Governance - Board of Trustees

Donald Forsyth - Chairman

 

Donald Forsyth

 

Donald joined the board in May 2018 and assumed the role of chair in May 2020.  Beyond his role on the board Donald works full-time as a partner in a national accountancy practice. In his spare time Donald enjoys working in his garden in the Black Isle or playing the guitar and learning to play the piano."

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:    07469 035880

Callum MacDonald - Vice Chairman

 

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Callum joined the board in 2014 having previously served as Chairman of the Personnel Committee.

He currently also serves as Chairman of the Free Church Investment Committee and is a Trustee of the Free Church Pension Fund. Treasurer of Urquhart (Ferintosh) and Resolis Free Church in the Black Isle.  

Callum retired from Bank of Scotland Corporate in December 2008 after 40 years working across Stornoway to Aberdeenshire, Caithness to Inverness, not forgetting a spell in Glasgow in the mid 70’s where his two children were born.

Contact Details

Email:   [email protected]

Mobile:      07759 280939

Neil Longwe - Property Trustee

 

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Neil is and Elder at Cumbernauld  Free Church. He joined the Board in 2018 and is now a Property Trustee of the Board. 

Neil worked for ten years as Building Surveyor in the public sector. 

He is now a candidate for the Free Church ministry and is married to his wife Jillian and is father to 1 year old Naomi. 

Interests consist of running; music and films.

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:    07845 871461

Malcolm Maclean - Trustee

 

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Malcolm Maclean joined the Board in 2013. 

He is minister of Greyfriars Free Church in Inverness and his interests include history and travel.

Contact Details

Email:  [email protected]

Mobile:  07808 829152

Calum Iain Macleod - Trustee

 

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Callum is originally from Harris and has been minister at Ferintosh & Resolis Free Church for around 18 months now. 

He joined the Board in 2016.  

Callum’s interests and hobbies include reading, cycling and running.

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:  07771 617101

Donald Macleod - Finance Trustee

 

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Donald has been a member of the Board since May 2019.

He is an elder in Stornoway Free Church and his main career was in accountancy and audit in the local authority and the NHS  within the Western Isles. He retired in July 2018.

Donald is married to Liz and they have three grown up children and 4 grandchildren. His hobbies include spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren and he tries to keep fit mostly by walking and cycling. 

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:    07780 830280

Kenneth Macleod - Trustee

 

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Kenny was born in Scalpay, Harris and served his time as a joiner in Inverness from 1978 and then as a plater/pipefitter in Ardersier & Nigg.

In 2001, he began a three year course studying for the Free Church ministry and his first charge was ministering in Carloway on the Isle of Lewis from 2004 until he translated to the congregation of Dowanvale, Partick where he still ministers today.

Kenny is married to Maggie who is a teacher in a Gaelic school in Glasgow.  They have three sons and three granddaughters with another two grandchildren on the way, God willing.

His hobbies include spending time with his family, reading and watching football and sea fishing and says his ambition is ‘Winning Scotland and beyond for Jesus having been given a Great Commission’. 

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:  07837 923915

David Meredith - Trustee

 

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David has been a Trustee now for 6 years.  He also serves as Mission Director for the Free Church based at The Mound.  He’s married to Nina and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.  For recreation David enjoys riding his motorcycle and likes to read political biographies, although not at the same time! 

David says “There are fuzzy boundaries between my work and the rest of my life as I find myself constantly reflecting on mission and thinking about how to get the missional R rate up in our community”.

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:  07721 750592

Alastair Oliver - Trustee

 

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Alastair or Ali, as he is known, is originally from Skye/Wester Ross, but has been in Edinburgh for most of the last 20 years and is an Elder in St Columba's  Free Church.  

He is married to Vikki  (a Consultant Paediatrician) and they have 2 little boys: 4-year-old  Isaac, who has just started school and six-month-old, Jonathan. 

Ali recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and currently work in Building Standards for the City of Edinburgh Council. 

He enjoys reading, DIY, travelling and football (watching rather than playing these days) and much of his spare time outside family life at the moment,  is taken up with various responsibilities at St Columba's - most notably looking after and developing the technology and IT aspects of their building and their use in Sunday services.

Contact Details

Email:   [email protected]

Mobile:   07740 374 160

Mark Robinson - Treasury Trustee

 

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Mark is a Treasury Trustee with oversight responsibility for the day to day cash management of the denomination.  

Mark joined the Board in June 2019.  He was a Senior Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland and has been a successful business entrepreneur, creating and managing a number of businesses. 

He  is an Elder in Dornoch Free Church and in his spare time he enjoys gardening, making jam and suffers the stress of following Ross County.  

 

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:    07786 945133

Malcom (Callum) Macleod - Principal Clerk (Advisor)

 

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Malcolm (known as Callum) is minister in the Free Church congregation of Shawbost in the Presbytery of the Western Isles. Callum was appointed Principal Clerk of the General Assembly in May 2016. The Principal Clerk is ex officio (by virtue of office) a permanent adviser to the Board and as such he attends all the meetings of the Board. 

Contact Details

Email:    [email protected]

Mobile:    07901 913843