Project and the Museum of Islay Life.  Her honours include recognition by engineering, other professional and education institutions and, in 2001, an OBE for services to education and sustainable development.  

judithsischyJudith Sischy, OBE BA MA. Trustee since 2011. Former Chief Executive/ Director of Education for the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS); appointed on the Scottish Qualifications Authority Advisory Board, General Teaching Council for Scotland, Government’s Curriculum for Excellence Management Board. Member of the Court of Queen Margaret University, the Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland and of the Appointments Committee of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. She has previously served on the Sick Children’s Trust in Edinburgh, Childline, Common Purpose and Edinburgh Rotary (Past President). Awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to education and the voluntary sector. 


ed weepleEd Weeple, CB MA. Trustee since 2016. Formerly, Head of Lifelong Learning, Scottish Government - responsible for post-school education and training, including HE and FE. Since 2003, has held posts as: Court Member, Heriot Watt University; Member and Chair, Telford College; Special Adviser to Principal, University of the West of Scotland; Secretary, Goodison Group in Scotland; and First Minister’s Assessor to the CTUS. Posts held prior to 2003 include: Membership of: UK Chief Scientist’s Advisory Committee; UK Science and Engineering Base Committee; and AFRC Management Board and Visiting Groups. Also, Common Purpose, Business in the Community Executive Council and Trustee, Garvald Edinburgh.