Asia Scotland Trustees

Bruce Kerr, QC is Chairman of the Asia Scotland Trust and a former court lawyer. He was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh before practising for 21 years as an Advocate in the Scottish courts. He then sat as a Sheriff in Glasgow for 5 years (1994-1999) and served for 15 years (1999-2014) as Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde,  a post comprising both judicial and administrative components in charge of the whole court system in one of Scotland’s six sheriffdoms.

James Simpson, OBE HonDSc FRIAS is an architect & architectural historian, a founding partner of Simpson & Brown, Architects in Edinburgh. He has published & lectured extensively, authored the British Standard Guide to the Conservation of Historic buildings (BS7913:1998) and is an Executive Committee member of ICOMOS-UK. He has worked in India since 2004 on such sites as the Golden Temple and the Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar, the Victoria Memorial Hall and the Scottish Cemetery in Calcutta.”

Roddy Gow, OBE is the Founder and Chairman of the Asia Scotland Institute. He is also the Founding Partner of Canongate Partners, an international executive search and consulting firm and Chairman of the Plant for Peace Foundation (UK) focused on building long term agrarian solution in Afghanistan. He was previously Chief Executive of Asia House in London, where he drove its mission to educate and inform the people of the UK about a region extending from the Gulf in the West to Japan in the East. He is a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers) and holds an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge in Fine Arts and Architecture.

Dr. Dorian Wiszniewski is a senior academic in Architecture, Urban Design and Architectural Theory at the University of Edinburgh. He is also Partner in Wiszniewski Thomson Architects, Edinburgh.  Built and design projects have received many awards and been published and exhibited internationally. Academic articles have been published in more than 15 countries. Recent research concerns the city and water, with specific studies in India including the cities of Bombay/Mumbai and Calcutta/Kolkata.


Phillipa Vaughan is an art historian with extensive experience of conservation and heritage issues in the Indian subcontinent. After more than a decade at Christie’s King Street  she became a Founder Trustee, and later Director of Projects, of The Calcutta Tercentenary Trust focused on conservation, restoration and education in heritage issues in Calcutta and West Bengal. She acted also as Consultant archaeologist and art historian to the British Council and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture on World Heritage Monuments in South Asia and curated on behalf of the British Council an exhibition for the Golden Jubilee of Pakistan which was opened in Islamabad by HM The Queen. She was Director of the Royal Asiatic Society 1995-98 and a Vice-President 1998-2001.

Sir Rob Young spent his career in HM Diplomatic Service.  An Arabist and Middle East specialist, his postings included Cairo and Damascus, as well as Head of Middle East Department in London in the 1980s.  He also enjoyed two postings to Paris, latterly as Minister. His last job was as British High Commissioner to India from 1999 to 2003.  Since retirement, Sir Rob has held a number of positions in both the voluntary and private sectors.  He was a Commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves for eight years, and is Chairman of the Calcutta Tercentenary Trust.

Sangeetha Kanekal Tilak: Sangeetha is a conservation architect for Simpson Brown Architects.  She works part-time for the Asia Scotland Trust and has recently been appointed as Development Director.

Kenneth Ferguson: Kenneth Ferguson is principal of Kenneth Ferguson and Partners, Quantity Surveyors.  He has extensive experience in Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying and Project Organisation Services, Although he is not a Trustee his voluntary contributions to the Trust are an invaluable resource.

Tom Addyman: Tom is principal of Addyman Archaeology. He has extensive experience as an archaeologist and has participated in over 300 archaeological excavations in the UK and internationally. He is a leading expert in his field.

John Keay: is a British historian, journalist, radio presenter and lecturer specialising in popular histories of India, the Far East and China, often with a particular focus on their colonisation and exploration by Europeans. In particular, he is widely seen as a pre-eminent historian of British India. He is known both for stylistic flair and meticulous research into archival primary sources, including centuries-old unpublished sources.

The Asia Scotland Trust is a registered Scottish charity. Scottish Charity No. SCO45273. Companies House No. SC464144

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