Executive Committee

​The Executive Committee consists of the Chief Executive and the four operational Directors responsible for day to day management of the Trust.

They are accountable to the Trust membership through the strategic oversight of the Board of Trustees.

Simon Skinner, Chief Executive Officer

Simon, who holds an MBA from Stirling University, 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’.

Louise Page, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services

Louise is originally from Kinross and is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and has practised her profession in the fields of Global Asset Management, Private Equity, Investment Banking and Venture Capital Trusts.

Among the sectors she has worked in are charities, legal, manufacturing and hospitality. From 2010-2017, Louise worked with BlackRock, one of the world’s pre-eminent asset management firms and a premier provider of investment management. Latterly she was leading global implementation of new systems for the business’s marketing and project management and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer for marketing in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as being Director of Global Billing Projects. Before BlackRock, Louise was with the Noble Group Ltd, Royal Bank Private Equity and Houston Rooney.

Patrick Duffy, Chief Operating Officer

Patrick has been with the Trust since 2013. His role encompasses the operational and performance leadership of Trust properties and how they are supported.

With a career in both the 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 an MBA from Cardiff University and is also a graduate in Forestry from Bangor University (MSc). In his spare time, he has also studied through Leicester University’s School of Museum Studies (MA in 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 more than 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.