Our Trustees

Celia Sinclair

Founder of the Willow Tea Rooms Trust, Celia has combined her successful career in senior executive management and commercial property development with her passion for the Arts.  As a Trustee of The Glasgow Art Club, Celia was responsible for the restoration and refurbishment of its spectacular Mackintosh Gallery.


Stewart Brown

Architect and founding partner of the Edinburgh Architectural and Archaeological firm of Simpson & Brown. Board Member The Friends of The National Galleries of Scotland.  Former involvements include Chairman of the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Trustee of to the Mansfield Traquair Trust, Edinburgh; Trustee of Scotland's Churches Trust and the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust. Lives in Edinburgh.


Efric McNeil

Efric A McNeil CA is a partner in a chartered accountancy firm,  President of the Glasgow Art Club and a committee member of the Art Fund Strathclyde Group.  Efric has a passion for late 19th Century - early 20th Century art and architecture including the preservation of historic buildings.

Ian Dickson

A corporate lawyer and former Chairman of MacRoberts. Co-founder and Director of Friends of the Beatson and the Beatson Cancer Charity, Director of the Scottish International Piano Competition, Trustee of the NYOS Endowment Foundation, member of the University of Strathclyde audit committee and Vice Dean of the Merchants House of Glasgow. Until recently, Director of the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and Chairman of the Scottish Ensemble. 


James Macaulay 

Formerly senior lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Hon. Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. A former chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and the Society of Friends of Glasgow Cathedral. Trustee of the Glasgow Art Club, Medieval Glasgow Trust and the Dalrymple Donaldson Fund. Author of The Gothic Revival, 1745-1845; The Classical Country House in Scotland, 1660-1800; Hill House; Glasgow School of Art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

John Mackie

A founding director of Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers, and a specialist in late 19th and 20th century Decorative Arts. At Lyon & Turnbull John is responsible for Decorative Arts & Design and undertakes auctions of special collections. John is a committee member of the Edinburgh Art Fund as well as a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Decorative Arts Society.


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Maurice Taylor, CBE

Maurice is the Founder and Chief Executive of The Chardon Group, which owns a number of Scotland’s most successful hotels and restaurants, including the Holiday Inn in Glasgow and the award winning La Bonne Auberge.

Maurice has received many awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Inspiring City Awards, The Lifetime Excellence Award from CIS Excellence Awards and in 2016 he was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to business and charity.

He is a visiting Professor at the Scottish Hotel School and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Strathclyde.

David Cairns

Following a career in dentistry, nursing homes and commercial property, David is the owner of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Windyhill in Kilmacolm, which he has restored to its former glory, including furniture lighting and glass.  An Honorary Patron of the National Galleries of Scotland, David's interests include the Secessionist Movement, European history and all things French.

Colin McCallum

Fundraising, Communications, Development, Campaign Counsel.  Colin has vast experience in running major campaigns including at Oxford University, Strathclyde University, National Museums of Scotland and Scottish Opera (among others).  Colin has provided strategic fundraising advice, guidance and mentoring to clients across Scotland, the UK and Europe.  Clients have included many Universities (Oxford, Bristol, Exeter, Warwick etc).  Cultural institutions/campaigns have included Scottish Opera, National Trust for Scotland, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  He has advised large charities such as the British Red Cross and internationally have helped institutions such as the Club de Madrid, MGIMO University (Moscow), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Heidelberg) and Dublin City University.

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Expert Advisory Panel

Trustees are also members of The Trust's Advisory Panel.  

The Panel also includes:

Bruno Del Priore FRIAS RIBA

Expert Architect Urbanist Conservationist and one of first early 1960 CRM survival Scottish Heritage stalwarts. Founder member of CRM Society, facilitator of world wide recognition of CRM and promoter of funds for University of Glasgow royalties. Annual Cassina Price GSA Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana.


Pamela Robertson

Emerita Professor of Mackintosh Studies and Senior Curator at the University of Glasgow, Pamela has published a number of books on Mackintosh and curated many exhibitions including the award-winning retrospective by Glasgow Museums in 1996. Past Chair of the CRM Society and the Glasgow Mackintosh group, Governor of the Glasgow School of Art 2004–2010, and a member of the UK Government’s Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art 2004–2010. She was Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded research project; ‘Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning'.

Anne Ellis

Lecturer at University of Glasgow, Adult and Continuing Education; Property Manager, The Hill House in Helensburgh; Writer and Broadcaster.


David Jones FSA (Scot)

Author, historian and retired lecturer in Furniture History in the University of St Andrews, advises on several collections of historic furniture in Scotland, including Hopetoun House, Paxton House, and Dumfries House, where he is Hon. Keeper of Furniture.  His principal interest is in Scottish furniture, upon which he has written and lectured widely, most recently on Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC and the Bard Institute, New York City.  He is a Trustee of various organisations, including the Lorimer Society.