Board of Trustees

Robin took over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in December 2016 having served as a Trustee since 2007. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner in the international firm KPMG, retiring in 2007. Outwith our organisation Robin is Vice-Chair of the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council and a Director of Skills Development Scotland. Former appointments include the Court of Strathclyde University, The Merchants House of Glasgow and the Council of CBI Scotland.

Stuart retired in 2019 following a career in Facilities and Operational Management across a wide range of industry sectors, spending the last 11 years in a Director role with Babcock International Group based at HM Naval Base (Clyde), Faslane. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Simon began his working life as a Supply Officer in the Royal Navy on a short career commission. Since leaving the Royal Navy he has developed his career in Human Resources working in retail, manufacturing and distribution, banking, new media, education and skills in the public sector, and publishing, with 20 years as an HR Director. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

Jamie spent 10 years as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, having been commissioned in 1980, serving in Northern Ireland, Germany and London. Since leaving he has spent 12 years in the paper industry with DS Smith plc, in both operational and corporate communications roles before becoming a retailer in 2001. The next 10 years were spent as MD of Hamilton & Inches, followed by seven years as General Manager of Mappin & Webb in Scotland. He is currently a Director of Hillhouse Estates Ltd and Clothister Ore Ltd. Jamie consulted as an Historical Adviser on the 2019 Downton Abbey film and the ITV drama Belgravia, which is to be shown in 2020.

Douglas joined the Board of Trustees in 2017. He has worked within NHS Scotland for almost 20 years, most recently as Director of Finance for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Before entering the NHS, Douglas worked for nine years within the Defence Industry for Pilkington Optronics (formerly Barr and Stroud Ltd.). He trained as a Chartered Accountant and qualified in 1982, working for Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co (now KPMG) in Glasgow. He is a non executive director of SHIL (Scottish Health Innovations Ltd) and is also Chairman of Shared Hope, a Scottish Charity which seeks to meet the needs of people in extreme poverty, working through small projects in different parts of the world.

David Harrison recently completed a full career in the British Army and his final assignment was as Defence Attaché in Kazakhstan. Prior to this he had served with NATO in Belgium, Afghanistan and Germany. He commanded a Reserve Infantry battalion and has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, the Balkans and Afghanistan. He now lives in Edinburgh and works as a consultant at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham.

Chris left the Army as a Major General in 2009, having served extensively on operations, both in command and on the staff. He subsequently joined BAE Systems Inc and served in senior strategy positions before running a large business unit in the US. He is currently the Executive Chair of Veterans Scotland.

Ian is Chairman of Erskine's Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and was formerly a partner of the international accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP; he was a member and vice chair of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Ian is currently a non-executive director of Ricardo plc, a listed global strategic, technical engineering and environmental consultancy, the external independent member of the audit committee of the Student Loans Company and a trustee of the Endrick Trust.

Rosemary originally trained as a nurse in Glasgow and worked in front line clinical practise for 20 years before embarking on a career in clinical and general management for the next 20 years. Rosemary held a number of general and senior management posts in Glasgow and Lanarkshire before taking up post as an Executive Director in Lanarkshire in 2007. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary professorship by the faculty of Nursing at the University of the West of Scotland and in 2015 she was honoured to receive an MBE at Buckingham Palace, for services to Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland. Rosemary retired in 2015.

Elizabeth is a Chartered Accountant, recently retired after a varied career in both professional practice and in commerce, latterly as Director of Finance in Scotland for a major real estate company. She served for eight years on the Audit Committee of The University of Glasgow, and is currently a Director of The Merchants House of Glasgow where she chairs the Audit Committee.

Brenda is currently the Associate Director of Nursing and Care with NHS 24. Brenda trained as a Registered General Nurse and has a wealth of experience in the provision of safe, quality healthcare in the private and public sectors. Brenda is currently a member of the Erskine General Council and the Erskine Clinical Governance committee. Brenda is also a volunteer instructor and member of the board of trustees at the Riding for Disabled Association.