Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust Board

Published: 27 January 2020

Following the recent A.G.M., there have been a number of changes to our Board.

To follow is a message from our new Chairman, Bruce Marshall. 


"The Annual General meeting of Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust held on Wednesday 15th January 2020 has seen a huge change in the make up of the Trust.

John McAslan, Dava Sagenkhan, Sir Charles McLean and Peter Drown have all stepped down after all four having helped to found the Burgh Hall Project which aimed to place the renovated old Burgh Hall once again at the heart of the community -  we must say a heart felt thanks to all four for their sterling efforts over the past 12 years when John McAslan purchased the hall from Fyne Homes for £1.

The new board of 14 is now entirely made up with directors who live locally. They are:

Tom Pierson

Julie Forrester

David McEwan Hill

George Allan

Derek Pullen

Anne Robertson

Marij van Helmond

Bruce Marshall

Philip Norris

Gillian Robertson

Katie McCorkindale

Rosie McInnes

Bill Carlow

Paddy Girard.

I am delighted to have been appointed as Chairman, with Gill Robertson as Vice Chair, Anne Robertson as Secretary, and Bill Carlow as Treasurer.  

We have a committed workforce but depend heavily upon volunteers  who do great work for us and I wish to encourage anyone who has the time and enthusiasm to contact our secretary at CompanySecretary@dunoonburghhall.org.uk 

The new board is absolutely committed to continuing to ensure that the Burgh Hall remains at the heart of the community and provides the best possible experience in the arts, heritage and culture for the population of Cowal, and strives to attract visitors from much further afield. I won't tell a lie when I say that we have experienced financial difficulties which the new board is totally committed to turning around. We have recently received huge financial support from Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the National Lottery Communities Fund which enables us to employ a full time Devopment Manager and we look forward to working with this person over the next two years.

The Burgh Hall is an ideal venue for weddings, businesses annual party, private and birthday parties, funeral receptions etc. as well as the huge offering of cultural and artistic events and I wish to ask Cowal residents to give their whole hearted support to enable this famous instituition to have a long and prosperous existence."

Bruce Marshall

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