David Black (Chair)
David is an IT professional and freelance broadcaster who has lived and worked in Stirling since 1989. His passion and dedication to Stirling’s heritage is demonstrated by his involvement in a number of local groups including Go Forth Stirling (Business Improvement District) and Stirling District Tourism Limited (which operates the National Wallace Monument). David was a member of the Mercat Cross and City Centre Community Council for 19 years, including 17 years as Chairman. David is a long standing member of the SCHT Board, joining in 2007 and elected as Chairman in 2013. David brings enthusiasm and a steady leadership and knowledge of local charities and partnership working to the Trust.
Councillor Jim Thomson (Vice Chair)
Jim is a retired civil engineer with over 30 years involvement in the construction industry. Jim brings to the Board experience in the design and construction of major civil engineering projects and project management. He has also had responsibility in the capital procurement and project delivery of water and sewerage projects. Jim has been an elected Councillor for the Stirling North ward for over 10 years which includes Stirling City Centre within its boundaries. He is locally born and has a strong passion for the history and architecture of Stirling, taking a very keen interest in the preservation of the City’s past for future generations. Jim is one of SCHT’s longest serving Trustees, having been appointed to the Board in 2012 and is currently our Vice Chairman.
Mary Taylor (Company Secretary)
Mary first moved into the housing sector in the 1970s through a traineeship with SSHA. She taught at the University of Stirling, where she also completed a PhD in the politics of housing. Mary has spent her working life in the housing system as practitioner, manager, teacher, researcher and, latterly, as a leading representative of housing associations. A Fellow of RICS and CIH, she has trained many people in housing studies and managing housing services. Mary lives in a listed building in Stirling, previously restored with the help of a grant from the Trust. She joined the SCHT Board in 2011 to bring a consumer perspective to the decision making process. With a prestigious professional background in housing, Mary also brings a practical and business understanding of issues surrounding the maintenance, repair and conservation of historic buildings. Previously on the Mercat Cross and City Centre Community Council, she remains keen to preserve both the heritage and the quality of life in Stirling City Centre.
Fionna joined the Board in December 2019. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing and stakeholder management, acquired through more than 30 years of experience with BT. More recently, she has joined Shelter to work as a Housing Adviser, following voluntary roles with Shelter and Stirling Citizen Advice Bureau.
Fionna believes strongly that preserving our historical heritage and maintaining our traditional buildings are critical elements in creating an attractive environment, supporting the local economy and ensuring a feeling of well-being in the people who live and work in Stirling. Her marketing skills will help the Trust to connect and communicate with the public and other important stakeholders, raising awareness of the important work that it is doing.
Andy is a Chartered Valuation Surveyor with over 30 years post-qualification experience. He has, most recently, run the local office of a Scotland-wide firm of residential and commercial surveyors. In addition to these skills, Andy brings his enthusiasm for and involvement in many local groups to the SCHT Board. He is a member of the Stirling Local History Society and, through this involvement, has co-written a published leaflet on the local architect John Allan, conducted walking tours on the architecture of Stirling and spoken at many local events. Andy is Deacon of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Stirling – one of the seven Incorporated Trades in the City, and is also a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Carse of Stirling and a member of the Guildry of Stirling. All of these organisations promote local traditions and Andy has taken a key role in the revival of the Walking of the Marches in Stirling. Andy has been a Trustee since 2013. His skills and passion for local history and Stirling’s built heritage make him a valued Trustee.
Jim joined the Board in 2014. Jim is a retired HR consultant with many years of experience of working both in private practice and the public sector. He brings skills which assist in the governance and management of the Trust.
Michael graduated in 2009 and became a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2013. He was born and raised in Stirling and currently lives here. He works for a firm of commercial property consultants in Glasgow acting as Lead Designer and Contract Administrator for conservation and restoration works to a variety of listed buildings across the country. Michael is currently studying for a Masters in Conservation (Technology and Management) at Heriot-Watt University.
Councillor Danny Gibson
represents the Stirling North ward and joined the Board of Trustees in December 2017.