Meet our trustees
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 and in this role he hopes to help develop the links between the Scottish Seabird Centre and Norway, as the Centre is currently providing advice for the proposed national Seabird Centre on Norway’s north coast, above the Arctic Circle.
Diana is the Chief Executive of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), where she has worked over 30 years, and more recently, has taken on joint responsibility for Historic Scotland. She studied archaeology at Cambridge University and has devoted her career to Scottish cultural heritage.
Diana has lectured extensively on the historic environment and is passionate about engaging public interest in understanding and enjoying Scotland’s rich heritage. She is an Honorary Fellow of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and has served on the Board of the National Trust for Scotland since 2004. She is also a trustee of the newly created Scottish Waterways Trust. The Murray family are founder members of the Seabird Centre.
Hamish is Head of the Research Office at the University of Edinburgh. Research funding is a major source of income for the University, and during 2013/14, the Research Office helped to win and secure over £300M-worth of grants from UK Research Councils, Charities, the European Commission and industry.
Hamish has been 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.
For a number of years, 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.
Raised in North Berwick, after university, Hew worked for 10 years as an economist specialising in setting up development projects first in Africa and then in the UK.
He became a strategy consultant with KPMG before spending 14 years with Scottish & Newcastle, latterly as Finance and then Marketing Director.
Now, an independent consultant/mentor/non-exec, Hew works with a portfolio of SME companies on business development and turnaround. He is a member of the Institute of Turnaround. Seeing its potential to restore the historic centre of the town, he has been actively involved with the Seabird Centre since its inception. Hew’s family have owned the Bass Rock for generations and this has led to a close partnership between the family and the Centre.
Prof John Baxter
John is Principal Advisor – 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. He has also acted as Unit Head in the organisation’s Policy and Advice Directorate, as well as its National Oil Spill Response Advisor.
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 holds honorary readership at St Andrews University among others.
John has worked in nature conservation for 38 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.
John trained as government auditor, largely working in the field of risk analysis and control measures, and providing training in this type of risk work to organisations such as diverse as Shell and EU. He subsequently worked in a range of government departments, including the British Council in India and Bulgaria, as well as working with partners in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
John has experience in working on major organisational change projects, leadership and team development to improve organisational quality and performance and embed culture change. Within East Lothian Council his Cabinet role is in Economic Development and Tourism and he also has a role in Planning and Engagement.
Lauren is the Head Teacher of North Berwick High School; she took up the post in 2013, having been Depute Head Teacher at the school for seven years. After studying English at Aberdeen University, Lauren began her teaching career in Manchester. On returning to Scotland, she was appointed as Head of English at St Margaret’s School in Edinburgh and she chaired the English Professional Development Group for the Scottish Council of Independent Schools.
Lauren is a council member of School Leaders Scotland, the professional organisation for senior managers in Scotland’s secondary schools. She is also a member of East Lothian’s Senior Management Education Board and sits on the Fitness to Teach and Registration Panels of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Outwith education, Lauren was a trustee for the National Childbirth Trust, representing the north-west of England.
Mary worked at the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington (now called The Natural History Museum) in the Echinoderm Section. She was previously a music teacher with a change of career to Natural History.
Mary lived in Oxford as wife of the Curator of the University Museum and was herself Family Services Organiser for Edinburgh District Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and won the Queen's Anniversary Challenge Award, 1992, and Whitbread Award, 1992 for pioneering Toy Libraries for handicapped children in Scotland.
Mary moved to North Berwick in 1995 and she is an active member of the RSPB, SOC (Scottish Ornithological 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.
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 the administration and voluntary work, Patricia’s interest in politics and the community was stimulated while engaged as the personal secretary of Terence Higgins MP and later Toby Jessel MP. Following a move to Scotland in 1986, Patricia was elected councillor to East Lothian Council for the Gladsmuir Ward in 1992.
She was elected to North Berwick Community Council in 1997, becoming Chairman in 2003. In her 16 years in this voluntary role, Patricia was instrumental in supporting the creation of the Seabird Centre. She lead 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 funding raising activities linked to its opening.
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.