Our Board of Trustees
 
Caroline Borthwick

Caroline’s father was Director of the National Trust for Scotland,  so from her earliest days was brought up with the rhetoric and evolution of the Trust.

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She is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, Dyslexia teacher/Trainer/Course director/Lecturer/Writer and a qualified Personal Leadership Trainer. Her last 15 years have involved her with Historic Houses, during which time she revived and renovated the family ancestral home, Blair Castle, which dates back to 1105. She established a hospitality business at Blair and was involved in many local and national initiatives aimed at raising the profile and positive contributions made by built and natural heritage in private hands.

Caroline also headed up the Scottish Land and Estates Valuing Rural Heritage Group and is a Council-member of the Historic Houses Association Scotland. She is strongly of the belief that the conservation, preservation, relevance and engagement of unique historical buildings and natural heritage in Scotland is not only vital to tourism but is an essential component to Scotland’s identity and pride as a nation.

Caroline is passionate about helping people to be all they can be and encouraging young people to become engaged with, involved in and proud of our heritage. She sees their contribution and participation as being vital to the continuation and future of all that NTS members hold dear.
Ian Doig

He is as a qualified accountant with many years of practical experience, specialising in membership bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

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Particular interests include the development of coherent strategy & its implementation, effective financial management, audit committtee effectiveness, risk management and developing a robust income base to ensure sustainability and future investment. Ian's Non-Executive Director experience includes Board appoinments to the National Records of Scotland, SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency), Care Inspectorate and Scottish Social Services Council, plus Audit Committee appoinments with the Scottish Court Service and The Scotland Office. He is also a Community Councillor in Merchiston. Ian endeavours to add value to Board considerations through offering "critical friend" advice and by providing healthy and independent constructive challenge, on behalf of Trust members. Ian previously had substantial senior executive experience in financial management. He was formerly the Scotland Director of CIPFA, a professional membership body and previously held senior finance directorate posts with a range of public bodies.
Sir Peter Erskine

Sir Peter holds an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Science from the University of Edinburgh.

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He counts himself fortunate to have married his wife, Catherine, in 1972 and to have brought up five children and enjoyed his first two grandchildren. After a few years in South America he returned home to Scotland to run his family estate, Cambo near St Andrews, which is now one of Scotland's most successful destinations for country accommodation and leisure pursuits, including its internationally famous gardens and golf course. In developing the Cambo Estate, Sir Peter opened a farm park in 1982, which led to involvement with the National Trust for Scotland in managing land at Pollock and running a 1000 acre arable farming operation, which included intensive cultivation of vegetables and potatoes and keeping of livestock. He is still able to keep his hand in at golf and playing folk blues guitar, the harmonica and singing and has even recorded an album. He also enjoys literature, arts, music, good food, good wine and good company, not to mention the joy of being alive.
James Fenton

James has a long association with the Trust, beginning in his early years when his parents ran the Information Centre at Inverewe Garden, and continuing when he was later employed as Inverewe’s ranger/naturalist.                                                     

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From 1991-2005 he joined the Trust full-time as the charity’s first Ecologist, with a Scotland-wide responsibility to survey the whole landholding – from Unst to Threave and St Abbs to St Kilda, latterly based in Inverness as the Regional Nature Conservation Adviser. However, his first job after graduating with a degree in botany from the University of Durham was in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey, followed by five years tutoring ecology at a field centre in the Lake District. In the 1980s he set-up as one of the first ecological consultants in Scotland, carrying out work for a range of organisations, and also leading Arctic expeditions and lecturing on small cruise ships. In 1987 he launched the news digest SCENES: Scottish Environment News. When he left the Trust, James worked for Scottish Natural Heritage for five years, coordinating a project to identify the special qualities of Scotland’s 40 National Scenic Areas and two National Parks. Thereafter, in 2013, he went south again for two years to become CEO of Falklands Conservation, the main NGO in the Falkland Islands. Now James has returned to self-employment as a consultant, based in Argyll.
Keith Griffin

Keith is a retired solicitor and served on the National Trust for Scotland's Council from 2006 to 2011.                                                     

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He has served on the Trust's Audit and Risk Management Committee since 2007, and on the Trust's East Group Advisory Panel since 2010. For seven years until 2008 he was the Honorary Treasurer of the John Muir Trust, and he is a Trustee of The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society. Keith has experience in management (particularly financial management) and governance of both charities and businesses. He supported the independent review of the Trust conducted in 2009/10, and took part as a consultee and Issues Group-member. His interests include hill-walking, cycling, golf, music and theatre.
Robin Harper

As Scotland's first ever Green Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, Robin became a household name.                                         

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His commitment to the natural environment is a matter of record. His previous career was in education and he has been a committed advocate of outdoor education all of his life. He has long been involved in volunteering, both on a personal basis and in organising groups, as well as in using his public profile to publicise the excellent work of volunteer organisations. Robin was convener of the Cross party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment in the parliament for 10 years.
Amanda Herries

Amanda brings to the Board of Trustees her experience in a wide range of curatorial activities, with additional skills developed over some 30 years in fund-raising and committee work in the establishment of numerous arts projects.

