Mr David Beal - Chair of Governors
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 two 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.
Ms Geraldine Gammell - Deputy Chair of Governors
Ms 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, and Trustee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland’s Foundation.
Mr Matthew Bartlett
Mr Bartlett is Headmaster of St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow. St Aloysius is the only Jesuit school in Scotland and educates around 1000 students between the ages of 3 and 18. The first generation of his family to attend university, he read History at Jesus College, Cambridge and then after spending time working for a major firm of accountants trained to teach at Trevelyan College, University of Durham.
His career has seen him teach in some of the leading independent and maintained schools in the UK, from Manchester Grammar School, through Head of History at Nottingham High School to Deputy Headmaster at St Bede’s College, Manchester.
His previous role was Headteacher of twice Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Dover Grammar School for Girls, one of the top state schools in England. In 2015 he was appointed a National Leader of Education by the Secretary of State for Education which he combined with being a governor at two schools in challenging circumstances.
Passionate about ensuring that every student far exceeds their potential through maximising the quality of teaching and learning, Matthew brings a broad and deep understanding of both Catholic education and the independent and maintained sector.
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 overseas. 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.
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 particular 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.
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
Ms Lancaster is a former Deputy Head: Pastoral, of St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh. In that role she was responsible for the personal and social development of the girls and was Child Protection Coordinator and more recently Named Person under the GIRFEC guidelines.
Originally from Durham, Tricia attended Aberdeen University and Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh before embarking on a teaching career. She taught in a number of schools in the state sector in the Lothian region before moving to Bath, where she taught English at the Royal School for Girls. In 1988, she returned to Edinburgh, joining the staff at St George’s. Her particular areas of interest lie in girls’ education and the importance of a positive ethos in schools.
Tricia was a member of the SCIS working group which developed personal and social education in the independent sector and she worked with HMIe on their guidelines for residential care.
She now teaches English on a part time basis and is a volunteer in the Education department at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, working with young people.
Tricia enjoys literature, the theatre and is a keen walker and gardener.
Mr Benedict Lawson
Benedict Lawson is a Governor of the Kilgraston School Trust. He joined the Board in September 2018. Benedict is currently the Chief Executive of an FCA regulated, Scottish based family office looking after the private affairs of an extended family and is also Chief Investment Officer for some institutional pension and charitable assets. Benedict has been involved in the investment industry since leaving university in 1993, spending a substantial part of his career in London before returning to Scotland with his family in 2008.
Benedict has been a trustee of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) since 2016 and has other non-executive business experience.
Benedict is married to Iona and they have three children; two girls, one who has recently graduated Kilgraston for University and the other still attending, and a son at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh.
Mrs Helen Kidd - Chair of the Compliance Committee
Helen Kidd is a Governor of the Kilgraston School Trust and joined the Board in September 2019.
Helen is an Associate in Brodies’ Personal & Family team and focuses on advising on charity and third sector legal issues. Using her private client expertise, Helen also advises on lifetime philanthropy, family succession and trusts.
Helen has also been a trustee of the national community based youth work charity, Youth Scotland, since 2017. Originally from Northern Ireland, Helen moved to Scotland in 2003 and lives with her husband in Edinburgh.
Dr Danny Carey
Dr Danny Carey became a Kilgraston Governor in October 2019. He was educated in Northern Ireland and studied Medicine in Dublin, thereafter returning to work in his home town in Northern Ireland for several years. He then moved to Scotland to complete his GP training before settling as a GP partner at the Green Practice, Whitefriars, Perth in 1993. He is a generalist with a special interest in training the next generations of doctors as well as care of the elderly and diabetes. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practice.
He is married and has three daughters, all of whom attended Kilgraston. In his spare time he likes to cycle, golf and walk in the beautiful Perthshire countryside.
Mr Giles Herdman - Chair of the Finance Committee
Giles has over 30 years experience working in finance. Most of his career was with Morgan Stanley where he had been responsible for the Japanese equity franchise in Europe. Prior to this Giles read Law at London University. Whilst based in London he was also Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland London committee for 5 years and has most recently been working on various projects for the Pilotlight charity. He lives with his wife and four children in Perthshire where he enjoys sailing, skiing and walking in the Scottish mountains.
Prof Alastair Pearce
Prof Alastair Pearce joined Kilgraston’s Board of Governors in 2020. Educated at the Royal Academy of Music as a clarinetist, he went on to study music analysis at King’s College London where he completed his BMus, MMus and PhD degrees. After being National Advisor for Computing in the Arts at Oxford University, he became Vice-Principal at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (during which time he was a fellow of the Churchill Trust) before head of the University’s Faculty of Education. Next came Principal of a London Drama College and the Chair of the UK’s association of university-level drama schools. He was now advising various government bodies on university funding for the performing arts, optimal higher education provision for the Thames Gateway Project, and Europe-wide collaboration in Higher Education. He was also a UK education representative on the Council of Europe. These roles were followed by appointment as President of Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore – an international multi-faculty College training undergraduate and postgraduate students in many arts-related disciplines.
Retirement brought him and his family to Perthshire and Kilgraston where his daughter is a pupil. He has recently completed a masters degree in creative writing and has started a specialist management consultancy advising organisations on how best to manage creative colleagues. His passions include creativity, the performing arts, access to Higher Education and fine wine.
Julie Hutton became a Kilgraston Governor in 2020. She was raised in Perth and studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, at the University of Dundee, and worked in creative industries in London and Scotland up to 2005.
She is now the Advocacy Manager of Independent Advocacy Perth & Kinross, a third sector organisation that aims to speak on behalf of people who are unable to speak for themselves, or choose not to do so. They safeguard people who are vulnerable or discriminated against or whom services find difficult to support.
Living in Perthshire, Julie’s children attended Kilgraston 2003-2017. Julie enjoys arts and culture and is a keen gardener.