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Our board members

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.

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.

Paul Jardine


Paul Jardine is the Managing Director of Jura Consultants, a specialist consultancy with interests in all aspects of heritage, leisure and local economic development. With a background in economics, accountancy and business management, Paul has spent 36 years advising organisations with heritage assets on how to develop audiences, develop business cases and deliver transformational projects. He is a Trustee of the Tweed Forum, the Aperture Trust and an adviser to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. He is a graduate of both Heriot Watt and Edinburgh Universities, a member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and currently lectures in Sustainable Heritage at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Paul chairs EWH’s Governance Committee.

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.

Andrew Henderson

Andrew is Director of Public Policy and Strategic Communications at the international professional services business, Pinsent Masons. He has over 20 years’ experience in senior corporate affairs leadership roles and is a graduate of both Edinburgh University and the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot Watt University. Andrew also acts as an External Adviser to the Scottish Youth Parliament and has previously served as a non-executive trustee for both Citizens Advice Edinburgh and the Rock Trust – an Edinburgh-based charity supporting young people affected by homelessness.

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.

Sophie Mills

Sophie is a trainee solicitor at the WS Society.  She has gained a wide range of experience in charity law and charity administration in her first year of her traineeship. Sophie is part of the Arts & Business Scotland “New Voices: Fresh Perspectives” recruitment programme for young people on arts & heritage boards.

Neil Rennick

Neil is the Director of Justice for the Scottish Government and co-chair of the Justice Board for Scotland. He was previously the Executive Director for Strategy and Infrastructure for the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service. He has worked in a number of roles in the Scottish Government, including as Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary and Head of Local Government Finance. He has a degree and post-graduate diploma in Architecture from the University of Glasgow.

Megan Veronesi

Megan leads new programmes and innovation at the Firstport Group, Scotland’s development agency for start-up social entrepreneurs and mission-driven business. Megan joined Firstport from a venture-backed tech start-up, where she set-up and led the charity partnerships team raising over £90 million for charity. Prior to that, she specialised in designing community-based services for charities including Marie Curie and Terrence Higgins Trust. She has also set-up and run an award-winning communications team. Megan sits on the Board of social enterprise language school Lingo Flamingo and is a volunteer for Changing the Chemistry, a charity which aims to improve board effectiveness through diversity of thought.

Nick White

Nick is a Director of CuthbertWhite, an award-wining firm of chartered surveyors and real estate advisors based in Edinburgh city-centre. He was previously a senior development consultant with City of Edinburgh Council in their Economic Development team and prior to that, a Regional Acquisitions Director for CALA Properties and Partner with Knight Frank LLP in both London and Edinburgh. He has a degree in English from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Real Estate from Reading University.

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

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