Meet our trustees
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall management and governance of the charity. It sets the strategic direction of the organisation and monitors performance (including financial) and the level of exposure to risk of its activities.
Trustees have a wide range of skills and experience required for the various areas in which the charity operates. They are recruited against a matrix of skills, knowledge and experience which is regularly reviewed. All trustees are interviewed and approved by the Board.
The Trustees of the Scottish Seabird Centre are all unpaid volunteers and include residents of North Berwick and East Lothian.
To support Scotland's Year of Young People we were looking for a young person to join our Board. We are delighted to have appointed two exceptional individuals, Erin and Philip. Read on for their profiles.
David Windmill, Chair
David was appointed as Chairman in July 2012.
David brings a wealth of experience to the Scottish Seabird Centre as previous roles include Chief Executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (2002 to 2011) and Managing Director of Marine Harvest Chile and Scotland (1994 to 2001).
As Chief Executive of RZSS he significantly developed the wildlife conservation, education and research work of the Society. David is currently the Honorary Consul General for Norway in Scotland.
Dr Bill Sanderson
Bill is an Associate Professor, Institute of Life and Earth Science, at Heriot-Watt University. Over 17 years working in government agencies as a marine ecologist and monitoring specialist, his strategic marine research has concentrated on species and habitats of high nature conservation importance such as biogenic reefs, lagoons and habitats that support higher predators.
He has led government applied science and monitoring projects and programmes at the forefront of UK marine conservation implementation and Marine Protected Area development (totalling about £4m). Bill has authored more than 50 reports, papers and a book.
Within the MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science Technology for Scotland) programme, he will continue to develop the research and indicator needs of current legislative drivers such as the Marine Bill and Marine Strategy Framework Directive, concentrating on the ecology and societal importance of priority habitats and species. Bill has served on other UK government monitoring groups such as the Interagency Marine Monitoring Group and the UK Technical Advisory Group.
Chris is a semi-retired lawyer who was previously a partner in 2 major Scottish law firms specialising in construction contracts and major projects. He has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a construction specialist. He is now involved in a number of different fields including advising a business start-up, a Council Member of Mortonhall Golf Club and a Vestry Member at Christ Church, Morningside.
Chris has been a supporter of the Seabird Centre for many years and is particularly keen on wildlife photography.
Diana has worked in the cultural and historic environment sector for over 40 years and was the Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and also joint CEO of Historic Scotland until October 2015. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and an Honorary Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh; a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a fellow of the Scottish Royal Geographical Society and a member if the Institute of Directors. She was for many years a non-executive director of the National Trust for Scotland and is currently the Chair of Arts and Business Scotland, as well as serving as a trustee of a number of other Scottish charities.
The Murray family are founder members of the Seabird Centre and residents of East Lothian.
Hamish is a Research Management and Funding Consultant, working with universities and other institutions across the UK on matters of research strategy, performance and funding. He was previously Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Research Support Office, which helped to secure over £300M-worth of grants per annum from UK Research Councils, Charities, the European Commission and industry.
Hamish is a Director of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA), a membership association established to provide learning and development opportunities for those in the research services profession.
Hamish was with the University of Edinburgh for a number of years in a variety of roles but prior to this had a varied career in retail, marketing and event management, with particular experience of the charity and third sectors.
Hamish was a member of the Council, Executive, and Audit and Investment Committees of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, and therefore has experience of some of the governance and operational challenges facing the charity sector.
A member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Hamish is an enthusiastic amateur gardener, with a particular interest in garden history, country house gardens and designed landscapes.
Hamish is Chair of the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Trading Company and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Prof John Baxter
North Berwick resident, John, is Principal Adviser – Marine at Scottish Natural Heritage, where he is responsible for the coordination of the SNH marine research, survey and monitoring work, providing quality assurance of all research outputs, as well as its National Oil Spill Response Advisor. His recent focus has been on the impacts of climate change on the marine environment and the potential of ‘blue carbon’.
John represents SNH on a number of high level inter-agency and inter-governmental steering groups at both the Scottish and UK-levels including the Special Committee on Seals (SCOS), and the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group. John is Chief Editor (Marine and Coastal) of the international journal ‘Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems’ publishing 6 issues per year. He has published many tens of papers and edited a range of scientific reports and holds honorary professorships at the University of St Andrew’s University and Heriot Watt University. John is also marine adviser to the IUCN marine and polar programme and is a member of the World Commission on protected Areas.
John has worked in nature conservation for over 40 years. From 1974, he was with the RSPB where he became head of their nature reserves in Scotland. From 1995, he was Programme Manager with the Millennium Forest for Scotland Trust, a lottery funded initiative supporting projects throughout Scotland to restore native woodlands for their conservation and community benefits and following that he was Chairman of Borders Forest Trust.
He coordinates and leads the SOS Puffin project which takes out volunteers to the islands to control the invasive plant tree mallow. John has lived in North Berwick for over thirty years.
Juliana has been at the forefront of the visitor attraction industry for the last 32 years. She was a founding member of Continuum Attractions under its first brand – Heritage Projects Ltd and was at the fore of the marketing and operating of the Jorvik Viking Centre during its early success (achieving over 900,000 visits per annum).
Juliana went on to be involved in the development, marketing and operation of a multitude of visitor attraction projects from The Albert Dock, through to stately homes such as Castle Howard and HLF projects such as LIFE in Newcastle. She was instrumental in bringing all of Continuum’s attractions to commercial success; including the Emirates’ Cable Car crossing in London and the Emirates’ Spinnaker Tower, The Real Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, York’s Chocolate Story, Oxford’s Story attraction and Castle Unlocked, The Canterbury Tales and most recently Coronation Street The Tour and the two Emmerdale experiences.
