St. Margaret’s Trust is co-ordinated by a Board of trustees and supported by two part time admin staff and an extensive team of volunteers from the community.
The Trustees are:
Brian Wood - Chair/Secretary
Part-time resident of Braemar, associated with the village for over fifty years – former secondary Headteacher, Deputy Convenor of the Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Justice of the Peace and Honorary Sheriff for Grampian, Highland and Islands, currently Director of the Cairngorms Trust– brings enthusiasm, commitment and leadership to the Project.
Dave Chandler - Treasurer
Resident of Braemar – former chartered accountant with Deloitte – currently Finance Director with Braemar Community Ltd, Treasurer of Braemar Parish Church and Director of Braemar Community Hydro ltd .Brings to the Project a sound knowledge and understanding of financial matters and an enthusiasm for the development of Braemar as a tourism destination.
The Rev Kenneth MacKenzieMinister to the Parish of Braemar and Crathie and Domestic Chaplain to HM The Queen in Scotland, Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Deputy Lord Lieutenant – brings to the Project a thorough knowledge and enthusiasm for the history and heritage of the development of the Church in Scotland in its various forms – also brings access to various valuable networks of potential support for the Project.
General Manager of The Fife Arms in Braemar, a luxury Hotel which opened late 2018 and in its first year of opening has been awarded the Sunday Times Hotel of the Year. Federica first came to Aberdeenshire with her husband in 1997, looking for an adventure after graduating from university in Northern Italy. She started her hospitality career at the famous Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street in Edinburgh. After gaining further experience in renowned five-star hotels in both Scotland and Italy, Federica moved to Cornwall to manage Hotel Tresanton, one of the first hotels in the UK where the design moved away from the classic hotel look. Federica has been a resident of Braemar since 2015.
Fiona Kennedy OBE
Fiona Kennedy is a singer, songwriter, producer and broadcaster, who brings a wide range of expertise to the project, through her career in music, theatre and entertainment. Not least, she has a love of beautiful and historic buildings including St Margarets, with its rich history and marvellous acoustic. She has for many years led major fundraising initiatives for a number of charities and works with business leaders and influencers to create opportunities for many deserving causes.
Recently retired Artistic Director of Aberdeen Arts Centre – largely responsible, over many years, for the development of the Aberdeen Arts Centre as a respected centre for excellence for community theatre – hugely experienced and knowledgeable of the world of community theatre – brings to St. Margaret's an in-depth understanding and appreciation of what is involved in the running of a performance and exhibition venue and the challenges to be faced in financing and sustaining such a project.
Former BBC TV reporter now working with STV – skillful camera operator and video editor has produced video records of many events at St Margaret’s and has also worked in promoting the work of Braemar Castle and of the Braemar Royal Highland Society – brings to the Project an understanding of the media and valuable access to a range of performers.
Colin M Hunter
OBEColin retired after 33 years in practice as a GP in Skene, Aberdeenshire in June 2018. He and his wife, Fiona, have had a house in Braemar since 2005 and have been supporters of St Margaret's since it moved to be an arts venue. They are now permanent residents in the village. Colin has considerable charity Trustee experience. He is Chair of the Board of Governors at Robert Gordon University, Vice Chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability and a Trustee of Drinkaware. Colin was also Chair of Trustees for the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2012 to 2018.