he Scottish Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees is made up of well-respected individuals. All members are volunteers serving a maximum of six years. They are appointed for their diverse range of views and knowledge. The Board governs the Foundation, establishes policy, sets priorities and makes final grant decisions.

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Anne Boyd
Board of Trustees

Anne has many years experience in the voluntary sector including working as Director of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service for Scotland. She is also a trustee of other national charities: The Atlantic Salmon Trust, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Fund. Having been a transatlantic fellow in the US, Anne is an enthusiastic promoter of the Community Foundation model of philanthropy and is Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation Network, the umbrella body for the movement in the UK.

She also has a passion for opera, entertaining and reading.

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Hamish Buchan
Finance and General Purposes Committee

Hamish is Chair of the SCF Finance & General Purposes Committee, having been a trustee since 2002. He spent most of his career as an investment trust analyst with Wood Mackenzie & Co and its successor owners in Edinburgh. In 1999 he decided to broaden his horizons and has developed a portfolio of company directorships, charitable trusteeships and educational support.

He is on the Board of five investment trusts, with a wide range of investment mandates and is currently Chairman of the Association of Investment Companies.

He has been a Trustee of the Stewart Ivory Foundation, focusing on financial education in Scotland. He was also a governor of Dollar Academy and a director of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools, stepping down from both organisations in 2004.

He is married with four stepchildren and keeps busy with his nine grandchildren! His other interests are golf, curling, travel and antiques.

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Helen Mackie
Grants Committee
Helen is Chair of the SCF Grants Committee and chair of the Voluntary Assessors' Panel. She is a specialist in all aspects of communication and personal development. Formerly she was Scottish Training Manager for WRVS, responsible for organising training for volunteers and paid staff. Later Helen was Business Manager at Hedgefield Management Centre, running tailored training and consultancy services.

Helen is now self-employed in providing support and advice to businesses throughout the Highlands and Islands. She is also involved in a number of bodies whose focus is community development, including past Chair of the HIE funded Women @ Work project, and a member of Highland Children's Panel. She is also an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Based in Inverness, she is married to Ken and has two adult sons. Her leisure interests revolve round the theatre, classical music, dance and hill walking.

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Robert Anderson

Bobby has developed the World Exchange programme over the past 20 years. Through World Exchange he has achieved an international volunteer and exchange programme of the Scottish churches and international agencies, partnering with organisations across North and central Africa, South and Central America and Asia.

He is also co-founder of St Colm’s International House in Edinburgh, delivering English language and training courses for community leaders from partner churches and agencies. St Colm’s is also a supportive residence for international students and a meeting place for Scottish civil society.

In addition to being a trustee of the Scottish Community Foundation and a member of its Development Committee he is a former board member of NIDOS, the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland, and a member of the cross-party parliamentary group on International Development of the Scottish Parliament. He squeezes these commitments in to his schedule of father of three, and official duties as a minister of the Church of Scotland.

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John Dunsmore

John is currently Managing Director of Scottish & Newcastle UK, following a remarkable career in both the brewing trade and investment business. He was lead research analyst in Guinness’s takeover of Distillers Co., and also Grand Met’s takeover of Pillsbury.

Switching career paths briefly he became Head of UK Equities at Deutsche Bank, aged 34. John became a main Board Member of a FTSE 100 company at aged 43, turning it around from a position of major profit shortfall to a £180m profit subsidiary.

Five children occupy his time outside of work!

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Beth Edberg

Beth is an educational consultant who started her career as an art teacher over 20 years ago, going on to create some of the first commercial online ‘edutainment’ products. Since arriving in Scotland in 1999 Beth has worked with companies, schools and individuals to help them develop a more positive, confident mind-set. Beth’s passion is to help parents and young children grow in their self confidence, which she does by speaking, writing, publishing and teaching. Beth is the Chair of the Women's Fund for Scotland Advisory Group.

Beth holds dual British and US citizenship. She enjoys travelling around Scotland, especially the western isles, but particularly enjoys Edinburgh during all the summer festivals.

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Alan Harden

Alan became Chief Executive of the Alliance Trusts in January 2004. He was previously with Citigroup Asset Management in Japan, where he was Managing Director and Head of the Asia Pacific Region between 2000 and 2003, and he has a wealth of experience with companies like Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC.

Alan holds dual British and US nationality. He is married with one son and lists his leisure interests as golf, skiing, triathlon and other endurance sports as well as collecting antiquarian golf books.

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Colin Liddell

Colin is the third generation in his family solicitors' firm, J. & H. Mitchell W.S. of Pitlochry. He is a graduate of Oxford and Edinburgh Universities and an accredited specialist in Charity Law. Chairman of Pitlochry Area Initiative and Trustee of a number of other charities, including Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Colin is fully involved in the charity sector.  His book ‘Pitlochry: Heritage of a Highland District’ (1993) is now out of print and he is working on a third edition. 

He enjoys ski-ing, sailing and walking the hills and his voice can be heard commentating at Pitlochry Highland Games.”

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Emily Stair

Emily Stair (nee Stonor) is a co-founder of the Beacon Fellowship Charitable Trust. She was the Chief Executive of Beacon until June 2006, when she became a Trustee. Established in 2002 to recognise individuals who make exceptional contributions to charity, it was described by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown MP, as the 'Nobel Prize of the Charity Sector'.

Emily first become involved with philanthropy and the voluntary sector in 1997 when she worked as a consultant to a number of charitable initiatives, including Pilotlight and the Institute of Philanthropy, where she researched and investigated barriers to and opportunities for giving in the UK, and was a Council Member.  

Previously she worked as Head of Marketing and Communications for the Science Museum and for eight years at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. Emily is married and lives in South West Scotland.  She is a Trustee of the Scottish Community Foundation and the Wigtown Book Festival, and is the Patron of Home-Start Wigtownshire.

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