CPK Board Members

Culture Perth and Kinross Limited – Directors

Culture Perth and Kinross is a Company Limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish Charity. It also operates a trading subsidiary which delivers café, retail and venue hire services across its venues. There is a Board of Directors, chaired Charles Kinnoull and comprised of 9 highly experienced individuals bringing expert knowledge and support to the organisation including in business, finance, law, public sector, marketing and sales as well as the Arts.

All our Board Members work with us on a voluntary basis and do not receive payment for their role with Culture Perth and Kinross.

The Board meet quarterly in full and on a regular basis through a number of smaller sub-committees and working groups designed to ensure robust scrutiny and governance of the organisation is in place. To contact a member of the Board please email enquiries@culturepk.org.uk

Councillor Chris Ahern

Chris Ahern was born in London and lived in the south of England before joining the Royal Air Force. He served in the UK and Germany and saw detachments in the Falklands, Cyprus and Sardinia. On leaving the RAF he worked with British Aerospace to help establish a new Reconnaissance Squadron in the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Chris has now lived in Scotland for 21 years and worked briefly as a Prison Officer in Perth Prison and later as the Practice manager for Condies Solicitors where he worked for 13 years.

Chris is also a Director of the Perth and Kinross ADHD Support Group helping families of those that have ADHD and associated disorders.


Georgina Bullough

Georgina Bullough has lived in Perthshire for over 15 years and currently works as associate director in executive research. She has a Scottish retailing background as menswear buyer and then marketing director. She has an understanding of the principles of retail, insight into the Perth & Kinross (P&K) customer base and experience in a senior management team running an SME in a challenging market. As a Deputy Lieutenant of P&K she has project managed VVIP events.  Georgina is a trustee on the boards of Horsecross Arts and Culture P&K.  She has recently completed the IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety & Health) certificates of Managing Safely, Leading Safely and Directing Safely and attends the quarterly Health & Safety Meetings for Horsecross Arts as Board representative. She is in discussions with Culture P&K to perform a similar role.



Jason Elles, Vice-Chair

Jason Elles, Vice-ChairJason Elles CA, is a former partner at EY (Ernst & Young) where he spent most of his working life. He specialised  in dealing with companies in financial difficulties, financial restructuring and crisis management. Now retired, he is a trustee and director of several charities in the arts field and building restoration world where his financial acumen is much appreciated.

He is a trustee and vice chair of Horsecross Arts.

Married with three children and four grandchildren, he lives outside Coupar Angus.

His interests are the arts, fishing, golf and sport.


James Findlay QC

James Findlay QCJames Findlay QC has stayed in Perthshire for over 10 years, having previously lived in London and originally comes from South Ayrshire.  He is currently practising as both an advocate in Scotland and as a barrister in England and Wales, specialising in local government, planning, environmental and licensing matters.

He was Head of Chambers in his London chambers until 2014 and is currently chair of the Scottish Planning, Local Government and Environmental Law Bar Group.

He is also chair of the Findo Gask Community Association.  He has three children and his wife is a supply primary school teacher.



Plum Grossart

Plum GrossartPlum Grossart was born and brought up in Edinburgh.  Plum spent 9 years in London, including four years training at Camberwell College of Art as a paper conservator, and then returned to Scotland, working as a conservator at Glasgow University Library and the National Library in Edinburgh. She stopped full-time work to bring up her family, whilst maintaining an active interest in the arts and conservation in Scotland.

Amongst her voluntary roles have been committee membership of “Art on the Rock” and “Art off the Rock” in Stirling. Plum lives on the Perth/Fife border and runs a busy family home with three children and four step-children. Plum hopes to bring an informed, practical and common sense contribution to CPK.



Simon Howie

Simon HowieSimon Howie is based at Dunning in rural Perthshire. He has a range of manufacturing and service businesses which employs over 400 people.

He is best known for his Butchers business which now supplies the UK’s top supermarkets, hotels & restaurants, and has two shops in Auchterarder and Perth High Street.

From a cultural perspective Simon is a committed musician and as such he plays Accordion in the dance band which he formed over 30 years ago.



Charles Kinnoull, Chair

Charles Kinnoull, ChairCharles Kinnoull is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords. A qualified barrister, he spent 25 years working for Hiscox Group, the specialist international insurer.

Among other things, Hiscox is the largest specialist insurer of art & heritage in Europe, an area that he ran.

Charles is also Chairman of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust, President of the Royal Caledonian Charities Trust and a board member of Horsecross Arts, among other voluntary involvement.




Councillor Andrew Parrott

Councillor Andrew Parrott

Born in London, he graduated from Aberdeen University before starting a career in the British Army.

As an officer in the Royal Corps of Transport and later the Royal Logistic Crops he spent much of his career abroad, serving with the Brigade of Gurkhas in Hong Kong, the British Army of the Rhine and the Belize Garrison. He saw operational service in Northern Ireland and the Gulf. In his final appointment in the Army he headed up the movements planning team within the armed forces staff responsible for global movements and logistics. Since leaving the army after 36 years service, Andrew has become actively involved with local politics, having joined the SNP just prior to the 2011 Scottish Election. He also works as a volunteer with the John Muir Trust, The Royal Scottish Geographical Society and the Perth and Kinross Credit Union. His other interests include military history and railway history.


Sandie Dawe

Sandie Dawe

Having spent 30 years in the tourism industry promoting Britain internationally Sandie is now an active Trustee and non-executive director in a number of culture, heritage and business organisations.

As CEO of VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, she led the strategy to maximise the tourism benefits of the London 2012 Olympics, played a leading role in the UK Government’s GREAT campaign, and saw visitor numbers reach record levels.

She is a Director of London & Partners, Advisor to Four Communications, one of the UK’s largest independent communications agencies, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot Watt University. She has served as a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and as chair of Kids in Museums.

Sandie was born in Sri Lanka of Scottish parents, she has an MA from Edinburgh University, a business diploma from Napier University and AMP from INSEAD. She divides her time between London and Perthshire, where she is trying to rebuild a very neglected garden.

In the New Year Honours of 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to tourism.


Kathleen Baird

Kathleen lives in the Abernethy area, family and now grandchildren attend local schools and she has been  involved with Girlguiding for many years and held a variety of different posts. For many years Kathleen did Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast and welcomed visitors from all over the world, juggling B&B with Council work. Kathleen served on Perth and Kinross Council from 1999 – 2007, and was active on various committees including Festival of the Arts and Lifelong Learning representing Abernethy & Glenfarg. From 2007 -2012 she was a member of the multi member ward of Kinross-shire & Glenfarg. Kathleen was re-elected to represent Almond & Earn at a by-election in  April 2016 and re-elected again in May 2017.

Currently, Kathleen is Convenor of the Licensing Board, a member of Lifelong Learning Committee & various other committees.

In her spare time Kathleen attends the SWI, is President of Abdie SWI and a member of Perth Trefoil Guild. Kathleen also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

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