As of 1st March 2011, the Trust’s governance arrangements were reformed through the appointment of a new Board of Trustees to replace the previous structure based on a separate Board and Council.
The new governance structure is based on the following:
- Chairman – Sir Kenneth Calman
- Up to three co-opted Trustees
- Ten Trustees elected by the Membership
- The President – the 16th Earl of Lindsay
Sir Kenneth Calman KCB MD FRCS DL FRSE
Sir Kenneth was born and brought up in Glasgow. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, where he has been Chancellor since 2006. He holds a number of prestigious appointments, including acting as a Trustee to the British Library and Chair of its Audit Committee, Chairman of the National Cancer Research Institute, Chairman of the Glasgow Science Centre and National President of the Boys Brigade. Sir Kenneth began his career in medicine, taking the roles of Chief Medical Officer, firstly in Scotland (1989) and latterly in England (1991 to 1998). He has undertaken senior roles in a range of national organisations over the past decades and has a keen interest in heritage and culture. In recent years Sir Kenneth was Vice-Chancellor of Durham University and chaired the Commission on Scottish Devolution established by the Scottish Parliament. He has a deep personal commitment to Scottish heritage and culture and is currently engaged in a research project exploring the relationship between Scottish Literature and health. Sir Kenneth is married with three grown up children and lives in Glasgow and Brodick, Isle of Arran.
Professor Ian Percy and James Knox were co-opted onto the Board of Trustees on 3rd March 2011.
In October 2010, 46 candidates declared themselves as standing for ten elected positions on the new Board and a ballot of all Trust Members was undertaken between 5th January and 2nd February 2011. The ballot was overseen by an Independent Scrutineer from Electoral Reform Services.
41,651 votes were cast by Trust Members, representing well over 13% of the membership. The following ten people received the most votes and were duly elected to serve on the new Board of Trustees:
- Amanda Herries
- Julian Birchall
- Sir Peter Erskine
- Jillian Carrick
- Nicholas Groves-Raines
- Benjamin Tindall
- Robin Harper
- Margaret Alexander
- Keith Griffiths
- Diana Murray