There are currently six Trustees, namely:
George Stevenson (Preses)
Born 1949 in Edinburgh and studied at University of Oxford (BA in Geology) and University College London (Msc in Marine Geophysics). Left career as Marine Geophysicist with BP in 1979 to join wife’s family bakery and restaurant business (Mathiesons) in Falkirk; Became Managing Director in 1982. Over 30 years grew the business from 8 shops and 2 restaurants to 35 shops and 10 mall cafes spread across Scotland, wholesale supply contracts with Marks and Spencer, Asda, Spar etc. And employing over 500 people, all supplied from a new bakery in Larbert. During that time Mathiesons won 3 national training awards and were named UK Independent Bakery of the Year in 1995; Became non-executive chairman in 2008. The business was sold in 2010.George is currently employed as a family business consultant and Chairman of Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce. George was Justice of the Peace for 10 years serving as a judge in the District Court and has served on many local committees (often as Chairman) including Falkirk Town Centre Management, Falkirk for Business and Falkirk College to name but a few.
Shaun was born in London in 1945 and spent his early life in Northern Ireland. Part of his schooling was in Dublin and he attended Queen’s University in Belfast where he graduated in civil engineering. He began his career working with consulting engineers firstly in Newcastle and then for several years in London. He had a short break from conventional employment working as a sailing instructor for an outward bound school in Wales. In the mid-70s he worked in Peterhead and then moved south to join Balfour Beatty in Edinburgh, where he remained until retirement. Most of his subsequent career was in the management of projects mostly in Central Scotland but with a short period in Holland. For the last ten years of his working life he had a corporate role in his company’s head office in Edinburgh until his retirement in 2011. Since his retirement he has been involved with several charities, principally his professional body but also with the Art fund and the organisation of the Scottish series of yacht races on the west coast. Shaun is married to Jane and they live in Stirling. They have three grown up children living in various parts of Europe.
She has worked in Mental Health Services in the NHS and latterly, before retirement, was manager of the local mental health charity Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health. She has been a Regional Councillor and was Convenor of Central Regional Council for 6 years. Currently she is also Treasurer of Falkirk District Credit Union.
Alice C. Dunphy:
She was headteacher of St. Mungo’s PS in Alloa for over 20 years. Her work there involved working closely with a number of statutory agencies e.g. Social Work Services, Child Care Services, Child Protection, Health Services, Child &Adolescent Mental Health Services, The Reporter to the Children’s Panel, and Educational Services such as Additional Support Needs and Psychological Services. She has also worked closely with voluntary agencies e.g. Open Secret, Women’s Aid, The Round Table, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She volunteers with Rocktalk TN, the talking newspaper for the blind; for Volunteering Matters, is on the committee of SDFAS, Stirling Decorative and Fine Arts Society and is currently running the Young Arts project in local primary schools.
John Gold (Treasurer)
John was born in 1974 and studied at Aberdeen University (BLE Hons). John is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He is a director with Campbell Dallas in Stirling and has been with the firm since 2005. John trained with Reeves & Neylan in Perth before moving to Deloitte in 2000 to focus on advising owner managed businesses on tax issues. John’s current role is focusing on the delivery of compliance and tax planning strategies for a general practice portfolio of clients. John is a member and past chairman of Falkirk Round Table.
Ellen was born in Clydebank. She studied at Strathclyde and Stirling Universities. In 1966 she moved to Stirling and worked in Stirling Burgh and then Stirling County She managed the Educational Resource Service in Central Region. She has chaired the Management Board of Open Secret, a charity that supports survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She volunteers with Stirling Freegle, an online reuse service and with Leukaemia Care a charity that supports people who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer. She is a reader with Rocktalk. For 8 years she was a member of the Visiting Committee at HMP Cornton Vale. This was a statutory body whose role was to independently monitor the treatment of prisoners and the management of the prison. Thus she had contact with local authority social work and housing departments, and with a number of charities that supported women including Women’s Aid, Families Outside, SACRO, APEX, Routes out of Prison.
Preses of the Society
2003 N. H. Cooke
2004 N. H. Cooke
2005 J.A.M. Cuthbert
2006 Mrs Margaret Lang
2007 Mrs Sheila Anderson
2008/09 I. W. Kilpatrick
2010/11 D. R. Reid-Kay
2012/13 Dr Alison Jack
2014/16 Mrs Sarah Chester MBE
2016 George Stevenson