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Our board members

Meet Our Board

The Board of Trustees for Edinburgh World Heritage is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation and the stewardship of public and charitably given funds. Trustees are appointed for their individual specialist skills, providing support and adding value to the organisation’s work.

Dr Brian Lang CBE, FRSE


Brian Lang was born in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High School and the University of Edinburgh.  He conducted social anthropological research in Kenya before lecturing for some years at Aarhus University, Denmark. Dr Lang has held numerous posts in heritage, the arts and conservation, including spells as head of the Historic Buildings Branch of the Scottish Office, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, Secretary then Deputy Chairman of the UK’s National Heritage Memorial Fund, Director of Public Affairs at the National Trust, Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of the British Library. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Institute, Los Angeles, Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and is presently a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland. Following his retirement as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, he has been involved in numerous advisory projects in the Middle East, France and the USA, mainly on leadership and strategic academic issues.

Professor James Garden CBE, FRSE


James Garden is Professor Emeritus, Clinical Surgery, Director of Edinburgh Surgery Online and Dean International, Global Community at the University of Edinburgh.  He was previously Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery and has held leadership roles in clinical and academic surgery at a local, national and international level. He established innovative distance learning masters programmes in the surgical sciences which have been nationally recognised and currently support over 500 training surgeons in some 50 countries.  He has a passion for Edinburgh culture and history.  He hopes to ensure that EWH benefits by his putting to good use his academic strengths and experience of working with charities in the medical sector.

Jeremy Chittleburgh

Jeremy qualified as a Chartered Accountant with an old established firm of Edinburgh Accountants. Jeremy subsequently became a partner in 1996 and Senior Partner in 2014. He is mainly involved with audit, accountancy and corporate finance client assignments and has a range of private and not-for-profit clients located throughout the UK. Jeremy chairs EWH’s Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Mark Hopton

Mark is a Conservation Accredited architect and partner in a firm of architects which specialises in heritage projects.  He has completed a number of major conservation and regeneration projects around the UK, including the recent redevelopment of the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.  He was a Commissioner of RCAHMS and is a former member of the Historic Buildings Council and Historic Environment Advisory Council.  Mark believes that conservation is the management of change and that each generation should be making its own history as well as respecting that of the past.

Paul Jardine

Paul is a Management Consultant.

Jim MacDonald

Currently Chief Executive of Architecture & Design Scotland, Jim is a graduate of Edinburgh University and University College London.  A chartered Town Planner and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has over 25 years’ experience dealing with planning, urban design and heritage issues across the UK. He took up his current post in 2010 having previously worked at Historic Scotland, English Heritage and various local authorities.

Julia Miller

Julia is a pensions trustee.

Chris Watkins

Chris is an architect and graduate of Edinburgh School of Art. He has worked throughout Scotland and has had a long involvement with Edinburgh’s Old Town, both during his employment with Edinburgh’s City Architect’s Department and as Historic Scotland’s Head of Major Projects. Chris has been responsible for projects at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and a number of Old Town housing schemes, including acting as project Sponsor for Heriot-Watt University’s scheme for the conversion and renovation of Panmure House. He has extensive experience in initiating and raising funds for the sustainable use of historic properties.

David Williamson

David is an internationally experienced public affairs and strategic communications professional.  He has held senior positions in major industry associations in both Edinburgh and Brussels, as well as working at the European Parliament. David is a graduate of Edinburgh University and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in the USA.

Dorothy Wright

Dorothy is Director of Workforce with NHS Education for Scotland. With considerable and wide-ranging experience as a senior HR director in both the public and private sectors, she fills the role of human resources trustee.

More information about our governance, including copies of Board meeting minutes from the past year, can be found here.