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Our Patrons & Board of Directors

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust was established to restore this fabulous Victorian civic building as an arts-led facility for all of the community of Dunoon and Cowal and for our many visitors.

Our Patrons, Board of Directors and Project Group members have a wide range of skills, interests and expertise and, working together, they are able to move the many aspects of this complex project steadily forward. They bring together knowledge of education, the arts, literature, architecture, business, the public sector, construction, engineering, politics, catering and our community. They fully appreciate the challenges of the project and have a shared vision to put the Burgh Hall back in its rightful place as the cultural hub for the town and the wider area.

Working together we have produced business plans, initiated fundraising strategies, and delivered a growing programme of arts events and community activities. All Patrons, Board Directors and Project Group members are involved on a voluntary basis.

Lord Robertson of Port EllenLord Robertson of Port Ellen
Lord George Robertson of Port Ellen spent his youth in Dunoon and was educated at Dunoon Grammar School. He was Labour MP for Hamilton and then Hamilton South for 21 years and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1999. He served as Secretary General of NATO, Secretary of State for Defence and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. He holds Scotlandís highest honour as a Knight of the Thistle and maintains his contact with Dunoon as a Non-Executive Director of Western Ferries.
Baroness Helena Kennedy of The ShawsBaroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws
Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC, FRSA, is one of the UKs most distinguished lawyers. She has practiced at the Bar for 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years, including the Balcombe Street Seige, the Brighton bombing trial and the Guildford Four Appeal. She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Womenís syndrome in the British courts. A leading voice for equal opportunities in the legal profession for women, she is an author and well known broadcaster on law and ethics. She has been a member of the House of Lords for 16 years, sits on the Joint Committee of Human Rights and is now Principal of Mansfield College Oxford. She has received 37 honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy.
James KnoxJames Knox
James Knox is Director of The Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation and was previously Managing Director of The Art Newspaper, which has offices in London and New York. He read History of Art at Cambridge University and has an MBA from INSEAD.

A Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Great Steward of Scotlandís Dumfries House Trust, he has been closely involved in the challenges facing museums and collections throughout the last few years.

He launched the campaign in Scotland to save the Adam designed Dumfries House and its historic contents, which saw the Prince of Wales step in to save it for the nation.

A published biographer, he curated an exhibition at the Wallace Collection in London on one of his subjects, the cartoonist and illustrator Osbert Lancaster, which attracted the highest paid attendance figures recorded for the museum.
Lord Colin TyreLord Colin Tyre
Lord Tyre was born and raised in Dunoon and educated at Dunoon Grammar School. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he also holds a Diplome díEtudes Supťrieures from the University of Aix-Marseille. He lectured in law at Edinburgh University and subsequently became a tax editor with CCH Editions Ltd. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987, was standing junior counsel to the Ministry of Defence Procurement Executive from 1991 to 1995 and to the Scottish Office Environment Department (in planning matters) from 1995 to 1998. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1998. Lord Tyre served as a Scottish Law Commissioner for six years and in 2007 he was elected president of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). In 2010 he was awarded a CBE for services to the administration of justice in connection with his work with the CCBE and appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2010.
John McAslan CBEJohn McAslan CBE
John was born in Dunoon and educated at Edinburgh University. He trained in Boston USA with Cambridge Seven Associates before joining Richard Rogers and Partners in 1980. He founded John McAslan + Partners in 1996. In 1997 he established the John McAslan Family Trust, which, as a registered charity, provides support for arts and educational projects in the UK and overseas. Johnís work has been published internationally and has received more than 90 design awards, including 19 RIBA national and international awards and three European Union prizes for cultural heritage. He was named World Architect of the Year in 2009. In 2012 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen and in 2013 was appointed Regent to the University of Edinburgh. He also served (2012 - 2013) as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Haiti in the UK.
Sir Charles MacleanSir Charles Maclean
Born in 1946, Charles was educated at Eton and graduated in 1969 from New College Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts. Charles is an author of both bestselling fiction and books on Scottish history. Charles is Baronet of Strachur and Glensluain in the County of Argyll and lives at Strachur House in Cowal. Commissioned Deputy Lieutenant of Argyll & Bute and Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
Cllr Bruce MarshallCllr Bruce Marshall
Bruce was born in Dunoon and farmed all of his working life at Stronchullin in Cowal. Bruce was elected to Argyll & Bute Council in 1999 and has been a councillor for the past 14 years. Bute & Cowal Area Chairman from 2007 to 2012, Spokesperson for Environment from 2010 to 2012.

Board Member of Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park from its inception in 2002 until 2010. Founded Benmore & Kilmun Community Development Trust in 2002. Director of Argyll Mausoleum Ltd and currently spending £1m in renovating the Mausoleum and creating a visitor centre, having initiated the project in 2005. Chairman of Blairmore Hall Committee. Chairman of Crossroads for Carers (Cowal & Bute) since 2004.

Peter DrownPeter Drown
Peter has been advising clients as an Accountant for over 40 years, dealing with large private as well as small quoted companies. He is currently a Client Partner at Beavis Morgan. His specialism is in the field of corporate finance and dealing with issues arising with business acquisitions
Dava SagenkahnDava Sagenkahn
Director & Secretary
American-born, Dava has lived in the UK for over 30 years. She has previous experience in the field of Human Resources in the US for both local government and at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her subsequent career expertise has been in the UK where she spent 14 years in Executive Search for the advertising industry. She is a Trustee of the John McAslan Family Trust. She has strong family ties in Dunoon and participated in the activity and programme that saw the Hall reopen in 2009
Rosie MacInnesRosie MacInnes
Rosie is a local business woman with extensive experience in the catering and hospitality sector . She is founding owner of the successful, Chatters Restaurant in Dunoon. Rosie is very keen to get young people involved in the culinary sector and she and her staff hold workshops and training sessions, regularly. She also has a great interest in promoting the arts.
Colin MacphersonColin Macpherson
Following a career in finance & banking, Colin is the owner of a hotel business in Dunoon. He has been involved with the Dunoon Burgh Hall Project for a number of years leading the Project Group.
Fiona PageFiona Page
Fiona is the founder of a new social enterprise, Takeaway Creative and lives and works on the Cowal peninsula. Fiona has extensive leadership experience and has worked for PepsiCo Europe as Director of Sustainability, Scope and Trusthouse Forte. Fiona was awarded the MBA KPMG award for excellence at Ashridge and she is particularly focused on the business sustainability of the Dunoon Burgh Hall.
 Helen Brown
Helen is Depute Head Teacher of Kirn Primary School here in Dunoon, one of the largest schools in the Cowal peninsula. Helen has had a very varied career, teaching abroad, in areas of urban deprivation and in small rural schools and brings a wealth of educational experience to the project. Helen is particularly keen to support the continued development of creative learning programmes as a central part of Dunoon Burgh Hall Trustís work and she provides an essential link to the eleven primary schools across our catchment area.
 Patricia Girard
Patricia is a business woman with many years experience of retail in Dunoon.

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