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BOARD MEMBERS


Alastair Knowles - Chairman of Trustees
Alastair was brought up and has lived in Musselburgh his whole life. He was educated at Musselburgh Grammar School, the Edinburgh School of Building and Napier College. He is married to Lily with two grown up sons.

Alastair’s career as an Architectural Technician metamorphosised into Facilities Management with Scottish & Newcastle Head Office in Edinburgh from 1968 to 2004 when he retired.

With a life long association with the Boys’ Brigade from age nine, specializing in Drill and Band work, Alastair rose through all the ranks to Captain (1987-2000) of the local Musselburgh Company and also held various Battalion appointments to August 2012. He was ordained as an Elder in Musselburgh Northesk in 1975 and is a member of the “Old Musselburgh Club”.

Alastair is also a Trustee of the Red House Home Trust 2004 – present (interest in youth welfare generally and through the BB in particular). He was selected to be the Town Champion for the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches in 1995 and is the current Chairman of the Charitable Company formed to organize the next Riding in 2016.

Councillor John Caldwell - Board Member and Honorary Provost
John is honoured and privileged to be taking on the coveted role of Honorary Provost for The Riding of The Marches (2016) and is looking forward to carrying out his historical duties throughout the Festival week. As a Board member, he will be part of a dedicated voluntary team who will be driving an exciting and memorable Riding of the Marches programme.

John was born in Whitecraig before moving to Wallyford, then on to Musselburgh, where he has lived for the last 38 years. He was educated at Musselburgh Grammar School, and went on to attend Napier Technical College, Ramsay Technical College and Telford College, where he gained City of Guilds Intermediate (with Distinction) and Final City of Guilds in Gas Engineering. He also has certified qualifications for Engineering, Computing and Business Studies.

With many years of experience with British Gas in various positions from time-served engineer to systems and Business Management, after a period he had the responsibility of managing the Lothian’s British Gas Service Depot, covering East and Midlothian. He took responsibility for countrywide projects at British Gas Headquarters, spending quite a bit of time in London. After taking voluntary redundancy, he became a self-employed heating engineer and was subsequently employed by West Lothian Council on financial projects.

John served on the Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council for 10 years, mostly as chair. He is married and has lived in the local community all of his life since, and has three grown-up daughters who also live nearby in the local community.

Andrew Johnston - Board Member and Financial Director
Drew's role is to ensure that the finances of the charity are maintained in good order and that all accounting procedures are followed, enabling clear and concise reports to be presented to the Board.

He is available to provide guidance on financial matters to all the committees on areas such as budgeting or costing.

Hopefully the team's fund raising efforts will ensure that we are able to provide the community with a memorable event, whilst at the same time building a seed fund for the next event in 21 years time.

Emma Thomson - Board Member and Company Secretary
Emma was raised and schooled in Musselburgh and continues to live there with her husband and three daughters. She works as a lawyer for the Scottish Government. In her spare time she helps the youth section at Fisherrow Yacht Club and sails her own wee dinghy from the harbour.

In her role as Company Secretary, she works with the board to ensure the Musselburgh Riding of the Marches (2016) Ltd fulfils its charitable and legal obligations. Through this they hope to provide a sure and steadfast footing for the whole community to enjoy such a historic event and ensure a lasting legacy for future generations.

Alaric Bonthron - Board Member
Alaric was born and havs lived in Musselburgh all his life. He was educated at the Burgh and Musselburgh Grammar Schools.

On leaving school, he worked in the family dairy business, but before retiring, he worked in the Civil Service in the General Registry Office.

In the 1995 Riding of the Marches, he was chosen as the Turf Cutter; during the 2016 Riding of the Marches he is heading the Procession Committee.

Brian Monks - Board Member
Brian has been assigned as the co-Director of Fund Raising for the 2016 Musselburgh Riding of the Marches Board.

Running his own business, Matter Consulting Ltd, Brian has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. 

He is an experienced practitioner and consultant in investment administration, fund administration, fund accounting, transfer agency, data management and client services.
 Brian has extensive experience in outsource and migration project management, benchmarking, contract negotiation and due diligence.

Honest Lad 1991; Crusaders Riding Club Captain 1994; played rugby for Musselburgh (1982-1999) and London Scottish XV’s (1999-2005); Musselburgh RFC Committee Member 2007-8 (Sponsorship & Marketing) and 2010-11 (Social Convenor); member Musselburgh Golf Club.

Blair Stewart - Board Member

Blair was born and raised in Musselburgh and continues to live there with his wife and three children.  Blair works for Bank Of America Merrill Lynch where he is a Managing Director in the bank's Global Equities business. He played for Musselburgh Rugby Club for many years before retiring, but continues to have active involvement with the club.

Blair's role in ROM 2016 is to help ensure that sufficient funds are available to fulfil our aim of running a successful and enjoyable event in 2016.

