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Meet the Trustee Board and Staff Team at the Museum

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Trustee Board
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TRUSTEE BOARD

Col. Charles Sloan OBE

Chairman

A native of Keith and a graduate of Aberdeen University, Charlie was commissioned into The Gordon Highlanders in 1976.  He served in a variety of theatres at different levels in command and on the staff.  He has been Chair of Museums Galleries Scotland and the Association of Scottish Military Museums.

Pat Machray OBE CA

Vice Chairman 

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Alan Sinclair CA

Treasurer

Born in Aberdeen, Alan is also a graduate of Aberdeen University. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with a local firm and has worked in private practice throughout his career. For the last 19 years he was a specialist agriculture partner and latterly a consultant with Johnston Carmichael. In addition he has many years experience of charity accounting.

Allan G. Porter FRICS

 

Born in Aberdeen , Allan is a graduate of RGIT. He became a founder partner of McCue & Porter, Chartered Quantity Surveyors, in 1981 and is now a consultant with the practise and has dealt mostly with large commercial projects throughout the North East. He has been involved at the museum for over 20 years.

 

Malcolm Rust

 

Malcolm hails from Aberdeen, an Ancient History and Law graduate, and now heads up the Charities Team at Shepherd+ Wedderburn where he’s been a partner for 19 years having started his training with the firm in the early ‘90s. He is an accredited specialist in Charity Law by the Law Society of Scotland. His link with the Regiment is through his late father, James Rust, who was in the 4th/7th Battalion (TA).

Lt. Col. Derek Napier

 

Derek was commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders in 1964. Apart from four years in the Australian Army, he served as a Gordon until 1993, seeing active service in the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Vietnam and Northern Ireland. He was Chief Executive of the Association for International Cancer Research, 1993–2007.

Maj. Malcolm Ross

 

After 20 years Regular service in the Gordon Highlander’s, Malcolm came back to Aberdeenshire to farm at Belhelvie, near Ellon. He has worked in the Museum since 1996, first as an employee, then as a volunteer, setting up the Museum’s research department in 2004
Joe Mackie OBE, KStJ, FCILT

 

Born and bred in Aberdeen, Joe left school at 15 to work at Aberdeen Corporation Transport (ACT). Promotion followed leading to appointment as Commercial Manager of the then Grampian Regional Transport, which grew into First Group.  Joe retired from First Aberdeen in 2015 as Commercial Director.  Joe has supported and been involved with the museum since the Save the Gordon Highlanders campaign. He is also involved with a number of local and national charities and was made an OBE in 2019 in recognition of services to the community in Scotland.

Simon Blake

 

An Aberdeen University Law graduate he served as a Platoon Commander in The Gordon Highlanders and then 2/51 Highland from 1979-84 when he joined Grampian Police. He retired as a Chief Superintendent and is currently the Honorary Colonel of 2 Highlanders ACF.
David C. Tait FCCA

 

A native of Aberdeen, David trained as an accountant in Aberdeen eventually qualifying as a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Before retiring in 2016, he spent over 31 years in various foreign locations predominantly in the Far East and Middle East working for international offshore drilling organisations and specialising in international finance and offshore taxes.

Mike Macaulay

 

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Maj. Grenville Irvine Fortescue DL

Regimental Secretary

Grenville hails from Maryculter, Kincardineshire, where his family has lived since 1535. Commissioned in 1974. Served 20 years as a Gordon Highlander, 12 years as a Highlander and 4 years with The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Assumed appointment of Regimental Secretary in 2010. Married with 4 grown up children and now lives at the bottom of The Cabrach’

MUSEUM STAFF

John McLeish

Chief Executive

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Ruth Cox

Curator

Ruth has had a long-standing association with The Gordon Highlanders Museum which began when she worked in the Tearoom on a Saturday while at school. She is a graduate of The University of Glasgow and also attained a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Aberdeen. She had previously volunteered and worked in a variety of Libraries and Museums in Aberdeen and Glasgow while carrying out her studies.
Ian Pithie

Head of Business Development

A Graduate of Robert Gordons University, Ian has worked extensively in Hotel Management throughout Great Britain. He is a well-known face in Aberdeen having run his own successful business in the west end of the city. He has recently spent time in Catering and Events Management and Business Development in the Oil and Gas Industry. Ian has a passion for the Gordon Highlanders passed down through family generations.

Morag Mitchell

Museum Administrator

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James Kennedy

Head of Commercial Operations

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Darren Sharp

Museum Support Assistant

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Lewis Gibbon

Learning Officer

Lewis initially joined the museum as a volunteer in 2008 with the guiding and education teams before taking on the Role of Learning Officer. His family have strong connections to the Regiment on both sides, with his great-grandfather serving in World War One and both grandfathers in World War Two. As a First World War Living Historian, Lewis has talked extensively throughout Europe at conferences, museums and schools. Lewis also built his own portable 35-foot replica World War One trench based on trenches designed in 1917.
Gillian Wilkie

Accounts Supervisor

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Magdalena Czarnecka

Cook/Baker

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TBC

Tea Room Supervisor

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