Trustees and Governance

Our Trustees are responsible for the Trust’s strategic direction and for representing our members in decision making.

Ten of the 14 Trustees are elected by the Trust’s members; the remainder (including the Chairman) are co-opted by invitation because of the particular skills and experience they bring.

Our Board of Trustees

Sir Mark Jones, Chairman

Sir Mark Jones, Chairman

Sir Mark Jones, who lives in Edinburgh, was the Director of the National Museums of Scotland from 1992 to 2001 where he oversaw the project to create and open the ‘Museum of Scotland’.

He then became the Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. During his tenure, there was a ten-year, £120 million programme of renewal of the museum which saw visitor numbers triple.

Currently, he is chair of the Pilgrim Trust, the Historic Scotland Foundation and the Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust.

He also owns the Golden Hare bookshop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh which was recently named Independent Bookshop of the Year at the British Book Awards.

He took over as Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland on 9 August 2019.

Caroline Borwick, Trustee

Caroline Borwick, Trustee

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

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 also 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.

Dr David Caldwell, Trustee

David is an archaeologist and museum curator with a life-long interest in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland.

He was brought up in Ardrossan in Ayrshire and studied at Edinburgh University where he also completed a doctorate on the early use of guns in Scotland. From 1973 until he retired in 2012 he was a curator in the National Museums of Scotland, latterly as Keeper of Scotland and Europe and Keeper of Archaeology. There he gained considerable experience developing and creating exhibitions. He directed or managed excavations at Eyemouth Fort in Berwickshire, Auldhill in Ayrshire, Throsk (pottery kilns) in Stirlingshire and Finlaggan, Islay, the centre of the Lordship of the Isles. He has published extensively, including historical and archaeological books on Islay, weapons and warfare, and the Lewis chessmen.

He is currently the President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Chair of Fife Cultural Trust, the body tasked with running Fife’s libraries, museums and theatres. In retirement his archaeological and historical interests, here and abroad, take up much of his time but he has also developed a passion for playing table tennis (badly) and for dress-making.

Wendy Corrigan, Trustee

Since qualifying as an architect in 1996 Wendy has worked in both the public and private sectors on a wide range of projects, and is now a Partner with Wylie Shanks Architects in Glasgow. Having developed an interest in traditional Scottish architecture she completed a Master’s degree in Building Conservation at Heriot - Watt University and also holds Advanced Accreditation in Conservation Architecture from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Having worked as Lead Consultant on a number of conservation and restoration projects her experience is diverse, ranging in scale from tombs to castles. She is also an Incorporated Member of the Association for Project Safety and sits on the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Strathclyde Cases Panel.

Wendy lives in Bothwell near Glasgow with her husband and son, and in her spare time she enjoys running, cycling and reading.

Dr James Fenton, Trustee

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.

From 1991–2005 he worked at 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 he was 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, co-ordinating 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.

Steve Langmead, Trustee

Steve Langmead was appointed onto the Board of Trustees in 2017 and has a breadth of technology and digital experience.

He is an experienced CEO with over 25 years’ management experience gained in industries such as oil & gas, tourism, technology outsourcing, local authorities and health. Steve has managed large technology/digital businesses such as Atos and Capita, as well as start-ups such as visitscotland.com. Steve currently has investments in ten Scottish businesses, and is on the Board of Young Scot. With his roots in Shetland, he grew up in Aberdeen and now lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children.

David Leslie, Trustee

David is a Chartered Accountant and was a Corporate Finance Partner in PwC for 20 years. He has extensive experience in advising companies in relation to strategy and financial matters. He now runs an independent advisory firm called Leslie Corporate Finance, and works with a range of businesses and individuals. He is also a Trustee and Board member of Mary’s Meals, a Scottish-based charity.

David is married to Marion and they have three children, who are all now in their twenties. He lives in Glasgow and enjoys spending time in Arran. His hobbies include walking, climbing and photography in the Scottish countryside, and generally keeping fit. He is interested in Scottish heritage and culture, plays the bagpipes and sings in a choir. He has been an NTS member for 15 years and is passionate about ensuring that Scotland’s heritage is preserved and maintained for future generations.

