Who's Who

St. Margaret’s Trust is co-ordinated by a Board of trustees and supported by two part time admin staff and a extensive team of volunteers from the community.

The Trustees are:

Brian Wood - Chair/Secretary

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Part-time resident of Braemar, associated with the village for almost fifty years – former secondary Headteacher – currently Deputy Convenor of the Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Justice of the Peace and Honorary Sheriff – 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 Braemar Golf Club – actively involved in the delivery of the Braemar Community Action Plan and the development of the local Tourism Strategy – 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 MacKenzie

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Federica Bertolini

FedericaCurrently employed by Highlands Hospitality, as the General Manager of Braemar’s Fife Arms Hotel, now under major redevelopment – responsible for all matters relating to the preparation for the re-opening and operation of the hotel as an up-market tourist destination – brings to the Project extensive experience of the hospitality industry and the opportunity to develop valuable collaboration between Highlands Hospitality and the Project.

 Fiona Kennedy OBE

FionaWell-known, respected, Scottish singer, songwriter, actress and broadcaster – also Deputy Lord Lieutenant – brings to the Project a thorough knowledge of the world of entertainment and access to a range of useful networks in the world of entertainment and business.

Paula Gibson

Currently Artistic Director of Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre (ACT) – largely responsible, over many years, for the development of ACT as a respected centre for excellence for community theatre – hugely experienced and knowledgeable of the world of community theatre – brings to the Project 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. 

Colin Wight

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Former BBC TV reporter now working with STV – skillful camera operator and video editor – has taken responsibility for the development of the Project’s website and social media presence – 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 OBE

Colin HunterColin 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. He was Chair of Trustees for the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2012 to 2018. He is currently a Trustee for Leonard Cheshire, Drinkaware and Robert Gordons University in Aberdeen. 

The Administration Team are:

Jane Smith - Programme Development Manager

Lyndsey Boden - Events Administrator