Our ambassadors play a vital role in helping to promote our philanthropic work.

Hamish Buchan Buchan Hamish

Hamish has served as a Trustee of Foundation Scotland with a remit to sit on the Finance committee. He then
became Chair of the Finance committee where he served for seven years. 

Hamish has also served as a Trustee on the Board of UKCF for six years.

He has worked in the investment trust sector since 1969 and headed the award-winning Wood Mackenzie Ltd. He was for many years Head of NatWest Securities. He is a past Chairman of the Association of Investment Companies.

He also holds Trust Directorships with Templeton Emerging Markets and The Scottish Investment Trust.

Hamish joined the Personal Assets Trust Board as a non-executive Director in 2001 and became Chairman in 2009.


Russell Napier
Russell Napier

Russell Napier has been providing asset allocation advice to institutional investors for twenty years and has just
launched a new business – ERIC - where investment advice from numerous providers is available for sale

Russell began his investment career in 1989 as an investment manager at Baillie Gifford in Edinburgh managing funds in the Japanese then the US and finally the Asian markets. Moving to Foreign & Colonial Emerging Markets in London he was responsible for managing Asian portfolios.

 Since 1999, apart from fulfilling the consultancy role with CLSA, Russell has created a new course in investment called ‘A Practical History of Financial Markets’ (,) which forms part of the MBA programme at the Edinburgh Business School. Russell is managing director of the Didasko Education Company, the charitable organisation which owns and operates the course. Surplus funds are donated to a charity which educates Scottish six formers on basic personal finance.

 In 2000 Russell, in conjunction with CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, formed a charity in memory of his late wife Karen, to provide scholarships for students taking the MSc in Investment Analysis at The University of Stirling. In 2011, he also launched a scholarship programme at Queen’s University Belfast to cover the fees for two students to study for the MSc in Nursing.

 He is a director of the Scottish Investment Trust and the Mid Wynd International Trust

 In 2014 Russell established The Library of Mistakes in Edinburgh. The Library is a charitable venture and a first class financial history resource for anyone wishing to learn the lessons of the past as a guide to our financial future. He is the Keeper of The Library of Mistakes.



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