Jayne MacLennan

Jayne MacLennan is an experienced Non-Executive Director and former Group Property Director of a FTSE 300 company She is on the board of The Royal Air Force, LocatED and has recently completed a term of office at Glasgow Prestwick Airport where she was Chair of a Remuneration Committee and member of Safety, and Audit and Risk Committees. She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of a global charity, Lionheart and a Trustee of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) where she also serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Jayne has spent her career caring for property and land, including Listed Buildings both at board and senior management level. She also recognises that maintaining and repairing regularly is necessary to ensure its long term life. Jayne is accustomed to working with financial constraints which can limit the ability to do that. To help bridge these financial gaps Jayne was used to thinking laterally to use commercial opportunites, be that working with a network of national and local retail and catering specialists. Used appropriately not only do these facilities bring much needed income but they can also add to the overall customer and visitor experience.

She cares passionately about Scotlands heritage and in particular the many National Trust for Scotland’s properties and physical assets.

Professional Qualifications

BSC (Hon) Est Mgt, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator, European Internal Assessor, PRINCE 2 Practitioner

Penny Martin

Penny Martin is an editor, writer and curator. Born in Glasgow, brought up in St Andrews, educated in Glasgow, Manchester and London, she is the founder editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman, the award-winning women’s magazine.

Previously, she was editor-in-chief of SHOWstudio.com from 2001 to 2008 and a curator at The Fawcett Library and at The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, as well as a professor at University of the Arts, London. Penny contributes to numerous magazines, consults to several fashion brands and has curated exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery and Somerset House, London.

Penny is a member of the development committee of Studio Voltaire and joined the Trust's Board in September 2019.

Kevin McCormick, Trustee

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

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.

David Mitchell FCI. Hort FRGS. AAHI, Trustee

With 40 years of horticultural experience, which began at Threave and Inverewe, David progressed to become a Curator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where he is now a Research Associate.

He is also Director & Curator of Muddy Feet Consultants, his own environmental education company that specialises in landscape assessment, project development, horticulture, interpretation and exhibitions. Passionate about plants, gardens, designed landscapes, wild land and biodiversity, his main aim is ‘inspiring a sense of wonder for the land and its future’ in all generations. Throughout his career he has advised many private clients, plus public and charitable organisations including the National Archives of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Collections Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland. David has extensive broadcasting experience in television and radio with the BBC, STV and Channel Four, augmented by global involvement as an expedition lecturer for Noble Caledonia, the National Trust for Scotland and the American Ivy League Universities of Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown. He became Chairman of Scotland’s Gardens in April 2017 and has been a Trustee of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre for nearly 15 years. He currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife Catherine – his best friend, lifelong supporter and guiding light – plus their skinny whippet, a beautiful blue lad called Mr Lowry. In his spare time he enjoys art, antique porcelain, adding to his extensive library, plus music and cooking.

Professor Murray Pittock, Trustee

Murray was elected to join the Board in September 2019. As professor and pro vice-principal at the University of Glasgow, Murray's career has included advising on the curriculum and Trust content for schools, training tourist guides and chairing the Kelvin Hall project for the university, via chairing a charity and managing museums. He has written books which have contributed to the interpretation of Trust properties: for example, Culloden (2016).

Michael Spence, Trustee

Michael is a solicitor, enrolled with the Law Society for Scotland with twenty three years’ experience as a commercial real estate partner . Michael is currently a partner, based in Edinburgh, in Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. His work involves advising property and development companies as well as acting for retailers and other commercial property occupiers. Over recent years this has brought him to work with the renewables industry in Scotland.

Michael was brought up in Shetland and has lived and worked in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

His interests relate substantially in the outdoors being a keen runner and walker. Michael is married to Sheena and their two children are now adult and share their parents’ love of Scotland.

Graeme Sword, Trustee

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

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 an MA (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 Aberdeen with his wife and three children.

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Governance arrangements

Since 2011, the Trust has been governed by a Board of Trustees.

Trustee elections

Trustees serve a term of four years and all members are eligible to vote.

Our Constitution

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