St Andrews Preservation Trust

Board & Trustees

Charity Trustees

Explore the backgrounds of Charity Trustees and find out where you might fit too

Our governing body is the Board of Charity Trustees, who have full decision- making authority on behalf of the charity’s members. All Board members are volunteers. The Board of Trustees is elected by the membership at the charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Board members are elected for a period of three years and serve as trustees of the charity and as directors under the Companies Act. Mid-year vacancies are filled by co-option.


Co-opted members stand for election at the following AGM. The maximum number of trustees allowed by our governing document is 15 Elected Trustees and 6 co-opted trustees. Board members are given an induction and offered training which is appropriate to them given their personal qualifications and experience and the particular role that they play within the charity.  At all meetings of the Board and Committees if any of those present have a possible conflict of interest, it is declared.  If necessary, that person is excluded from discussion on the relevant matter.  

The Board meets bi-monthly but also conducts its business by email or additional meetings when necessary.

Board of Charity Trustees, 2022

David Strachan, Chair

Catherine Erskine,  Vice Chair 

Karen Petersen

Jo Roger

Philip Petersen, Planning Convener

Jane Claydon, Museum Convener 

Iain Lawson, Finance Convener 

Dorothy Cassells

Ken Fraser

Hear From Our Trustees

“Born in Aberdeen, I was brought up in different places across Scotland before “emigrating” to England at the age of 12. After 17 years down South, my career took me around the Globe and I have lived in three continents and worked on fine.


My wife and I bought a flat in St Andrews in the late nineties while our two sons were boarders at Strathallan before buying our main home in Drumoig where we still live.

Having spent 37 years working for Barclays and the last two for Blackrock until I retired in 2012, I am now a part time Tour Guide. I play golf (erratically) and joined the Trust in 2019 and became Finance Convenor.


Married, with two sons (who are now also married, we have two grandchildren in Kingskettle and a granddaughter in Bedford.” – Iain Lawson

“I spent most of my working career at St Leonards and, having retired, I am now responsible for their museum. I have liaised with the recent Curators of the Preservation Trust and have loaned items for a number of exhibitions.

I undertake research for The Österberg Collection in Dartford and look after the archive belonging to Lacrosse Scotland. I have done work for the All England Women’s Lacrosse Archive in Bedford and the archive at the US Lacrosse Museum in Baltimore.



I enjoyed taking part in the Celebrity Antiques Road Show, from Edinburgh, screened in January 2019, explaining that lacrosse for women began in St Andrews in 1890.” – Jane Claydon

“I have spent my career working in the technology industry in commercial roles and now lead a Scottish software startup serving the legaltech market. I am also a Trustee and Vice-Chair of Council of St Leonards School. We live just outside St Andrews in a house we built to a design by renowned local architect Robert Steedman.” – Philip Petersen

“A local resident who left St Andrews in the 80s to teach in four countries in the Far East for 16 years, I returned happily to grass roots education in Kingsbarns. Since coming home I’ve been involved in a variety of local organisations and enjoyed being part of the
St Andrews community while chasing a white ball round the courses or singing and dancing, not all at the same time” – Jo Roger

“Keneth Fraser was born in Dunoon and educated at Dunoon Grammar School and Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. He came to St Andrews in 1967 to work at the University Library and has lived here ever since. He became a Trustee in 2017 and before that was, for more than thirty years, a member of St Andrews Community Council.” – Ken Fraser

Graduating from St Andrews University (BSc Hons Economics, 1980) gave me both the grounding to develop a career working in the fields of Telecommunications, IT and Education for industry and not-for-profit sectors, together with a lifelong love of St. Andrews. Experienced in marketing and communications, business development, consultancy and large-scale educational IT programme management and delivery. Key for me is collaboration, and I look forward to working with all the people involved in the Trust and playing a role in supporting its future.

Frequently Asked Questions

We would love to hear from any prospective Charity Trustees. In the meantime, take a look at some of the questions others in your position have asked. 

No! We are delighted to welcome a variety of different experiences, skills and abilities. From time to time we seek specific expertise. At the moment, we are looking for Charity Trustees with experience in property management, financial management and event management.


Charity Trusteeship draws on a wide variety of skills. Generally, you should work well with the other twelve to fifteen Charity Trustees, and feel confident to get stuck in wherever help is required. 

Each Charity Trustee contributes a different number of hours per week and depending on the time of the year. You can give us an indication of what time commitment you would like to contribute to the Trust. 

Our Charity Trustees frequently comment on the sense of community that the Trust provides them with, as well as the broader feeling of contributing to some of St Andrews’ major events, planning applications and Museum provisions. 

Please contact Sam Ross at to note your interest in becoming a Charity Trustee, alongside a CV and brief written outline of your experiences and motivation for interest.