Juliana supports a talented commercial team of 400 across the UK all passionate about delivering unforgettable experiences for all their visitors. She believes in the philosophy of upside down management of staff being the most important in the business.
Katie was elected as a Councillor for Musselburgh in May 2017. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Katie has lived in Musselburgh for the past 13 years.
In addition to her role as a councillor, Katie is also Head of Office for Jeremy Balfour MSP who was elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2016, representing the Lothian Region.
Prior to working for Jeremy, Katie held a number of corporate affairs positions, latterly working as the External Corporate Affairs Manager (UK and Ireland) for global brewer, Molson Coors.
Mary Tebble BEM
Mary worked at the British Museum (now the Natural History Museum) in the Echinoderm Section. From 1969 to 1984, Mary's husband, a marine biologist, was the Director of the Royal Scottish Museum (now known as the National Museum of Scotland). He had been a pilot in World War 2, and founded the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune. Mary was involved in starting children's clubs at both these museums.
Mary moved to North Berwick in 1995 and she is an active member of the RSPB, SOC (Scottish Ornithologists Club), BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles), BSS (Botanical Society of Scotland), WFS (Wildflower Society), SWT and Butterfly Conservation. Mary was the Chair of the Scottish Seabird Centre volunteers from 2002 to 2009. Mary won the Queen's Anniversary Challenge Award, 1992, and Whitbread Award, 1992 for pioneering Toy Libraries for children with additional needs in Scotland.
Mike is a Conservation Officer with the RSPB, covering the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh and the Lothians. Mike has a BSc (Hons) in biology from the University of Stirling, an MSc in ornithology from the University of Cape Town and a PGCE from Moray House.
He spent his early years in Dirleton before moving to Cape Town where he lived for over a decade. On returning to Scotland, he taught before taking up his post with the RSPB.
Much of his present job involves assessing development proposals, particularly windfarms. He works closely with other NGOs, consultants, planning departments, and Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure that potentially damaging impacts of development on birds and other wildlife and their habitats are avoided. He is also involved with conservation advocacy and advice, species monitoring and protection.
Mike is an honorary conservation officer of the Government of Tristan da Cunha. In 1996 he was awarded the Marloth Gold Medal of the South African Botanical Society for his contribution to the conservation of the unique and endangered Cape flora. His book, The Smallest Kingdom, was a recent finalist in the ‘Inspirational Book of the Year’ category of the Garden Media Guild Awards.
Following an early career in administration and voluntary work, Patricia’s interest in politics and the community was stimulated while engaged as the personal Secretary to Terence Higgins, MP and later Toby Jessel, MP. Following a move to Scotland in 1986, Patricia worked for East Lothian Conservative Association qualifying as their Agent. In 1992 Patricia was elected Councillor to East Lothian Council representing the Gladsmuir Ward.
She was elected to North Berwick Community Council in 1997, becoming Chairman in 2003. In her 16 years in this voluntary role, Pat was instrumental in supporting the creation of the Scottish Seabird Centre. She led the Community Council in promoting the concept of the Centre to revitalise and regenerate the economy of the town, and spearheaded the organisation of a number of events and fundraising activities linked to its opening. Patricia also led a community campaign to reopen North Berwick Museum which was closed by East Lothian Council in 2002. The museum, now the Coastal Communities Museum, reopened in 2013 as a Trust in partnership with East Lothian Council. Patricia is a Trustee of the museum.
Dr Stephen Breslin
Dr Stephen Breslin is Chief Executive Officer of Glasgow Science Centre and is committed to stimulating peoples’ interest in science and helping them to discover the pleasure and relevance in science, engineering and technology. The Science Centre is a five star attraction and plays a pivotal role in Scotland’s science infrastructure; Stephen is dedicated in driving it forward to become a key player in inspiring the scientists and engineers of tomorrow through hands-on engagement.
Previously, Stephen was Chief Executive Officer of Futurelab Education and Chief Executive Officer with The Kelvin Institute Ltd, a joint venture between the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and Scottish Enterprise. Stephen has been a professional within the science and engineering industry for over 20 years, starting his career as an engineering consultant seconded to the Royal Navy at Clyde Submarine base, Faslane.
Appointed as a Trustee for Scotland's Year of Young People 2018, Erin McFadden grew up in the East Lothian town of Dunbar, where her inspiration to explore and study the underwater world was first inspired.Following her undergraduate studies in Marine Biology at the University of St Andrews, Erin went on to become the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society’s 2011 European Rolex Scholar. A defining moment in her career, the scholarship furthered her options within the professional diving industry, and allowed Erin to appreciate the work of divers, scientists and explorers on a global scale.
Erin has spent the majority of the past few years working at sea, working in every ocean and diving in some of the World’s coldest and most remote seas on board expedition vessels in the Arctic and Antarctic.
In 2017 Erin returned home to Scotland to embark on an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies at the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to her studies, Erin continues to take short work contracts and is a member of the RNLI Crew in North Berwick.
Appointed as a Trustee for Scotland's Year of Young People 2018, Philip is Head of Policy and Operations at Open Seas, an organisation working to improve the sustainability of our seafood and health of our seas. He is a passionate and committed environmentalist and has been at it since his teens. He brings experience specifically relevant to marine and seabird conservation, having worked for several years at RSPB Scotland leading seabird conservation work, including projects like the Shiant Isles Recovery and BirdLife International, working to identify and protect some of the world's most important patches of sea and on reducing Albatross bycatch in the world's tuna fisheries.
Philip's real passion lies in engaging people with the natural world, and thinking about the future of our environment.