Trustees

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE FRSE FSA DL

Richard, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry is responsible for the overall management of his family’s historic estate businesses, heritage properties and art collections including Drumlanrig Castle and Bowhill in Scotland and Boughton House in Northamptonshire. He has long been closely involved in the wider heritage world as a former Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and for ten years as President of the National Trust for Scotland. Currently he is a Trustee of The Royal Collection and President of the Georgian Group. He has recently been appointed High Steward of Westminster Abbey.

Dame Rosalind Savill DBE, FBA, FSA

Dame Rosalind, Curator Emeritus, the Wallace Collection, London, became a Museum Assistant in the Ceramics Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1973, moving to the Wallace Collection in 1974. There she worked for thirty-seven years, becoming an Assistant Director in 1979, Director in 1992, and retired in 2011. Her major publication is The Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain, 3 vols, 1988, which won her the National Art-Collection Fund prize for Scholarship in 1990, and she has written numerous articles and papers, chiefly on Sèvres porcelain.

In 1990 she became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, in 2000 she was awarded a CBE for Services to the Study of Ceramics, in 2006 she became a Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2009 she was awarded a DBE for Services to the Arts. She has Visiting Professorships from the University of Buckingham and the University of the Arts, London, won the European Woman of Achievement Award (Arts and Media) 2005, was a Member of the Conseil d’Administration at Sèvres Cité de la Céramique and is an Officier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France.

Currently her Trusteeships include the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, the Royal Collection Trust, the Samuel Courtauld Trust, and the Wallace Collection Foundation. She is also President of the French Porcelain Society, a Syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and on the Academic Committee at Waddesdon Manor.

John Glen

John Glen returned to Edinburgh in 2008 to work as Chief Executive for Buccleuch. Prior to this, John had a varied financial career spanning several continents and industry sectors, including 8 years with Air Liquide, the world leader in industrial gases, where he worked in Paris as CFO and 19 years with Unilever. John was also extensively engaged in the development of international accounting standards as vice-chair of EFRAG.

Alongside his work at Buccleuch, John is vice-chair for both Scottish Forum on Natural Capital and the 2020 Climate Change Group, working with the Scottish Government and public and private sector bodies to help Scotland achieve its climate change targets. John also sits on various boards. Internally, he is Chair of Alba Trees Plc, also sitting on the board of Scottish Land and Estates. External, non-executive positions include BIC and TR Property Investment Trust. John also sits on the charity board of ProjectScotland.

Sir John Robinson

Sir John Robinson is a Northamptonshire landowner with a background in finance, estate management and agriculture, and a wide experience in local charity work and board membership of commercial and charitable organisations. Other main active memberships include the boards of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, and the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.

Professor David J. Bellamy OBE

Professor Bellamy is a Professor of Botany, author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner. He has written over 45 books and 80 scientific papers relating to ecology and the environment, in addition to presenting over 400 television shows where he is widely recognised and appreciated for his boundless enthusiasm.

Professor Bellamy originally trained as a botanist at London University. Later he held the post of Senior Lecturer in Botany at Durham University until 1982. He continues to hold the post of Honorary Professor for Adult and Continuing Education. He has also held positions as an Honorary Professor at the University of Central Queensland and Special Professor of Botany at the University of Nottingham.

In addition, Professor Bellamy has held top positions with a number of national and international environmental organisations. Alongside David Shreeve, he founded The Conservation Foundation and has been President and Vice President of many other organisations including The Wildlife Trusts Partnership.

Wilf Weeks OBE

Wilf Weeks was a public affairs consultant and co-founded GJW Government Relations. Before that he was Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath.

Wilf is currently Trustee for the Trust for London, Trustee of Gainsborough’s House, Vice Chairman of the Prison Advice and Care Trust, Trustee of British Future and Chairman of the Development Board at Charterhouse. He was Chairman of Spitalfields Music, the Friends of the Tate and the Dulwich Picture Gallery and a Trustee and Development Chairman at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He was also Chairman of Heritage Education Trust and won the Goodman Award for Arts and Business in 2004.

Lady Judith Steel, MBE

Lady Steel is a writer poet, playwright and journalist. Her numerous works include an anthology of horse poetry, Horse Tales and Saddle Songs, with foreword by the Princess Royal and proceeds going to Riding for the Disabled.

Lady Steel studied Law at Edinburgh University and is the wife of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Lord (Baron) Steel of Aikwood and now Life Peer in the House of Lords. A former theatre producer and director, she founded the Rowan Tree Theatre Company in the Scottish Borders in 1987 and in 2011 received an MBE for Services to Theatre in the Scottish Borders

Stephen Giles Cooke

Stephen is a Solicitor and Consultant with Withers LLP and has extensive experience of domestic and international tax and trust work. Educated at the Leicester School of Architecture, he joined Withers LLP in 1971, becoming Partner in 1973, and has developed expertise in structuring the ownership of art collections.

Stephen was the co-author of ‘Inheritance Tax and Lifetime Gifts’ and has contributed to McCutcheon and Withers on inheritance tax. He has spoken on numerous occasions at conferences concerning tax, regulatory matters, heritage property and business planning for families. Stephen is also a Trustee of Ockenden International, an international refugee charity, and The London Handel Society, where until recently, he was Chairman for 17 years.

Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman is an acclaimed author and historian. Born in Lincoln, she studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997. She went on to a successful career in heritage and has worked for a range of historic properties and national heritage organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Archives and English Heritage. Tracy is now joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, the charity that manages five of the most iconic historic sites in Britain: the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House.  She is also Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust, which encourages children to visit and learn from historic properties through the Sandford Award.

Tracy has regularly appeared on television and radio, and has featured in a range of magazine and newspaper articles. She is a regular contributor to history magazines, including articles in BBC History Magazine on the history of beauty and 18th century ‘It’ Girls. She travels across the country and overseas giving talks on a wide range of subjects.

Tracy’s books include Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen, which was Book of the Week on Radio 4. Her biography of Thomas Cromwell was a Sunday Times bestseller. Tracy’s next book, The Private Lives of the Tudors, will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2016. It will also be the subject of a new series presented by Tracy on Yesterday TV.