Board of Trustees & Finance Committee
Secretary to the Trustees
Sister Mary Pierre Wilson RSM
T: 0131 623 8905
For Deed of Declaration of Trust Purposes (1934) click here
“Charity Trustees are the people in overall control and management of a charity…they are responsible for the charity's governance and strategy, and for making sure that the charity is administered effectively. They must account for its activities and outcomes,”
- The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
"The Archdiocesan Finance Committee advises the Archbishop on good financial governance. As of 1 July 2019, the Trustees are all, and the only, members of the Finance Committee, which fulfils requirements of both canon and civil law."
The Very Reverend Patrick Canon Boylan
Canon Patrick Boylan is the parish priest of St Alexander’s in Denny and St Luke’s in Banknock, both in Stirlingshire. He is also chaplain to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.
A native of Broxburn in West Lothian, Canon Boylan trained for the priesthood at St Andrew’s College, Drygrange, Roxburghshire, and was ordained by Cardinal Gordon Gray in 1977. In 1984, Canon Boylan was awarded a Licence in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome before going on to teach sacred scripture over a span of 25 years at St Andrew’s College; Gillis College in Edinburgh; and Scotus College in East Dunbartonshire. In his spare time, he likes listening to classical music and is fond of amphibians.
Mrs Mary Buchan
Mary Buchan brings considerable experience in governance, finance and technology to the Board of Trustees.
A graduate of Heriot-Watt University in Accountancy and Computer Science, she went on to have a 28-year-career with the Royal Bank of Scotland where she rose from the rank of graduate recruit in the technology department to the level of senior management before moving on from RBS in 2009. Since then she has devoted her time to her extended family and also to parish life in Edinburgh where she lives with her husband and two teenage children.
The Right Reverend Monsignor Patrick Burke VG
Monsignor Patrick Burke is the Administrator of St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Edinburgh and Vicar General of the Archdiocese. A graduate of St Andrews University, he studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome and was ordained in 1991.
He has since served in parishes in West Lothian, Fife, Stirlingshire, and Edinburgh. Monsignor Burke worked in the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2005 to 2013. He has a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology.
The Right Reverend Monsignor Allan Canon Chambers VG
Monsignor Allan Chambers is the parish priest of St Mary’s & St Columba’s in Bathgate and Vicar General of the Archdiocese. Educated at St Andrew’s College, Drygrange, Roxburghshire, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1980.
He has since served in parishes in Edinburgh, Midlothian, and West Lothian and was a prison chaplain for 16 years. During his time in West Lothian, Monsignor Chambers has chaired the local Children’s Panel and served as a Justice of the Peace. He is also a qualified Scottish Football Association referee.
The Most Reverend Leo Cushley
The Most Reverend Leo Cushley is the Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Born in Lanarkshire, he studied for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeenshire and the Pontifical Scots College in Rome.
He was ordained for the Diocese of Motherwell in 1985. In 1994 he was recruited by the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See, going on to serve in Egypt, Burundi, Southern Africa, Portugal and the United Nations in New York. From 2009 until 2013, he was head of the English-language section of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State in Rome before being appointed as Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh by His Holiness Pope Francis in 2013.
The Right Honourable Lord Drummond Young
James Edward Drummond Young QC is one of Scotland’s most senior judges. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Harvard University and the University of Edinburgh, he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1976.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. A Judge of the Supreme Courts since 2001, he was appointed to the Inner House in 2013. He was also Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission 2007-12. Lord Drummond Young is married with one daughter and lives in Edinburgh.
Mrs Zelia Hope
Zelia Hope is a senior finance manager with West Lothian Council. A graduate of Edinburgh University, her three decades in accountancy and finance have equipped her with extensive experience of financial strategy and resource management.
In addition, Zelia has as a deep knowledge of charitable bodies and trusts regulated by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Zelia is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy. She lives in Livingston with her husband and two children.
Mr Nick Ruck Keene
Nick Ruck Keene worked for nearly 30 years with the Crown Estate, the public body which administers estates owned by HM The Queen, in both London and Edinburgh before retiring from the post of Rural and Commercial Manager for Scotland in 2004.
Since then he has given much of his time and energy to charitable undertakings including five years as a director of Fresh Start, a charity which helps the formerly homeless set up home. He currently volunteers with Riding for the Disabled and the Edinburgh Foodbank Project. He lives in Edinburgh and is married with two stepsons.
Mr Alastair Lamond
Alastair Lamond is the Managing Director of Lamond and Murray Ltd, a Fife-based engineering firm who are one of the country’s leading sub-contract gear manufacturers.
Founded in 1919 by Alastair’s grandfather, Charles Lamond, the company has a 40-strong, high-skilled workforce. They also have a particular commitment to training school leavers as engineering apprentices. Alastair graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University and has a Masters’ Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Fife with his wife. They have two grown up sons.
Karen is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years' financial and operational experience in the professional services environment. Having qualified with KPMG, she spent her early career with GE Capital, a global financial service provider and HBOS/Lloyds Banking Group in mainly Finance roles. Karen then spent nine years at AEGON in various strategy, transformation and finance leadership roles, laterally as Chief Financial Officer of Cofunds. Recently, she joined Clydesdale Banking Group as Group Transformation CFO.
Andrew Milligan OBE
Andrew Millgan is the Head of Global Strategy at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He is also responsible for advising the Chief Executive Officer and senior fund management team at Aberdeen Standard Investments with global economic, market and political analysis. He is a member of the Global Investment Group forming the House View, as well as the Strategic Investment Group making decisions on the absolute return funds.
Andrew is a Fellow and Council Member of the Society of Business Economists, the leading organisation serving business economists in the UK, and is a member of the Court of Heriot-Watt University. He received an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to innovation and the economy.
Robert McGee is a Chartered Banker who has worked with The Royal Bank of Scotland for over 40 years.
During that time, he has accumulated knowledge and experience of the branch network as a Business Manager and Corporate Operations within the Head Office environment. Robert also spent five years working within the Directors’ Office with responsibility for Business Development and operational rationalisation exercises within Edinburgh and surrounding areas. His current role is Manager, Incident Management & Service Operations, which entails managing all impacting issues globally for RBS.
On a personal note, Robert is married to Sandra. They have one daughter and live in Edinburgh where they are parishioners at Holy Cross in Trinity.