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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.

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, 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.

Mr Matthew Bartlett

Mr Bartlett is Head Master 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.

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

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.

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.

Mrs Kirsty Dodson

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 also is 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 at Kilgraston and a son at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh.