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 Moir Lockhead OBE, Chairman

Sir Moir Lockhead OBE, Chairman

Sir Moir Lockhead was born in a mining village in County Durham and first came to Scotland in 1979 to be Glasgow City Transport’s Chief Engineer, where he oversaw the final stages of the underground’s refurbishment.

He joined Grampian Regional Transport as General Manager in 1985 and led a management and employee buy-out in 1989. What ultimately became the Aberdeen-headquartered FirstGroup was floated on the stock exchange in 1994 and, as Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman, Sir Moir steered it to become a multi-national, £6 billion business employing almost 130,000 people.

He was awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to the bus industry, knighted in 2008, and awarded the VisitScotland Silver Thistle Award in 2010 for outstanding services to the tourism industry in Scotland.

Sir Moir retired from FirstGroup in late 2010 and since then has divided his time between cattle farming on his family’s Aberdeenshire estate and various other roles including Senior Governor of the Court of the University of Aberdeen (until 2016) and Chairman of Scottish Rugby Union (again until 2016).

He took over as Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland on 1 May 2015.

Jill Carrick, Deputy Chairman

Jill Carrick, Deputy Chairman

A graduate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Jill has enjoyed a career in education and the delivery of large-scale cultural and artistic events and festivals.

Her postgraduate education was completed at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and her passionate belief is that sharing the story of our past is an absolutely vital component to the education and development of all children. Through her experience in providing quality assurance for the teaching of music and the arts in East Renfrewshire's schools, Jill believes that engagement with young people is the key to preserving our heritage. She currently lives in Glasgow.

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 James Fenton, Trustee

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.

Keith Griffiths, Trustee

Keith Griffiths, Trustee

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

He has served on the Trust’s Audit and Risk Management Committee since 2007 and on the Trust’s East Group Advisory Panel from 2010 to 2017. 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 hillwalking, cycling, golf, music and theatre.

Robin Harper, Trustee

Robin Harper, Trustee

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

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 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, Trustee

Amanda Herries, Trustee

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 fundraising and committee work in the establishment of numerous arts projects.

A graduate of Cambridge University in Archaeology and Anthropology, she then spent ten years at the Museum of London as a Curator of 18th- to 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.

Steve Langmead, Trustee

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 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.

Kevin McCormick, Trustee

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

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.

Veronica Morriss, Trustee

Veronica Morriss, Trustee

Veronica joined the NTS in 1986. 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.

Veronica’s 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 and was also a 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.

Graeme Sword, Trustee

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.

Ben Tindall, Trustee

Ben Tindall, Trustee

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

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.

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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.