We have ten Trustees at present, 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.
Find out more about our trustees below:
Colin McLean - Chair
Colin McLean was appointed Chair of the Trust in 2016. His qualifications are in architectural history, business studies and town planning, and his career includes positions in planning, museums and, for 16 years, as Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland. He is a freelance photographer, concentrating on historic buildings and places, and his photography has been recognised with a distinction from the Royal Photographic Society. His work has appeared in the media, in publications and has been exhibited in Dundee Contemporary Arts, the Royal Scottish Academy and Edinburgh City Art Centre.
John Mark Di Ciacca
John Mark is a Chartered Surveyor and has worked in both the private and public sectors. He has conceived and delivered several award winning projects ranging from long term gap sites through to large scale master planning and regeneration projects. He has held many executive and non-executive directorships, playing a leading role in their governance. Over recent years he has been invited to be an External Examiner for Edinburgh Napier University, a national judge for the British Council for Offices Awards and also the Saltire Housing Awards. He is presently a Community Representative for the Forth Bridge World Heritage Management Group. Always keen to give something back, John Mark regularly provides pro bono advice to third sector organisations, social enterprises and charities assisting them with their property needs and strategic direction.
Mark is a Chartered Surveyor by profession. In 1979 he joined the Edinburgh law firm of Brodies WS to found their property department. He stayed there for 17 years, building the practice and providing professional advice to many leading Scottish estates. In 1999 he came to Craigengillan Estate in Ayrshire, an estate 10 miles from Dumfries House and with many similarities. He restored the derelict house and its designed landscape and converted the farm to organic status. Craigengillan Estate has listed buildings and is in a Designed Landscape, rated by Historic Environment Scotland as being within the top 4 in Scotland. The Estate has won various awards, including Best Restoration of a Georgian Landscape from the Georgian Society. His experience has shown how exciting it is to work with a local community with so strong a spirit as those of the former coalfield. Combining that spirit and talent with a living work of art such as Craigengillan has helped deliver a new future. Mark has won various awards including the Country Life ‘Country Person of the Year’ and Silver Lapwing ‘Sharing the Environment with People’. In addition to SCT, Mark is a trustee of the UNESCO Biosphere Board and the Scottish Forestry Trust. Mark was appointed OBE in 2019.
Ann Laird has a strong community background. In 1997, she published “Hyndland”, a local history, and helped found the Friends of Glasgow West (FGW). Then as chairman of a large West End community council from 2008-2018, she was a representative on Glasgow’s North West Sector Community Planning Partnership for six years. As chair of FGW, Ann has since 2000, curated Glasgow University’s West End Lectures and the West End Festival’s Guided Walks and Talks, engaging 1000 people annually. Education is a clear interest: her professional career started in teaching chemistry, moving later to Principal Teacher of Computing. With a longstanding commitment to planning, conservation areas and listed buildings, Ann was invited to join Glasgow Urban Design Panel (GUDP) in 2010. She helped start Glasgow Civic Forum for amenity groups, and was honoured as a Scottish Civic Trust “Civic Champion” in 2015. In 2018, Ann helped create a new role for Glasgow Civic Forum, within GUDP’s core governance group. Ann is currently chair of the Scottish Civic Trust’s Technical Committee.
Carole is a solicitor who has specialised throughout her career in private client work. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and acts as advisor to a wide range of individuals, trusts, charities and family businesses. She has significant experience in asset protection and guiding clients through the complexities of tax planning. Her astute approach is evidenced by the specialist advice she provides to a wide range of solicitors, financial advisors and accountants throughout Scotland. She is a frequent lecturer on inheritance tax planning and provides expert opinions on Trusts, estates and contentious matters to other firms of solicitors. Carole administers a large number of Trusts and acts in their creation, as advisor overseeing their day to day activities, as Trustee for management purposes and in their winding up.
Heather worked for twenty years in economic development, most of it with Scottish Enterprise, in roles involving business development, strategy and innovation. Over the years, she became particularly interested in understanding the conditions that enable people and places to remain open to learning and change. In 2006, she left Scottish Enterprise and secured funding to set up a new social enterprise. The aim was to support organisations and communities to engage directly with young people in managing change together, work that often involved creating new agendas for community assets and facilities. In 2015, Heather re-located to the Highlands to concentrate on the tourism businesses she runs with her husband and to design and build a new sustainable home. Her passion, these days, lies in trying to ensure that sustainable nature-friendly practices are at the heart of business, community and her own life.
Fiona Sinclair is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, a conservation-accredited architect at advanced level, and sometime author and historian. She has twice been elected President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and has been a member of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland. She is the author of Scotstyle – 150 Years of Scottish Architecture; co-editor of its successor publication Scotstyle 2016; co-author of the RIAS Architectural Guide to North Clyde Estuary, and the Penguin Buildings of Scotland volumes Argyll and Bute and Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. Fiona serves on the Kilallan Kirk Preservation Trust and as a Director of the Formakin Estate Garden Company. She has worked on the care and repair of a range of historic buildings, including scheduled ancient monuments, churches, country houses, estate cottages, tenements, designed landscapes, two synagogues, four fountains, a railway works, medieval town house and a malt whisky distillery. She is passionate about traditional building materials and the teaching of craft skills, and frequently collaborates with design-led architectural practices who do not have conservation accreditation in-house. Fiona prepared the Conservation Maintenance Plan for the Scottish Civic Trust’s headquarters at the Tobacco Merchant’s House, and sits on the Technical Committee.
A Trustee since 2014, Peter Smaill is a Law graduate of Edinburgh University with qualifications in acountancy and business management. Following a career in private equity, he was elected a Councillor for Midlothian East in 2017 and Provost of Midlothian in 2018. He takes a special interest in conservation areas, and lives at Borthwick in Midlothian. For many years a member of the Victorian Society, he has also participated in civic groups in Inveresk, East Lothian and as a Trustee at nearby mediaeval Crichton Church. Special interests include the Scottish architects Ninian Comper and Campbell Douglas. As part of his musical interests he is a Trustee of Bach Network UK and of the Handel Institute, researching Scottish connections to the Handel world. He chairs the Audit Committee of SCT and has acted as a judge in the My Place competition. He is married with three daughters.
Ed established Taylor Architecture & Urbanism in 2015, a niche practice based in Edinburgh, which specialises in masterplans that are rooted in place and shaped through community involvement. Previously he was with The Prince’s Foundation for ten years as their representative at Poundbury and in Scotland. He has been involved with exemplar projects for the Duchy of Cornwall, regeneration in Ayrshire in association with Dumfries House, and was responsible for introducing Enquiry by Design into Scotland in 2006, a process that received recognition from the Scottish Government as a model of community engagement. Ed also helped to implement the Foundation’s Building Craft Apprentices programme. In earlier architectural practice Ed has worked for Page \ Park Architects in Glasgow and Adam Architecture in London where he gained broad experience from conservation to sensitive new build, masterplans and design codes. As a student at the Mackintosh School, Ed received a number of awards including the RIBA President’s dissertation prize, and a competition to design Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s grave monument. Ed has been a Trustee of the Botanic Cottage Trust, a committee member of the Franco British Union of Architects and a committee member of the Alexander “Greek” Thomson Society.