Former managing director of Radio Forth in Edinburgh, ex-journalist and author, and current proprietor of a Hebridean brewery. A Trustee of the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust since 2009 and convener of the organising committee of the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships.
Edinburgh fund manager. Established East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust (ELPDT) in 2007 reconstituted as the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (SSPDT) in April 2015. He is also chairman of the Tam O’Shanter Trust (TOST), a family charity. A father of two pipers but not a piper or drummer himself.
Scottish Chartered Accountant, in private practice until his retiral earlier this year. Long-standing Trustee of SSPDT and East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust (ELPDT) which preceded it. Secretary or treasurer of a number of local organisations and charities.
Committee member of two highland games and President of North Berwick Pipe Band. He has been a piper for almost six decades, and has piped in numerous overseas countries and every town and village in East Lothian.
Helped establish and led the James Gillespie’s High School Pipe Band in Edinburgh which was only RSPBA competing band from a state secondary school in the city at the time. Began playing in Grade One at 16 and is a current member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. A student at the University of St Andrews and the Chancellor’s Piper. Tutors the City of St Andrew’s Pipe Band and the 1st St Andrews Boys Brigade.
Joined the British Army in 2008 after graduating from Edinburgh University. Served at home and abroad and most recently commanded the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in Catterick, North Yorkshire where he was responsible for the recruiting, training and professional development of the band. An enthusiastic and self-confessed amateur piper.
Head teacher at Govan High School for 20 years until May 2014. Central to the development of the Govan Schools Piping Project in partnership with the Govan Weavers’ Society and Trustee of the Govan Schools’ Piping Trust. Founding principal of Newlands Junior College where Iain has piping tuition in the curriculum.
As a piper has competed in every grade apart from Grade 4. A member of the 1st Port Glasgow BB Pipe Band and a number of other bands, finally playing in the Clan Campbell Pipes and Drums and Britoil Pipes and Drums under Pipe Major Angus Lawrie. Enjoys encouraging his son who is learning the pipes, and is a regular sponsor of the Uist and Barra Piping Competition.
Teacher for 41 years, 20 years as a head teacher of two high schools in Stirling. Throughout his 20 years as a Head Teacher, he has spoken at numerous conferences, made a TEDxTalk and published many articles on Scottish education including a Chapter in T Bryce and W Hume’s definitive book on education in Scotland ‘Scottish Education’.
Currently he works the Tapestry Partnership, is a member of the Equity and Attainment Board of a local authority and joined the Court of Queen Margaret University. He is a leading member of the Commission on School Reform (CSR) set up by the think tanks Reform Scotland and the Centre for Scottish Public Policy for whom he recently wrote blogs on school governance as well as the CSR’s ‘Challenge Paper’ on Pupil Equity Funding.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has the OBE for services to Scottish Education.
An independent business consultant working with the Country’s major financial institutions, Chairman of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, and President of the local RSPBA Branch. He began playing the pipes at the age of 12 so has been playing for over 50 years and competed for over 30. As Chairman of the RSPBA John is responsible for the five major pipe band championships each year including the World Pipe Band Championships, which sees over 200 pipe bands from across the world competing in Glasgow every August.