Trustees

The Trustees are drawn from various backgrounds, but are a combination of people who are professionally familiar with the needs of young people, and know the voluntary and community sector, together with legal and financial advisors who give guidance on the management of funds.

Rev John Robert Munro (Chairman)

Minister at Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh and Fairmilehead Parish Church, Edinburgh.

Educated at Glasgow University, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and New College, University of Edinburgh. A member of the Ponton House Trust since 1988.


Shulah Allan

Shulah Allan has been a Trustee since 2003. After 25 years working in the voluntary sector in Edinburgh, Shulah is now retired.

She maintains her interest in the charitable sector as a Trustee of three local trusts, and through the boards of a local charity for people with learning disabilities, and a housing association. Shulah is also a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair of NHS Lothian.

Shulah Allan

Ian Boardman

Ian was Director of LAYC (Lothian Association of Youth Clubs) for over 30 years and as a result has significant commitment to, and experience in, youth and children’s work across Edinburgh and beyond.  Recently retired, Ian is a Board member of 6VT, which aims to provide holistic quality services to young people in Edinburgh, and he continues to be involved in a range of voluntary youth work.

Ian also shares a passion for the national football team and is a card carrying member of the Tartan Army which produces as much pain as gains.

Ian Boardman

Patrick Edwardson

Patrick Edwardson is a partner of Baillie Gifford & Co, an Edinburgh-based investment management firm. He has been a trustee since 2001.

Patrick Edwardson

David Jack

David Jack is a retired local government officer with extensive experience in managing grant aid to the voluntary sector, regeneration and social policy action, and community planning partnerships in Edinburgh.

Originally a town planner, he also has qualifications in social and public policy and in management practice.

David Jack

Penny Richardson

Penny Richardson has extensive voluntary sector experience in managerial capacities, voluntary and paid, at local, Scottish and UK levels: in theatre and community arts, (Traverse Theatre and Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh) health and social care as (Director of Edinburgh and Lothian Council on Alcohol and Living Well North Edinburgh), and public health and consumer rights, (Director of the Scottish Association of Health Councils).  She chaired the Public Health Alliance Scotland, the Scottish Association for Mental Health 'Why women?' Campaign, and was a founder member of the Cervical Smear Campaign.

She also worked as a consultant specialising in voluntary sector change management and fundraising. She is the former Chair of Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council, one of Scotland’s largest and highly regarded Councils of Voluntary Service, and was the first voluntary sector chair of the Edinburgh Compact, the first one in Scotland. 

She is currently Chair of Stockbridge & Inverleith Community Council.

Penny is now retired.

Penny Richardson

Lynsey Kerr

Lynsey is a Solicitor in the Private Client team at Lindsays Solicitors in Edinburgh dealing with Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts (including Charitable Trusts) and the Administration of Estates. Lynsey is also a Trustee of a local charity based in Stockbridge which serves the older community.

Lynsey Kerr

Fiona Wilson

Fiona Wilson trained as an Occupational Therapist working across a number of specialties. Over the last 5 years Fiona has moved into more Senior General Management with experience in acute hospital management and now in Edinburgh's Health and Social Care Partnership. She has a strong interest in supporting the outcomes for young people and is keen to use her experience to support the work of Ponton House.

Fiona Watson

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson grew up in Cambridge but moved to Aberdeen for University and now finds himself living and working in the Central belt. He has worked within the charitable sector since graduating, initially working with people in recovery from substance misuse, and now as a community worker at Stockbridge Parish Church in Edinburgh.  Alex joined the Trust in 2018.

Alex Johnson

Jim Verth

 

Sandra Blake

 

 

Secretary

David Reith

David was the Senior Partner of Lindsays Solicitors in Edinburgh for a number of years. An experienced charity lawyer David provided advice to a wide range of Scottish-based charities on such matters as governance, management and legal issues.

Now retired, David continues to serve as a trustee on a number of Scottish charitable trusts and is the main point of contact as Secretary of the Trust