The Board sets the overall vision and governance framework for the Foundation. Each Trustee is selected for their expertise and influence. All members are volunteers serving three-year periods, up to a maximum of nine years.

Tom Ward, Foundation Scotland Chair


Tom has spent the main part of his business career with Scottish & Newcastle plc, with various roles including finance, brewing and corporate strategy. He now has a number of non-executive appointments in both business and the voluntary sectors.

He has been involved with several charities and voluntary organisations throughout his career. Whilst a manager at Price Waterhouse, he was seconded as a volunteer through VSO to work in Papua New Guinea, on business development; he has been the chairman of a mountain rescue team; on the governing body of a university; and now works with Pilotlight, a charity which puts business and professional staff into contact with charities that are looking for support with their own strategic plans.

Tom joined the Foundation Scotland board in December 2010.

Toby Anstruther, Trustee

Toby Anstruther lives on Balcaskie Estate in the East Neuk of Fife with his wife, Kate, and their Toby Anstruther 1
family. They moved to Fife from London in 2008. Together with other members of the East Neuk
Estates group, they set up a Foundation Scotland fund, The East Neuk Community Awards Fund, in

Toby's background is in property and, more particularly, in the activities that this property hosts.
In London this has included the formation of the Brompton Design District, the pedestrianisation of
Exhibition Road and, most recently, a project to give a new home to art and design galleries priced
out of central London.

In Fife this approach has led to the creation of Food from Fife, the inception of the East Neuk
Community Action Plan and the development of a number of workshop and production spaces in
otherwise-redundant farm steadings.

The three themes of food, design and community continue to be at the heart of life for Toby.

Ian Marr, Trustee


Ian has spent 30 years in the Voluntary Sector in Scotland. Initially working in the Church of Scotland he has been with YMCA since 1995. He was involved in establishing the YMCA in Perth before moving to YMCA Scotland where he had a national remit. Since 2013 Ian has been the Chief Executive of Aberdeen YMCA. He has been closely involved in the development of Social Impact Investment Scotland having recently developed the Social Impact Investment Partnership model as template for organisations across the Voluntary Sector.

Jimmy McCulloch, Trustee

Jimmy is chairman of the only remaining independent firm of stockbrokers in Scotland, Speirs & Jeffrey Ltd.

He is aJamesmcculloch -335x 222 graduate of Stirling University, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute. He is a board member of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers & Stockbrokers.

He has been a Governor of Glasgow Academy and Trustee of several charitable trusts over the years.

Aside from work and family, his spare time is spent vainly pursuing competence on the golf course, ski slopes and tennis courts.


John Naylor OBE, Trustee

John Naylor

John has a wealth of experience from 30 years involvement in the Scottish charity sector. John has been at the forefront of changes to policy and regulation in Scotland's third sector. In 2000, he was a member of the Commission to Review Charity Law in Scotland, which resulted in the establishment of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), an organisation of which John became the first Chair in 2006. OSCR is now the  governing body for 23,000 Scottish charities.

John recently retired from the posts of chair of OSCR and chair of the UK Scout Development Grants Board. He's also held UK Board and other positions with the Big Lottery Fund and was chief executive of the Carnegie 
UK Trust from 1992 - 2003. He is currently President of YMCA Scotland; Chair of Strange Town, a Leith-based youth theatre company; Treasurer of the Tomorrow Project; Trustee of Medical Research Scotland; and a co-opted member of National Trust for Scotland Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Samantha Fiander, Trustee

Samantha’s extensive communications experience in the public sector and with not-for-profit organisations has been focused on issues of social justice, public health, and for charitable causes.  She has worked for senior figures including Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Executives, Chief Professional Officers, and Chairs of Commissions, in a career spanning government, the NHS, charities, and Clarence House. Samantha is the Communications and Engagement Lead at CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, and was a member of the National Deaf Children Society's (NDCS) Country Advisory Committee in Scotland. 

Barry Sillers, Trustee

Barry’s career is best described as the development and delivery of strategic change. The early part of his careerBarry Sillars1 was an officer in the Royal Navy, which ranged from operational action in the NATO led campaign in the Former Yugoslavia conflict, through the “cold war” leading submarine operations in support of the UK strategic deterrent and intelligence gathering prgrogrammes to later specialising in the insertion and recovery of special forces.

In 2006, Barry joined NATO in a senior post with responsibility for the combat readiness of the NATO Response Force. He was awarded the NATO Meritorious Service medal by the Secretary General for his outstanding contribution to NATO and subsequently retired in 2008.

Since retiring from the armed forces in 2008, Barry has been part of the senior team in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. As the Head of Acute Planning he has been responsible for the Board’s hospital change programmes, which have included the opening of the new Stobhill and Victoria Ambulatory Care Hospitals and in 2015, the opening of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which stands as the largest in Europe.

Always moving on, Barry is now the lead for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board’s Transformational Strategy for Health and Social Care which is charged with developing future integrated services beyond 2025.

Barry joined the Board in June 2017 after a period of mentoring the CEO in the art of change management.

Ella Simpson, Trustee

Ella Sompson

Ella is the Director at Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council and has over 30 years experience working in the voluntary sector. She has provided support and care to children, young people, and people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities. She has managed and lead organisations working in the adult care and homeless sectors.

Ella also has a long history of volunteering and is currently a director of Wicked World Tours a very small charity which assists disabled people to travel. She is a director of STAND International a charity which enables Scottish people who have experienced homelessness to volunteer with organisations in Eastern Europe.


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