Our Trustees

We have Trustees who are appointed for two three-year terms, with further eligibility depending on the discretion of other Trustees. The policy of the Trust is to achieve a wide range of relevant experience within the Trustee body. Appointments are reviewed every three years.

The practical work of the Trust is supported and enhanced by the following sub-committees:

  • Strategy and Communications Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Finance and Audit Committee
  • Planning and Architecture Committee
  • Trustee Recruitment Committee

Find out more about our trustees below:

Sue Evans - Chair

Sue Evans has been Chair of the Trust since 2020. She is a freelance landscape practitioner with over 40 years of experience working mainly in Scotland. Sue served 8 years on the Board of Architecture & Design Scotland acting as Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee before her term came to an end in 2022. She is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute (retired), where she served as a member of the Policy and Communications Committee over many years, and an Honorary Fellow of the RIAS. She is an active member of Landscape Institute’s Scottish Branch and Vice Chair of the Landscape for Health and Wellbeing Working Group of the Scottish Landscape Alliance.

Sue spent 25 years supporting the development of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and before that the Central Scotland Forest. In 2016, she co-edited: Growing Awareness – How green consciousness can change perceptions and places, documenting five years of research undertaken by the CSGN Trust through the annual CSGN Forum. In 2008, Sue was awarded an MBE for services to Forestry. Before joining the third sector in 1993, Sue worked in private practice on a number of regeneration projects.

Yvonne Byrne

Yvonne is a commercial property lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the Scottish property market. She is currently a legal director at Turcan Connell advising on a wide range of property transactions including acquisitions, disposals, leases, property finance and corporate support work.

Ewan Cartwright

Ewan is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years experience in the Commercial Property Investment market. He is a Director of Saligo Real Estate and RDM Property Company, a niche advisory and commercial property company respectively. He is also a founding Director of iStow Storage Parks, who have shipping container storage parks at Glasgow Hillington Park, Glasgow West End and Glasgow Govan. Ewan is a former Trustee of Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

Alan Earsman

Alan is a Charted Accountant with over 30 years experience gained in the UK and internationally. The majority of Alan’s career was spent in Senior Finance roles in a number of sectors (financial services, consultancy and tourism) often with a focus on their technology and property divisions.  In recent years, his focus has changed to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), charities and other social enterprises across Scotland with their strategic and commercial planning.

Ian Leith

Ian Leith is past chairman of the Wick Heritage Society, a post he held for 5 years. Ian is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the heritage of Caithness in particular, and the North of Scotland in general. As such he sits on the Boards of the John O’Groats Development Trust and the John O’Groats Mill Trust. He is also a qualified genealogist and member of the Association of Scottish Researchers in Genealogy and Archives (ASGRA). In this respect he runs his own company, Baseline Research, with a focus on researching the history and heritage of the North of Scotland. Previously Ian has worked in the research and development of community and family capacity building tools and programmes. He is the author of three books – Caithness to Patagonia, The Man Who Went To Farr and Grannies and other Folk, and has recently contributed to a forthcoming publication from the University of Patagonia.

Thierry Lye

Thierry is a chartered architect based in Glasgow. Originally from Malaysia, Thierry graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and he has worked on many high profile projects across the UK. Since he joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2021, Thierry found his interest in architectural conservation and building retrofit. Outside work, Thierry has been actively involved in the New Glasgow Society since 2015, and recently became Chairperson of the Society. Other than leading on campaign activities within NGS, Thierry is also keen to make architecture physically and culturally accessible to all. His charity works with NGS include NGS-GIA Hustings for the Built Environment (2022), and the annual Imagine Glasgow exhibition showcases new ideas in a curated format to the public.

Euan Mackenzie

Euan is an Advocate and has almost 25 years’ experience of appearing in the courts in most areas of civil law, including public law and planning. He was a Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government between 2006 and 2016 and has acted as Inquiry Counsel in two major public inquiries. He became a King’s Counsel in 2016 and is regularly instructed in cases of high value, importance and complexity. He is passionate about good design, the need to appreciate and preserve our built and cultural heritage and the importance of supporting and empowering local community and heritage groups throughout Scotland to achieve these aims.

Jane Masters

Jane is an experienced community & heritage professional with a background in public and private museums and heritage organisations, including New Lanark World Heritage Site, National Museums Scotland, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). Her passions lie in developing engaged and resilient communities, and fostering an understanding of the importance of our heritage to the way in which we live, learn and work today. Jane is currently Business Development Manager for Healthy Valleys where she is responsible for developing the social enterprise to support the reduction of health inequalities, and the strengthening of communities in Clydesdale. Jane also sits on the Board of Lanark Community Development Trust and works extensively with partners in building sustainable communities. Jane is married with 3 young children and in her downtime, teaches ballet and choreographs for local amateur dramatic groups.

Mary Miers

Mary Miers has worked in the field of architectural heritage, conservation and journalism since she started her career as Architectural Adviser at the Victorian Society. She did freelance work for English Heritage and SAVE Britain’s Heritage while working on her first book, Scotland’s Endangered Houses, published in 1990. In 1990, she joined the Scottish Civic Trust to set up the Buildings at Risk Register, which she ran until 1999. She then joined the editorial team at Country Life, where she worked until 2020, first as Architectural Writer and then as Fine Arts and Books Editor. She is now a freelance writer/journalist and editor. In addition to campaigning to protect Scotland’s architectural heritage, Mary has researched and written numerous articles on buildings old and new, published seven books, done lectures and broadcasts and sat on the committees of various trusts and organisations (she currently does Highlands and Islands casework for the AHSS and is a Director/Trustee on the Board of the Highland Historic Buildings Trust and the Heritage BPT). She lives on the Black Isle and is president of the AHSS and an honorary fellow of the RIAS.

Gordon Murray

Professor Gordon Murray is an architect, teacher and design mentor. His work has been exhibited widely over the last twenty years at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the 2004 Venice Biennale and Royal Scottish Academy. He has previously taught at Schools of Architecture  in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Dundee and Newcastle, and was Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Strathclyde from 2007-2016. He is now Visiting Professor at Strathclyde as well as External Examiner at Liverpool John Moore’s University. He also currently assists in studio in Manchester Metropolitan University on the Continuity in Architecture Course – Adaptive Re-use. He was President of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) from 2003-5 and a Trustee of the Lighthouse from 2003-09. Gordon was also a former member of the Board of Architects Professional Examination Authority Scotland, Chair of the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture and Chair of the RIAS Doolan Prize Jury.  He is currently Chair of RIAS Services Limited. A founding principal in architectural practices gm+ad and GMA, he merged with Ryder Architecture in 2011/12 and became a Partner in that organisation as well as design champion for the global practice. He retired in 2020 and set up a research and design consultancy.

Eleanor Styles

Eleanor Styles is a heritage professional currently working as the National Strategy Coordinator for Historic Environment Scotland, supporting the implementation of the new national strategy for Scotland’s historic environment, Our Past, Our Future. With a recent background working as a Policy Advisor at both the Scottish and UK Governments, Eleanor brings a wealth of experience in shaping policies that impact the heritage and culture sector. Holding a master’s in Heritage Management, her academic foundation complements the practical expertise gained working for several years as a consultant on a variety of heritage projects across the UK. Eleanor is actively involved in the Scottish arts and culture scene, both as a Trustee for LeithLate and a core member of the team organising the Hidden Door festival.