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. Convener of the organising committee of the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships.
Edinburgh fund manager. Established East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust in 2007 reconstituted as the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust in 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.
Works as an advisor to investment firms nationally. He lives in East Lothian, having returned to Scotland with his family after 15 years working in the City of London.
Is an accomplished piper in both pipe bands and solos. He has played with the Grade 1 Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band and with the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band of New Zealand and has won an array of top solo prizes in both Piobaireachd and Light Music. These include prizes in: the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal contests and A grade Light Music at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting; the Gillies Cup, Strachan Memorial and RG Lawrie Ram’s Head Snuff Mull at the Scottish Piping Society of London; a large number of prizes and victories around the Highland Games; and both the Dunvegan Medal and Col. Jock Clasp at Skye. In recent years has been increasingly found behind a judge’s table, primarily at schools’ competitions.
Established the James Gillespie’s High School Pipe Band in Edinburgh, the only RSPBA competing band from a state secondary school in the city at the time. Began playing in Grade 1 at 16 and former member of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. Was piper to the Chancellor of the University of St Andrews before graduating from there in 2018, and has taught in a variety of school and community settings in Edinburgh, Fife and New York, USA. Currently a bagpipe teacher in and around Edinburgh and a performing traditional musician.
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 aged 12 so has been playing for over 50 years and competed for over 30. As Chairman of the RSPBA, is responsible for the five major pipe band championships each year. This includes the World Pipe Band Championships, which sees over 200 pipe bands from across the world competing in Glasgow.
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.
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.
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.
Qualified Chartered Accountant and works as a Financial Services consultant in a leading accountancy firm in London. She has a keen interest in working to support the Financial Services sector to integrate ESG factors into their reporting, operations and strategy. She also promotes skill-based volunteering within her company, through the development of a programme to provide support to social enterprises and charities across the UK. Over the last few years, she has had some experience working at a charity who’s mission is to give young people a great start to their working lives. She is looking forward to continuing to support young people through SSPDT’s work, especially as a piper herself.