Our People

  • Ian Blackford

  • Chairman
  • Ian is Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber. Prior to his election, Ian was Managing Director of First Seer, a strategic investor relations consultancy, and a non-executive Director of Commsworld. He was formerly Managing Director of Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for their Dutch equity business.

  • Geraldine Gammell

  • Trustee & Chair of Audit Committee
  • Geraldine is a chartered accountant and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Geraldine is currently a non-executive Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and a Governor of Kilgraston School. She was formerly the Director of The Prince’s Trust in Scotland.

  • Iain Webster

  • Trustee & Chair of Working Group
  • Iain is a chartered accountant specialising in corporate finance. He advises companies on transactions, succession strategies, dispute resolution and forensic accounting. Formerly a partner in both KPMG and Johnston Carmichael, Iain also runs a general accountancy practice in the West Coast of Scotland.

  • Gareth Howlett

  • Trustee & Chair of Investment Committee
  • Gareth is an investment manager and currently sits on the Investment Committee and Asset Selection Committee of Brooks Macdonald. He was formerly Chief Investment Officer of Adam and Company and has worked with major institutional investors, private clients, trusts and charities.

  • Gordon Brough

  • Trustee & Chair of Nominations Committee
  • Gordon is qualified as a lawyer in England. He is General Counsel at Standard Life Aberdeen PLC and is responsible for the Group’s Legal and Company Secretarial function globally. Gordon has specialised in corporate law, with a particular focus on the asset management sector and the investment industry generally.

  • David Kidd

  • Trustee
  • David is a professional independent trustee who has worked for Law Debenture for the past eight years. Prior to that, he spent 25 years in the City mainly as a chief investment officer. He is a board member of Mid Wynd International Investment Trust PLC, as well as a non-executive director of Baillie Gifford Japan Trust PLC.

  • Ian Barnett

  • Trustee
  • Ian is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. Prior to his appointment as Trustee in 2015, Ian was Manager of The Golden Charter Trust. He was formerly Managing Director of Golden Charter Limited from 2003 until 2007. Ian is also a former Director of the Funeral Planning Authority and of the Funeral Planning Council.

  • Paul Stevenson

  • Trustee
  • Paul is Managing Director of Paul Stevenson Funeral Directors Ltd. and is well established in the funeral profession, having over 30 years’ experience. Paul is a member of the SAIFCharter Executive and is the Chair of the Product Development & Innovation group as well as a member of the Policing & Compliance committee. Paul is also President of Scottish SAIF.

  • Leo Gaughan

  • Company Secretary
  • Leo is a chartered accountant and is responsible for the day to day requirements of the Trust. Before joining the Trust, he worked in the finance department of Golden Charter Limited. A graduate of Glasgow University, Leo qualified as a CA with KPMG and held senior finance roles at Scottish & Newcastle plc, City Site Estates plc and Scotia Travel.

  • Alastair Muir

  • Risk & Operations Analyst
  • Alastair is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University with a degree in Risk Management. Alastair assists the Company Secretary in the day to day running of the Trust with a specific focus on implementing and maintaining risk frameworks.