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 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.
Mary’s professional background is in the housing sector, initially through a traineeship with SSHA. She has spent her working life in the housing system as practitioner, manager, teacher and researcher at the University of Stirling. She retired in 2017 from a position leading representation of housing associations. A Fellow of CIH, she has trained and advised many people in housing and managing housing services, which 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.
Brian A Park
Brian joined the Board in December 2020 with a background of 35 years as a joint founder, partner and director of a well-known architectural practice. His primary interest since student days has been conservation and over the years he was responsible for major repair and conservation projects including The Hill House, Rosslyn Chapel, Glasgow School of Art, St Andrews Metropolitan Cathedral and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Brian was a founding trustee of Glasgow City Heritage Trust and chaired its Grants Committee for several years. He has lived in and around Stirling for the past 40 years and has recently worked in a voluntary capacity with a number of local organisations including The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum and The Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital. He remains a voluntary trustee of his former practice (now an Employee Owned Business) overseeing its ethos and culture with no ongoing financial relationship to the business.
The geographic area covered by Stirling City Heritage Trust includes a huge range of both historically and architecturally important buildings and monuments but also the more ’ordinary’ buildings which comprise our built environment and which should be the ongoing focus of maintenance, repair and conservation. Brian looks forward to working with the Trust in continuing to provide support and advice across all categories of buildings which constitute our heritage.
Tracy is a Landscape Designer who has lived and worked in Stirling since 2003. While serving on the Mercat Cross and City City Centre Community Council, Tracy spearheaded a number of local projects, such as the Gowan Hill Heritage Trail.
Tracy became familiar with the Trust’s work as a member of the Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme. As well as having a keen interest in design and architecture, Tracy is able to bring to the Board her practical experiences of living in a city centre tenement with shared property ownership.
Jim is a Chartered Surveyor with a Law Degree and has lived in Stirling for over 30 years. He is now retired from commercial life but previously ran varied property portfolios for breweries, banks and transportation companies across Scotland. Towards the end of his career, he spent a few years in the USA as VP Real Estate and Environment with over 3,000 locations across North America and Mexico.
He was a Board Member of the Macrobert Arts Centre prior to its assimilation into the University. With a keen interest in the historic heritage of Stirling, Jim understands the part the preservation and protection of our traditional buildings play in securing an appealing environment for residents and visitors alike.
Jim joined the Board in December 2020. His knowledge of the structures and their place in the domestic and commercial life of the city will support the Trust and help to deliver the contribution it makes to the well-being of the population as a whole.
Councillor Danny Gibson
Danny has been a Councillor since 2012 and has represented Stirling North Ward since 2017. He joined the Board in December 2017.
He serves as Depute Leader of Stirling Council, Vice Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Vice Convenor of the Planning and Regulation Panel and Chair of the District of Stirling Licensing Board. He is also a Stirling Council nominated board member to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park as well as Active Stirling and Stirling Community Enterprise (Raploch Urban Regeneration Company).
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.
Michael graduated in 'Building Surveying' BSc (Hons) in 2009 and successfully passed his professional assessment to become a Chartered Building Surveyor (MRICS) in 2013. He works for a firm of commercial property consultants in Glasgow where he acts as Lead Designer and Contract Administrator for conservation and restoration works to a variety of listed buildings across the UK. He is currently studying towards a Master’s Degree in 'Building Conservation (Technology & Management)' at Heriot-Watt University
Michael was born and raised in Stirling and lives with his wife and his foster daughter in a Victorian Grade B listed building within the Kings Park area. He is a keen marathon runner and sits as Secretary of Central Athletic Club, one of the largest athletics clubs in Scotland.
He joined the SCHT Board in 2015 and is keen to utilise his professional expertise to safeguard the rich cultural heritage which Stirling enjoys for the next generation. A member of our Traditional Buildings Health Check Steering Group, Michael is an enthusiastic and committed Trustee who brings sound professional experience to the Board.