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Governors' Profiles

Mr Tim Hall - Chair of Governors

Mr Hall is a Trustee and Chair of Governors of the Kilgraston School Trust. He joined the Boards at the inception of the Trust in December 1999 and was appointed as Chair of Governors in 2004. Tim is currently a partner and portfolio manager with Garraway Capital Management. During a career that spans over 30 years in asset management, Tim spent much of his professional career at Martin Currie, managing UK equities, before helping establish a global client service offering, running an institutional sales team, and finally the investment team, including its risk and trading desks.

Tim’s experience at board level is reflected in a number of non-executive roles, and the chairing of major charitable foundations, including the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. He is also an acting High Constable and Guard of Honour of Holyroodhouse.

Tim’s eldest daughter attended Kilgraston.

Mrs Geraldine Gammell - Deputy Chair of Governors

Mrs Gammell joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and is a member of the School’s Finance Committee. Geraldine is a Chartered Accountant who has held a number of Non-Executive Director posts across the public and private sector. Geraldine was the Director of The Prince’s Trust in Scotland from 2006-2011.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Golden Charter Trust, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s Ethics Committee and a mentor with the Kilfinan Group.

She is also chairing Maggie’s Widen the Welcome Campaign aimed at increasing Maggie’s (cancer caring charity) reach and resource in Scotland.

Mr Richard Taylor - Chair of the Finance Committee

Mr Taylor joined the Board of Governors in 2004 and was elected Chair of the Finance Committee in 2007. In this role Richard advises and supports the school’s strategic development group. He has 30 years’ experience in equity and investment management. Richard’s younger daughter attended Kilgraston.

Mr David Beal

Mr Beal is Group Managing Director and sole shareholder of The Beal Group Ltd. The group consists of a collection of companies that manufacture and service primarily textile items across 2 UK manufacturing sites for Oil and Gas, Defence and Construction industries.

In his past career, David has been Export Sales Director, Business Development Director & Managing Director for a vertically integrated UK textiles company.

Mr Beal has two daughters who attend Kilgraston.

Mrs Emma Carnegie-Brown

Mrs Carnegie-Brown joined the Board of Governors in 2016. Mrs Carnegie-Brown was educated at Queen Margaret’s, York after which she read Law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She qualified as a Solicitor in London and then spent many years living in Asia, moving to Perthshire in 2010.

She is a trustee of the Aysgarth School Foundation and a governor at Queen Margaret’s, where she served as chairman from 2011-2016.

Her hobbies include classical music and ballet, bridge and exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside.

Mr Anthony Cross

Mr Cross joined the Board in 2011. Anthony graduated from Exeter University in 1990 with a degree in Politics and joined Schroders as a graduate trainee. He became part of the UK smaller companies team in 1994 and then joined Liontrust in 1997, to launch his own smaller companies fund. In 2005, Anthony launched the UK Special Situations Fund. This fund invests right across the UK market. Aside from Fund Management, Anthony is a Director of a family farming company and when time allows enjoys skiing, fishing, shooting and politics.

Anthony has two daughters both of whom are pupils at Kilgraston.

Dr Judy Hickson

Dr Hickson joined the Board in 2012. She graduated in Medicine from Edinburgh University and has worked in Edinburgh, India, Kenya and The Solomon Islands. After completing her Post graduate training in General Practice she worked in Kenya for 18 years where she started a multi disciplinary G.P. Clinic and worked for the United Nations Medical Service at U.N. Headquarters in Nairobi and also provided medical services for the  BBC, MSF, Save The Children, British Army, British, Canadian and Australian High Commissions. She returned to Scotland and is now a Partner in a G.P practice in a high deprivation area of Edinburgh dealing with patients many of whom have addiction and mental health problems. Judy feels strongly about women’s education and health.

Mr Graeme Knox

Mr Knox has over 30 years’ experience in the banking sector as Area Manager covering 22 branches and 220 staff. Graeme was responsible for managing all risk issues and legal compliance across his area. The latter 10 years of his career focused on Performance Management and Coaching to ensure a robust succession planning for the bank.

Mr Knox has a daughter who attends Kilgraston.

Mrs Jane Mackie

Mrs Mackie joined the Board of Governors 2013. Jane has worked with a variety of businesses and charities throughout the years, with her current role being a part of the Development team for the University of Aberdeen’s College of Life Science and Medicine. In her spare time, she volunteers for Children 1st and is on the Board of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Previous to her move to Scotland in 2008, Jane worked with Investec Plc in London, to design their social investment programme; and worked with the publishing company Financial News, as a consultant for fundraising events.

Post an MBA, Jane was a strategic planner in advertising for ten years, She was a Planning Director for CDP Travis Sully, and Account Planner for DMB&B Financial before going independent as a Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant.

Mr Christian Melville

Mr Melville joined the Board of Governors in 2015 and is Chair of the School’s Compliance Committee. Christian is a Partner with Thorntons in Edinburgh, and specialises in tax and succession planning, capital tax mitigation, trust law, charity law, and asset protection.

Professionally, Christian is a Writer to the Signet, a Notary Public, and a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He was formerly a member of the Investor Protection Committee of the Law Society of Scotland. He continues to speak frequently on legal issues at specialist conferences, and regularly contributes articles to professional journals.

Christian is a current UK Director and Charity Trustee of Combat Stress. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Regimental Trust, and a member of the Regimental Council.

Amongst his interests Christian includes music, mountains, and motorcycle touring.

Mr Nigel Rickard

Mr Rickard joined the Board of Governors in 2009. Nigel has spent his working life in education teaching in three countries. He was a Housemaster and latterly Senior Deputy Head at Merchiston until his retirement in 2012. He is now a self-employed trainer and assessor of staff working in pastoral care in schools with residential pupils throughout east central Scotland. Nigel is also an active member of the Children’s Panel in Midlothian. Nigel is a member of the School’s Compliance Committee.

In his spare time he fishes, reading and takes an interest in most team sports.

Ms Emma Weir

Ms Weir joined the Board of Governors in 2006. Emma was a pupil at Kilgraston from 1970 – 1977.  She began her career in the City in 1978 working within investment banking and financial advertising before becoming an Executive Search Consultant in 1985.  She worked for Stephens Associates for ten years and opened their offices in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo during that time.  In 1995 she established her own Search Firm, Eban International in Hong Kong which specialised within the investment world with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, New York and London.  She continues to work on a selective number of global retained Search Assignments, is a Director of Taylor Bennett Holdings and has involvement with several charities.

Emma also owns Arisaig House near Fort William which used to be a Relais & Chateaux hotel which she runs as a Bed and Breakfast and it is rented out on an exclusive use basis.  She divides her time between Arisaig and Gloucestershire.