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We have several open session dates during the October holidays.

9th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 18th and 20th October

Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Booking is essential. Please email

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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 David Beal - Chair of the Finance Committee

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.

Mr Michael Dickson

Mike joined the Board in January 2017. He was born in Edinburgh and has real international experience as he has lived most of his life living overseas as a child and an adult. Educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh and Worcester College of Higher Education. He has schooled or resided in Africa – Nigeria and Kenya; Europe – Finland and Belgium and in the Far East – Malaysia. He has a very good knowledge of Boarding and Day Schools as he either attended, has taught in them or has recommended independent schools for parents wishing a UK school for more than thirty years.

As an educationalist, he has over thirty years of senior management as he is a former Head and Deputy of The Banda School, he taught also at Hillcrest Prep in Nairobi incorporating over twenty-one years in Kenya and was instrumental in setting up the IAPS Kenya District of the ten renowned prep schools there. As a historian and a PE teacher, he taught also at Clifton Hall Prep and was Deputy Head and Housemaster at Loretto Nippers in Edinburgh. In July 2016, he returned to the UK and joined RSAcademics in January 2017 following a three-year contract at The Regent School in Abuja, one of the largest Primary Schools in Nigeria.

His interests revolve around sport in particularly golf. He was Captain and twice Club Champion of Karen Country Club in Nairobi and is a member of Luffness New and Gullane Golf Clubs, Scotland. In addition, he is a member of the Muthaiga Country Club, the Kenya Golfing Society and the Rugby Patrons’ Club. Other interests include wildlife and fishing.

Mike lives in Gullane, East Lothian and remains passionate about overseas schooling as he remains an Education advisor to The Board of The Banda School in Nairobi.

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.

Ms Tricia Lancaster

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 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.

A son of Perthshire, Christian was schooled at Ardvreck and Glenalmond. Following graduation from the University of Dundee Christian attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Christian’s military service took him to, amongst others, Germany, Denmark, Cyprus, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait.

On leaving the Army, Christian completed his legal studies at the University of Edinburgh. A traineeship followed with Brodies LLP where he was assumed as a Partner in 2003.

Previously a nominated Foreign and Commonwealth Office secondee to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (“OSCE”), Christian holds corporate directorships both north and south of the Border. More specifically, 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.

Beyond being a Governor, Christian chairs the school’s Compliance Committee.

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

Mrs Lesley Stein

Mrs Stein is a former pupil of Kilgraston, and sent her two daughters to the school. She was treasurer of the Kilgraston Association for many years, overseeing many important changes at the time.

Professionally, Lesley is a retired tutor in modern languages – French, German and Spanish – and has currently a strong interest in Mandarin and Russian being taught in schools.

Lesley was brought up in Perth. After schooling at Kilgraston she went to Edinburgh University to read modern languages. This was followed by a short career in London working for Rediffusion as a public relations officer.

Lesley spent most of her married life in Stirling where she brought up a family of five. During that time, she became involved in charity work, often raising significant sums for a number of charities: for example, Save the Children, Strathcarron Hospice, near Stirling and Scotland’s Gardens’ Scheme.

Lesley is very interested in the young and, when she lived in Stirling, she and her husband John ran an open house for many young people from all parts of Europe and the rest of the world, and are still in contact with a great many of them. For the last two years, Lesley has been living in Hampshire where she is well placed to help the next generation of children. She has 8 grandchildren, ranging from 21 to newborn.

Beyond being a Governor, Lesley is a trustee on the Kilgraston Educational Foundation.

Mr Richard Taylor

Mr Taylor joined the Board of Governors in 2004 and was Chair of the Finance Committee from 2007 until 2017. 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.