Simon, who holds an MBA from the University of Stirling, was previously Chief Executive of Aegon Ireland Plc, an international insurance business managing in excess of €4 billion of funds for over 20,000 investors.
Prior to this he served in a succession of senior leadership posts within the wider Aegon UK group of pension, insurance and investment businesses, including the roles of Chief Operating Officer for Aegon UK (Scottish Equitable) and Director of Customer Services. At earlier stages in his career, Simon also fulfilled senior corporate services, sales and marketing roles with the Automobile Association, Scottish Equitable, Scottish Widows and Lloyds TSB. His very earliest appointments were with the National Health Service, including the Greater Glasgow Health Board where he was responsible for commissioning cancer and cardiac care. Simon’s career in healthcare management also took him to Saudi Arabia where he was Director of procurement for the Saudi Arabian Military Hospitals programme. After 30 years living in Scotland, Simon is delighted to have been given the chance to be “part of something that defines us in Scotland.”
Allan Bowie, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services
Allan was latterly with the Bristow Group, provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, where he was Director, Global Operations Accounting.
A qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAS), Allan has gained a wealth of business experience over a 30-year period in which he has worked in a wide variety of industries both here and overseas, especially the USA. Among his previous posts Allan has been Finance Director for both Babcock Rail and the Scottish Resources Group. While his core technical skills are as a finance and accounting professional, his main professional focus has been working with and advising management teams to help them improve commercial performance and realise business opportunities. Allan recently relocated back to Scotland from the USA and has been a member of the National Trust for Scotland for many years.
Patrick Duffy, Chief Operating Officer
Patrick is Chief Operating Officer and has been with the Trust since 2013. The role encompasses the operational and performance leadership of Trust properties and how they are supported.
With a career in both private and charity sectors, Patrick initially worked in retail management in Ireland before moving to the UK, also within the retail sector. Leadership roles in the charity sector include the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and The Zoological Society of Ireland. Latterly, he was Managing Director of Cardiff Airport and has also served on the board of a public-private tourism and destination marketing company in South Wales. Patrick graduated with a MBA from Cardiff University and is also a graduate in Forestry from Bangor University (M.Sc.). In his spare time, he has also studied through Leicester University’s School of Museum Studies (M.A. Heritage & Interpretation). His motivation for joining the National Trust for Scotland is the opportunity to support its role in furthering the value and enjoyment that Scotland’s diverse heritage has to offer.
Mark Bishop, Director of Customer & Cause
Mark has worked in the voluntary sector for close to 15 years, including at Prostate Cancer UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability and The Royal British Legion. Mark’s role is to help the Trust communicate even more effectively about the amazing places we have for everyone to visit and how everything we do is about conserving what matters for generations to come.
Prior to joining the voluntary sector Mark worked in book publishing and television. He undertook a degree at Stirling University and is a father of three children who are new to Scotland but are getting out to castles, coastlines and other great sites run by the National Trust for Scotland pretty much every weekend.