The current Board are looking to augment their skills and expertise and would be happy to consider applications from potential new trustees. Details of the role can be accessed here – Trustee Role. If you feel this is something you may be interested in, please contact Linda the Trust Assessor in the first instance via email.
Trustee Role Description
- To contribute knowledge and experience to the deliberations of the Trust, in some or all of the following areas: –
– investment and financial management
– commercial management and business skills
– knowledge of the voluntary sector and grant-making
– knowledge of grant-making areas in which the Trust is involved e.g. employment, employment training, supported employment, youth training, secondary/further education
– government policy, including local government
- To participate in meetings of the Trustees which are normally held 4 times a year (3 grant-making meetings) during the working day in Glasgow and to participate in other meetings as required.
- To abide by the majority decisions of the Trustees acting as a body.
- To bring to the attention of the Trustees any conflict of interest which might affect the Trust’s decisions, including financial or other interests in commercial or voluntary organisations, membership of other boards or committees, or employment.
- Should the Trustee so wish, to represent the Trust in attending events, visiting projects and speaking about the work of the Trust.
- To maintain discretion about any discussion among the Trustees which relates to the work of the Trust or to outside bodies, whether financial, commercial or voluntary.
- To respond within a reasonable time to any communication from other Trustees, from the secretariat (at Harper Macleod) or from the assessor, which indicates that a response is expected, and to let the secretariat know if a lengthy absence, or period of time out of normal communication, is envisaged (e.g. more than 3 weeks)
- To have and to maintain access, under normal circumstances, to the internet and to email communication.
- To do all other things expected of a Trustee of a charitable trust and to comply with all legislation and guidance issued by OSCR relating to the conduct of charitable trustees and charities.
Our current Trustees –
Robert Kerr is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years all-round business experience, previously Managing Partner and Chairman of one of Scotland’s largest independent accountancy firms, he now runs his own consultancy business. He was approved as a Responsible Individual by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the qualification to act as a registered auditor. Robert was awarded the Accountant of the Year at the Scottish Business Insider awards in 2013, an award he held for two years. He also acts as a non-Executive Director to several private companies and has recently completed his three-year tenure as a Board Director of Glasgow Credit Union, the largest credit union in the UK.
John Ramsay was born in Dundee and spent his early years in Edinburgh, attending George Watson’s College. He commenced as an indentured trainee accountant in November 1972 with Kirk & Johnston CA, Glasgow. Training included a year spent at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1977 and became a partner in Kirk & Johnston later that year. When the firm merged with French & Cowan CA, Glasgow, he remained as a partner with them until 1989.
He was offered the position of Company Secretary within Mr. Bairdwatson’s engineering Group in August 1989. The Group manufactured ‘breaker steels’ which were used within hydraulic hammers and were marketed throughout the world. The Group also offered expertise in Heat Treatment to numerous concerns in the UK. John has maintained a connection within the Scout Association, firstly as a youth member and then as an adult volunteer since 1975, in various positions within two Scout Groups, helping with the members aged 7 to 25 and undertaking adult support and training within the Association. He is also a Duke of Edinburgh Award leader.
Jacqueline Leslie is a partner in Harper Macleod LLP. As one of the directors of Nominations (Glasgow) Limited, she represents that body on the board of the Trust. Jacqueline attended the University of Aberdeen where she graduated LLB (Hons). She specialises in Wills, Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning, Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates. She is a Notary Public and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Jacqueline is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Trust Law and is a member of the panel which considers applications for accreditation. Jacqueline is married with two children and in her spare time enjoys cooking and travelling.