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Board of Trustees

Robin became Chairman of the Board of Trustees in December 2016 having served as a Trustee since 2007. He was a partner in the international firm KPMG, retiring in 2007. Former appointments include Vice-Chair of the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council, director of Skills Development Scotland, Chair of the Scottish Government Review of Public Sector Procurement in Construction, member of the Court of Strathclyde University, director of the Merchants House of Glasgow, Chair of the Scottish Business Crime Centre, member of Council of CBI Scotland and Vice Chairman of Laurel Park School. He is a Chartered Accountant and a law graduate of Glasgow University.

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.

Maria is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and her professional career has been dedicated to caring and treating people with mental illness, either through nursing or via cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. She moved from frontline clinical practice to management and leadership roles which have spanned both North and South of the border, holding senior posts in a number of Boards in NHS Scotland. She supports work commissioned via Scottish Government and has studied at both Dundee and Queen Margaret Universities. Maria is the Executive Director of Nursing and care at NHS 24.

A newspaper, radio & television journalist for 40 years, Mike Edwards was the nightly face of the Scottish News on STV for more than quarter of a century. He is an officer in the Army Reserve having joined the Territorial Army in 1994 and as a Major in the Royal Highland Fusiliers, was mobilised to serve on operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. Author of the novel ‘Friendly Fire’ and autobiography ‘The Road Home,’ he is working on new fiction & non-fiction projects. After retiring from his media career, he was a full-time carer for his mother who had been diagnosed with dementia. He is an ambassador for Alzheimer Scotland and is passionate about helping people living with dementia, their families & military veterans. Mike is a trustee of the RHF charity, the Highlanders Regimental Museum at Fort George & volunteers for the armed forces charity SSAFA & Crimestoppers Scotland. He holds a BA degree in Sociology, a diploma in journalism and is a graduate of the British and Canadian Army staff colleges.

After studying Forensic & Analytical Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, Craig subsequently obtained a PhD from Durham University. He then spent a number of years working in executive search and recruitment in the scientific industry, before choosing to pursue a career in fundraising. Craig has held senior leadership roles in leading UK universities, health charities and independent schools where his experience has extended to marketing, student recruitment, communications, fundraising and bespoke events.
In 2019 Craig began working with FJ Philanthropy Ltd, a boutique consultancy business, founded by his brother.

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.

During more than 30 years in the British Army, David Harrison served as Defence Attache in Central Asia, as a NATO strategic planning officer in Belgium and as a senior NATO operations officer in Germany and Afghanistan. Prior to these roles he commanded a Reserve Infantry battalion in the South West of England. Since leaving the Army he has become an independent defence & security consultant, undertaking a range of learning and development assignments. He lives in Edinburgh.

Chris left the Army 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 the Erskine Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and was formerly a partner of the international accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP; since then he has been a member and vice chair of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, a non-executive director of Clyde Process Solutions plc and of Ricardo plc, and the external independent member of the audit committee of the Student Loans Company. He is currently a trustee and chair of the audit and risk committee at the Stroke Association 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.