Who we are
Trustee GHSSCT 2013-2014, Chair GHSS 2014-2015, Trustee and Chair SGLH 2015-
Judy is a Landscape Architect with a longstanding and lively interest in contemporary garden design and its roots in history. She has lived in East Lothian for over 30 years.
Editor of The Pleasaunce, Trustee and Hon. Secretary SGLH 2015-
Mark has a longstanding interest in historic buildings and the gardens and landscapes in which they are set. By profession, he is a freelance copy writer.
Trustee and Hon. Treasurer GHSS 2013-2015, Trustee and Hon. Treasurer SGLH 2015-
Having spent his entire career abroad, Bob felt that it was time to come home. His first job was as a Russian linguist and his last as Director of Administration in the WTO. He finds working with the SGLH team enormously stimulating.
Trustee SGLH 2015-
Sarah Barron is a Town Planner and Chartered Landscape Architect, and works as a consultant with a large architectural practice based in Edinburgh. Her work primarily includes urban design, regeneration projects, master planning and historic landscapes for public agencies, Local Authorities and private client companies across Scotland. She is a District Organiser and Trustee of Scotland’s Gardens and is a keen gardener and beekeeper.
Trustee and Events Secretary
Vanessa is a freelance Landscape Architect with a particular interest in designed landscapes. She trained at Edinburgh College of Art and has since travelled widely in the UK and Europe to indulge her interest in the formal and less formal gardens of the Renaissance.
'Glorious Gardens' Project Supervisor 2015-
Sue came late to garden and landscape history following a career in education. She is interested in why and how the design of gardens and landscapes changes over time and what an understanding of those changes can contribute to our knowledge of social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological history.
Chair GHSS 2012-2014
Peter Burman read History of Art at Cambridge when it was a fairly new discipline there. For many years he worked for the Church of England's central office for the care of churches and cathedrals. Later he became Director of the Centre for Conservation Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of York, then Director of Conservation at the National Trust for Scotland, and Professor of Cultural Management, BTU Cottbus. Currently active as: independent Arts & Heritage consultant; Guardian, SPAB; Chair of Falkland Stewardship Trust; Archivist, Hopetoun House; Vice-Chairman, Built Environment Forum for Scotland.
Chair GHSS 2007-2012
John's background is one of Engineering and Business, but he has had a lifelong interest in gardens and gardening. Former deputy chairman of NCCPG (Plant Heritage) and director of NCCPG Enterprises. Continuing chairman of the East Renfrewshire Designed Landscape and Gardens Group.
Chair GHSS 2003-2007; Vice-President GHS 2007-2012
Niall was born in Ireland and moved to Scotland in 1977. After a career in hospital medicine he took early retirement in 2001. He has a keen interest in Design and sees Garden and Landscape History as integral elements of Social and Political History. With his partner he has developed a garden over the past 27 years in Stirlingshire.
Chair GHSS 2000-2004 and Chair GHSSCT 2004-2012
Fiona’s early background was in Town Planning and Historic Building Conservation with City of Edinburgh Council. She joined Historic Scotland, in 1984, working on both historic building and landscape conservation. Later, as a freelance historic landscape consultant, she worked on projects throughout Scotland. Fiona helped establish the GHS in Scotland Conservation Trust and was the first Chair.
Chair GHSS 1983-1996
The Scottish Group emerged about 1983 to plan meetings and excursions for members resident or visiting Scotland. As Bill was a member of Council, and had been Editor and Chairman of GHS Activities Committee, the members asked him to be their Chairman. The Group enjoyed many happy visits, lectures and study weekends, and hosted a few AGMs. In 1992 the Group applied for a grant to fund a Conservation Officer and that success greatly increased their scope of work and influence. Bill left the committee in 1996 to join the Gardens Committee of the NTS.