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.

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.

Jayne MacLennan, Deputy Chair

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 opportunities, 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 Scotland’s heritage and in particular the many National Trust for Scotland 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

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Shona Malcolm, Trustee

Shona is a recently retired Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in audit and finance advisory work with SMEs in a variety of sectors. Originally training with PricewaterhouseCoopers, she moved to Milne Craig, an independent Scottish firm, where she was the Director in charge of the audit function.

She is extremely familiar with the charity sector, having acted for a diverse range of charities, both providing audit services and advising charities’ boards on governance rules and responsibilities and on risk assessment matters.

Shona is a long standing member of the National Trust for Scotland and is passionate about Scotland and ensuring that its historical sites and beautiful landscapes are protected for future generations to enjoy. Having completed all the Munros, she has had the opportunity to see most areas in Scotland.

She is married to Bruce and currently lives in Dumbarton. Her hobbies and interests include hillwalking, skiing, cycling, travelling and gardening.

Penny Martin, Trustee

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 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.

Jill Miller

Jill Miller, Trustee

Jill has extensive public and voluntary sector experience and is specifically interested in creativity, engagement and inclusion, focusing on how we make and share individual and community stories. She is passionate about making a difference through people-centred practice and creating conditions that enable individual and community growth and wellbeing, using community assets and cultural resources.

After graduating from the Scottish College of Textiles, Jill worked as a freelance Community Artist, Facilitator and Trainer before joining Fife Council, initially as an Arts and Disability Officer in 1990 and then moving to work in Glasgow in1999. In July 2021 Jill retired from the role of Director of Cultural Services at Glasgow Life, the largest culture, sport and learning charity in the UK. She was responsible for strategic leadership and management of Art and Music, Museums and Collections, Libraries, Learning and Community Services. This included major capital developments, events and festivals, and community engagement programmes. She was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to Culture in Glasgow.

Jill is currently the Convenor of Creative Lives Scotland, Chair of the Dewar Art Awards, a Trustee of Largo Communities Together, and Vice Chair of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.

David Mitchell FCI. Hort FRGS. AAHI, Deputy Chair

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

Now serving a second term as a National Trust for Scotland Trustee, David has a breadth of charity governance experience having served as a Trustee of Scotland’s Gardens for 18 years, including 5 as Chairman between 2017–22. In addition, he also served 17 years as a Trustee of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, plus time with other organisations including The Hidden Garden Glasgow.

David is 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 currently lives in Edinburgh with his wife Catherine – his best friend and guiding light – plus their skinny whippet, Mr Lowry. In his spare time he enjoys art, antique porcelain, adding to his extensive library, plus classic music, poetry and jazz.

Stephen Mitchell, Trustee

Stephen is a global fund manager with four decades of experience in equities and fixed income markets. He is chair of the investment committee since December 2019, of which he has been a member since 2018. He worked for Robert Fleming, a Scottish merchant bank for most of his career, initially investing in Japan and Asia-Pacific markets. He then had a long stint at JPMorgan as investment strategist in asset management and their private bank.

He is a member of Westminster Almshouses investment committee and an investment expert for a number of finance start-ups.

His other charity interests include Streetinvest, helping ‘street-connected’ children in Africa, but also increasingly at home in the UK.

Stephen has a lifelong interest in Scotland, its landscape and history, undeterred by a school stay at Cultybraggan, Scotland and Britain’s last WW2 prisoner-of-war camp. The heritage of Scottish buildings and architecture are a keen interest, along with Scotland’s wildlife and wilderness renaissance. He enjoys hiking, climbing and exploring Scotland and would like to improve his winter climbing expertise.

Stephen is married to Jenny and with their children and dogs they travel extensively supporting the National Trust for Scotland and its heritage values. He would like future generations to feel we cared to protect and invest in this unique nation.

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 retired solicitor having worked in commercial real estate for more than thirty five years. Through his legal career Michael was a partner in each of McGrigors, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and TLT LLP. His work covered primarily property development over commercial, residential and renewable energy. Michael has been a member of the Trust board since September 2018.

Michael lives in Edinburgh, was brought up in Shetland and lived and worked for a spell of more than six years in Aberdeen.

His interests relate substantially to the outdoors being a keen runner, cyclist and hill walker. Michael is married to Sheena and their two adult children share their parents’ love for Scotland’s countryside and heritage.

 Ian Turnbull

Ian Turnbull

I have a passion for all aspects of Scotland’s heritage, natural, built and cultural. I am a keen hillwalker and enjoy visiting the wide range of historical properties. I wish to see a sustainable and flourishing Trust for present and future generations of all the people of Scotland.

I have strong business leadership and management experience coupled with background of a broad legal career encompassing commercial, employment, property and dispute resolution. I have substantial experience of charity governance in Scotland from sitting on three other boards.


Governance arrangements

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

Our Constitution

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Trustee elections

Any member of the National Trust for Scotland can submit an application to be a candidate for election to the Board of Trustees.