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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.

Bob Benson, TrusteeBob Benson

Bob has extensive experience within local authority, public and third sector bodies and organisations.

He was recently appointed for a four year term as a Board member of the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service charged with streamlining all current services into one body and the creation of its first strategy.

He stood down in September from the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Scotland and Disability Committees after serving two terms.

He is currently serving a second term as a member of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) sponsored by Transport Scotland and advises Scottish Ministers on the transport and mobility needs of disabled people.

He was previously first Scotland Director of the Disability Rights Commission and had prior to this served as the Scottish representative on the UK Disability Rights Task Force which advised on the terms of reference and legislative framework for that Commission. Previously appointed as a member of the Disability Employment Advisory Committee(DEAC), which reported to the UK Minister for Disability. He was also Executive Director for Community Development in England and Wales with Scope, and Director, Disability Scotland.

He has been a trustee with the Foundation for four years and currently is Chair of their Innovation and Impact Committee.

Gillian Donald, TrusteeGillan Donald

Gillian is a partner in Scott-Moncrieff Chartered Accountants and heads up its charity team specialising in a wide range of governance and business support for charities. She is a non-executive director of several other Scottish charities.



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.

Ella Simpson, TrusteeElla 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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