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A graduate of Cambridge University in Archaeology and Anthropology, she then spent ten years at the Museum of London as a Curator of 18th - 20th century decorative arts, lecturing, preparing exhibitions and maintaining collections in her department. For seven years Amanda lived with her family in Japan, liaising between English and Japanese private and public museum and arts collections, lecturing, writing and broadcasting on connected subjects. Building on a personal interest, the influence of the Japanese garden on the West became a speciality. She lectures on a wide number of topics in the UK and abroad, including regularly to the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). She is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths (London) and the current cataloguer of oil paintings in Southern Scotland for the UK wide survey undertaken by the Public Catalogue Foundation. She leads cultural tours in Scotland and in Japan, is keen on music and the performing arts and continues a family tradition of living in Galloway.
Kevin McCormick

Although born in Yorkshire, Kevin has, with the exception of a four year gap, been based in Aberdeenshire since 1973.

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Initially working for the Fleet Street-based Thompson newspaper group, Kevin joined the Press & Journal as an advertising manager in 1973 before being promoted back to Yorkshire after three years. He returned to Aberdeen in 1980 and in December 1987 formed a partnership with Edinburgh-based Covey Advertising to establish his own advertising, marketing and PR agency, Covey McCormick. Covey McCormick was instrumental in a fundraising appeal for the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) for which it developed the ARCHIE Foundation brand in 2001. The ARCHIE Foundation is now recognised as one of the leading children’s healthcare charities in Scotland and is the official charity of RACH in Aberdeen, Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells in Dundee and the Highland Children’s Unit at Raigmore in Inverness. Although Kevin retired from the agency in 2013, he continues in the role of Trustee for the ARCHIE Foundation and also fulfils the role of its Director of Communications. Additionally, he is a Trustee of the Grampian Transport Museum Trust in Alford and Lathallan Independent School, Johnshaven.
Veronica Morriss

She joined the NTS in 1986 and over the next 16 years she enjoyed operational management and public affairs roles which took her to every region of the Trust as well as two years with the National Trust in London and the Home counties.

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Her posts included both Falkland Palace and Brodick Castle until she was appointed to the NTS Management Board as Regional Director (South). Thereafter she moved to Cambridge to become a Fellow of Peterhouse and was a member of the College's Governing Body and the University committee for Environmental Management, Cambridge Colleges Planning Committee and Health & Safety Chair. Trustee of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. After retiring in 2006, she continued in business management with WWT Slimbridge and Pensthorpe Wildlife & Gardens, successfully resolving deficit businesses to profitability. Interests include life in the Borders, painting, theatre and bridge.
Mr Peter J. Ord

Peter joined the Board of The NTS in February 2013 . Peter was born and brought up in Edinburgh where he attended George Watson's College.

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A chartered surveyor with an honours degree in Agriculture from the University of Edinburgh and a Diploma in Farm Business Administration from Wye College, University of London, Peter retired in 2009 after nearly 14 years as Resident Factor of Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire having previously been Factor of Strathmore Estates, Glamis, Angus and County Durham for over 21 years. He was a partner of Youngs Chartered Surveyors and is now a consultant with Bell Ingram. He started work as a mud-student with Tommy Dale, Scoughall Farm, North Berwick, and as an assistant factor on Hamilton and Kinneil Estates, Lanarkshire. He was chairman of the Angus Tourist Board, a board member of Angus College of Further Education, of The River Dee Trust, of Crathie Opportunity Holidays, of Snowsport Scotland and a member of Glamis Community Council. He is chairman of The Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust and a governor of Gordonstoun School. He is a director of Shielbridge Ltd, and is a member of the Shiel Fishery sub-board. He is assisting the steering committee of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden Charitable Trust. He is an elder of Glamis Parish Church. Peter is married to Jan. They have a son and a daughter. Peter's principal interest is in land management. He enjoys skiing, shooting, fishing, sailing, curling, golfing (poorly), choral singing and Scottish Country Dancing.
Graeme Sword

Graeme Sword is a founding partner of Blue Water Energy, a U.K. based private equity firm.                                         

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Before establishing Blue Water Energy, he was Partner and Head of Oil, Gas & Power at 3i, the private equity firm. Prior to joining 3i, Graeme was a Brand Manager at Unilever. Graeme holds a M.A. (Hons) degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Dundee. Graeme is a keen sportsman having previously been an international squash player. He lives in in Aberdeen with wife and 3 children.
Benjamin Tindall

Ben worked as a carpenter in Denmark and was educated as an Architect at the Universities of Edinburgh and Philadelphia and was trained in practice by FWB Charles and others.

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He is interested in the art and craft of architecture; the work of his practice, Benjamin Tindall Architects, includes The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Fringe and the Hub in Edinburgh. Elsewhere in Scotland and the Outer Isles it includes a wide range of domestic, institutional and commercial work of all scales. He is involved with several new sustainable community projects. Conservation work includes Melgund and other castles and Skaill House on Orkney and other houses. Ben is also Chairman of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust and is a harbourmaster and a land manager. He has served on the Board of the Traverse Theatre and the John Muir Trust and was a founder of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Garden History Society in Scotland and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in Scotland. He has been a Life member of the National Trust for Scotland since 1973, and has served on its Council and other committees since 1996.