Asia Scotland Trustees

The Trustees are a tightly-knit group which meets monthly and takes a pro-active approach to matters in hand.

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.

Tom Addyman BA, MA Conservation Studies, York  a leading expert in his field, is principal of Addyman Archaeology and Partner at Simpson & Brown Architects, Edinburgh. He has extensive experience as an archaeologist and buildings historian in relation to architectural conservation, and has led many significant research projects in the UK and overseas including India, particularly Kolkata and Punjab. He has published and lectured widely and teaches on the MA building conservation course, ESALA, University of Edinburgh.

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. He was previously the Chief Executive of Asia House, London, where he drove its mission to educate and inform the people of the UK about the region extending from the Gulf to Japan. 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.

Philippa Vaughan BA Hon is an art historian with extensive experience of conservation and heritage issues in the Indian subcontinent. After over a decade at Christie’s King Street she became a Founder Trustee, and later Director of Projects, of The Calcutta Tercentenary Trust working in Calcutta. She acted as Consultant archaeologist and art historian to 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 and a Vice-President of the Royal Asiatic Society 1995-2001.

Dorian Wiszniewski B Arch, Dip Arch, PhD 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 whose built and design projects have received many awards and been published and exhibited internationally. His academic articles are 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.

Sir Rob Young GCMG 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.

Development Director

Jane Burridge BSc Dip Arch has been in senior management roles for over twenty

Years and takes a creative approach to projects and their solutions. As a partner of SHS BURRIDGE Architects her expertise is in critical analysis & planning, liaising closely with clients to formulate briefs and achieve the aspirations of user groups. She also has a particular skillset advising Charitable Development Trusts, is a Consultant to SKS Scotland developing sustainable social businesses, and is a Board member of Gorebridge Community Development Trust.


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

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