David Stillie - Board Member

David was brought up in Galashiels and moved to Musselburgh in 1969. He is a Chartered Architect and commenced his career with Crudens Ltd in Musselburgh and later worked in private practice in Edinburgh. He is currently Principal Architect with Mott MacDonald Ltd in Glasgow. He designed the Exhibition at the 1974 Riding of the Marches and in 1995 he was Convenor of the Exhibition Committee and a Squire to the Champion. David will continue to support the Exhibition Committee for 2016 and is keen to investigate with Queen Margaret University the possibility of again staging the traditional Musselburgh Pageant.

Janice Burr - Administration Secretary

Janice's administration and marketing experience includes working as a civilian with RAF Germany, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Drambuie Liqueur Company, the Brunton Theatre, Constituency Assistant to Susan Deacon, the first Scottish Health Minister and the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University.

Janice served as an office bearer for 13 years with Musselburgh & Inveresk Community Council, first as Secretary and then as Treasurer. She is also an active committee member of the award-winning Clark Community Choir (Generations Singing Together).

As well as serving as Administrator to the Board, Janice is also sitting on the Riding of the Marches Entertainments Committee, volunteering in the Riding of the Marches Information Centre, and is enjoying being fully immersed in the planning and delivery of an exciting programme for the historic Riding of the Marches 2016.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS


CEREMONIAL COMMITTEE - Jackie Lambert
A retired police officer, Jackie now works in health and safety. He has lived all his life in Musselburgh, other than three years' missionary work in the late 70s/early 80s when he stayed in Edinburgh!

Jackie was the vice-chair of the same committee at the 1995 Riding of the Marches, and has managed to bring two members from that committee with him this time.

Jackie says that the Ceremonial Committee is often about looking backwards on how matters used to be done, but with an eye to the future. The main events are the Ecumenical Church Service, the Burgess Ceremony, the Proclamation, and the Riding of the Town's boundaries.

Whilst he has a willing committee at work, Jackie says he would welcome any volunteers, especially any youngsters who would be able to lead the committee in 2037!

CHILDREN AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Carol Colville
Carol is a Primary Teacher at Stoneyhill Primary School and also the Officer in Charge of the 61st Junior Section Boys Brigade.

Carol chairs the Children and Education committee, and along with Betty Irving, Mark Lambert and Laura Paterson, it is her intention to create an educational programme of activities for all the children in the Musselburgh Cluster schools to take part in during the Spring term prior to the Riding of the Marches. The idea is for the children to develop a deeper understanding of the event, therefore enjoying it to the full in the summer of 2016.

ENTERTAINMENTS COMMITTEE - Kerra McKinnie
A lifelong resident of Musselburgh, Kerra is Head of Marketing and Communication at the Scottish Building Society.

The Entertainments Committee has brought together a fabulous group of talented individuals and we are looking forward to staging an exciting series of events to appeal to Musselburgh folk of all ages. The team will not only manage the entertainment during the Riding of the Marches week in 2016, but also will be organising a range of events in the run up to 2016, aiming to raise both awareness and funds for the main festival.

EXHIBITION COMMITTEE - David Stillie
David was brought up in Galashiels and moved to Musselburgh in 1969. He is a Chartered Architect and commenced his career with Cruden Ltd in Musselburgh and later worked in private practice in Edinburgh. He is currently Principal Architect with Mott MacDonald Ltd in Glasgow.

He designed the Exhibition at the 1974 Riding of the Marches, and in 1995 he was Convenor of the Exhibition Committee and a Squire to the Champion.

David will continue to support the Exhibition Committee for 2016, and is in collaboration with Queen Margaret University with a view to again staging the traditional Musselburgh Pageant.

PROCESSION COMMITTEE - Alaric Bonthron
Alaric was born and has lived in Musselburgh all his life. He was educated at the Burgh and Musselburgh Grammar Schools.

In the 1995 Riding of the Marches, he was chosen as the Turf Cutter and during the 2016 Riding of the Marches he will be heading the Procession Committee. The Procession will be led by the Town Champion and Principals from Linkfield Road at 10:00am on Saturday 30 July 2016.

SPORTS COMMITTEE - Colin Taylor
A Musselburgh resident for most of his life, Colin has always had a keen interest in sport. He was formerly a Physical Education Teacher before taking on a variety of Senior Management roles in education. His current post is Headteacher of Newbattle Community High School.

As Chair of the Sports Committee, he is keen to see local people of all ages participate in a wide range of sporting competitions in the run up to, and during, the week of the Riding of the Marches 2016. He believes that the 2014 Commonwealth Games can be the catalyst for the people of Musselburgh to embrace wider participation in sport. The 2016 Riding of the Marches will be the platform to celebrate and ensure that the people of Musselburgh continue to enjoy the benefits sporting achievement can bring. Who knows, we might just unearth another Kenny Millar or Yvonne Murray!