Chair: Marjorie Hume. Marjorie has a background in public service, with a diverse portfolio of skills. Latterly, she specialised in policy development and strategic management in local government. She has a substantial history of work at board level in the charity sector and currently chairs the board of the Volunteer Centre Borders. She has served as a Trustee for Gunsgreen for a while, is working voluntarily on the archives at Paxton House and is something of an expert on Scottish Country Dancing.
Vice Chair and Hon Treasurer: Brian Payne A former regular army officer, Brian retrained as a Barrister and now prosecutes in the criminal courts across the North East. He also has a pro-bono practice in assisting small charities with governance and policy development. Now living locally and with strong Eyemouth connections, he joined the board some years ago. He finds it ironic that he works to preserve the heritage left by John Nisbet, a noted criminal.
Trustee: Professor Emeritus Leslie Mitchell. Les brings immeasurably valuable expertise to the board. He had a distinguished career in academia in Edinburgh specialising in Design, and has also brought to Gunsgreen his practical knowledge developed over many years in his own interior design business. His advisory roles have included international briefs from the European Universities Association, and he has a track record as a specialist advisor to the Arts Council on Scotland. He currently holds senior positions in the Saltire Society.
Trustee: Ronald Morrison Having trained in Edinburgh as a lawyer, Ronald had a successful career in the law and in commerce before moving to the Borders. He has involved himself in local history and preservation charities, and has held senior positions on the boards of a number of them. Having published two books on aspects of local history, Duns-based Ronald has recently been one of the driving forces behind the celebration of the 750th Anniversary of the birth of the celebrated philosopher-theologian John Duns Scotus.
Trustee: Tim Morris Tim is a retired stipendiary priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church and now lives in Berwickshire. Having worked as a Chartered Surveyor in Edinburgh, he was ordained in 1976 and served in churches in Edinburgh, Ayrshire, the Borders and Canada. For nine years he worked as Dean of the Edinburgh diocese in the care and management of over 50 Episcopal churches. He joined the board at Gunsgreen in 2013, and like others on the Board often acts as a guide in the house.
Trustee: Allan Swan, Architect to the House. No one man knows more about the bricks, mortar and timbers of Gunsgreen than Allan. Partner in the Eyemouth practice of Bain Swan LLP, Alan has shouldered the task of professional advice for and supervision of the restoration of Gunsgreen. He has a distinguished portfolio of work across his career, but is too bashful to want to list the extent of his undoubted expertise. Perpetually in demand, Allan somehow manages to give the board invaluable time and advice.
Trustee: Gwyneth Radcliffe Gwyneth has a strong background in education in Scotland. After academic study in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a preliminary career as a specialist librarian, she taught English to the Scottish pupils of the Royal High School in Edinburgh. Gwyneth brings an enthusiasm for gardening and interior design to the board, as well as practical experience in managing short term letting properties. She has experience in the vagaries of the restoration and ownership of listed buildings.
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