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 was appointed Chair of the Trust in 2020. She is a freelance landscape practitioner with 39 years of experience working mainly in Scotland. Sue is also Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee of Architecture & Design Scotland. She is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute, a member of the Institute’s Policy and Communications Committee, and is 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.

Aileen Brown

Aileen Brown is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and an experienced Finance Director. She has had leadership roles in a range of sectors including financial services, mutual societies, professional services (EY), recruitment, health and international education. Roles have included a blend of commercial and governance responsibilities and Aileen has extensive experience in formal external reporting, working with audit committees, investor relations and PRA/FCA reporting and compliance. Aileen also has led risk, investor relations, company secretariat functions and has worked in corporate finance both as adviser and principal. Aileen is now migrating to a non-executive portfolio in her areas of interest and is delighted to be part of the Scottish Civic Trust.

Ann Laird

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.

Ian Leith

Ian Leith is the current chairman of the Wick Heritage Society, a post he has held for the past 4 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) and Vice Chair of the Caithness Family History Society. He is an executive member of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS)  In this respect he runs his own company, Baseline Research. 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.

John Mason

John’s original qualifications were in geography and town planning and later on also in HR and management. He had various planning roles in local and central government in England before moving to Scotland in 1990 to join the then Scottish Office and later the Scottish Government.  He held a range of senior roles in the housing, business, culture and environmental sectors as well as being Private Secretary to 2 First Ministers. Some key successes during this time was piloting Scotland’s initial climate change legislation through the Scottish Parliament, saving shipyards and steelworks from closure, and attracting numerous major events to Scotland. He was awarded the CBE in 2015 for his significant role in delivering the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Gleneagles Ryder Cup. John has held  numerous board and  non-executive roles and, since retiring in 2016, has become chair of Linlithgow Burgh Trust (which includes oversight of the Linlithgow Civic Trust) and is on the RSPB Scottish Committee.

Jane Masters

Jane is an experienced heritage professional with a background in public and private museums and heritage organisations, including NTS, RCAHMS ad NMS. Her passion lies in interpreting Scotland’s built, natural and cultural heritage for all audiences, and fostering an understanding of the importance of our heritage to the way in which we live, learn and work today. Jane is currently Head of Heritage & Development for New Lanark Trust, where she is responsible for the strategic development and interpretation of New Lanark World Heritage Site for its diverse audiences. Since starting at New Lanark, Jane has initiated and grown the New Lanark volunteer programme, to include around 40 volunteers and cover collections, events and exhibitions and learning. She sits on the Board of Lanark Community Development Trust and works extensively with partners ranging from local groups to universities, both nationally and internationally. Jane is married with 3 young children and in her downtime, teaches ballet and choreographs for local amateur dramatic groups.

Carole McAlpine-Scott

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.

Fiona Sinclair

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 Planning and Architecture Committee.

Eleanor Styles

Eleanor is a civil servant working on Tourism Policy in the Scottish Government. Her background is in the heritage and culture sector, having worked as a consultant with clients across the UK, gaining experience in developing and delivering a wide range of complex projects. Prior to this she worked as a project manager at the National Trust.

Ed Taylor

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.