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Shonaig Macpherson appointed new Chairman of The Robertson Trust

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The Robertson Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Shonaig Macpherson CBE as its new Chairman, following the retirement of Dame Barbara Kelly.

Kenneth Ferguson, Director of The Robertson Trust, said: “With a strong and diverse background, Shonaig’s broad range of experience will be a major asset for the Trust in her new role as Chair."

Shonaig Macpherson said : “It is an honour to succeed Dame Barbara Kelly as Chair of the Robertson Trust. I look forward to working with fellow trustees, Kenneth Ferguson and the staff of the Robertson Trust to build on the excellent work to date, addressing the needs of the most disadvantaged in Scotland."

Background information

Since retiring as Senior Partner of McGrigors Solicitors in 2004, where she was responsible for the firm’s strategy as well as leading one of the UK’s leading intellectual property teams, Ms Macpherson has undertaken senior appointments across a range of sectors. She is currently Chairman of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company and a board member of Euan’s Guide, Futurelean Limited and the Dunedin Consort.

Past appointments, meanwhile, include Chairman of The National Trust for Scotland, The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, Scottish Council for Development and Industry, the Scottish Council Foundation and ITI Scotland Limited and Vice Chairman of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Limited. Ms Macpherson has also served on the Governing Bodies of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, the Open University, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Heriot Watt University.

In 2001, Ms Macpherson was appointed as the first ever non-executive appointee to the Management and Strategic Boards of Scottish Government and became the first lay person to chair the Audit Committee of the Scottish Government. She was a member of the UK Government and Scottish Parliament’s Commission on Scottish Devolution, the Scottish Executive’s Culture Commission and the Knowledge Economy Task Force. Ms Macpherson also became a member of the Joint Management Board of the Scotland Office and the Office of the Advocate General in 2015.