Trustees and Patrons


The Eric Liddell Centre is led by a board of directors who act as the trustees of the charity. The board are elected by our members at the Annual General Meeting and all live or work locally.

Mr Alasdair Seale - Chairman

Alasdair has been a Trustee for over 3 years and is on the Finance & General Purposes committee.  He’s the Managing Director and owner of Trinity Factors – the Bruntsfield based property manager and lettings specialists (who look after our former caretaker’s flat on the 2nd and 3rd floor)

He brings finance and business knowledge and experience to the Board.  He’s a member of the Rotary Club of Braids and does a lot of charity work – both hands-on and as a board member.  In his free time, he enjoys family time and wild water swimming.  Malt whisky is also on his list of interests – it seems whisky and cold water swimming go well together. Never far from a good cause he recently spent time working on water and drainage systems at a hospital on the island of Ukerewe.

Ms Isabel J McCallum

Isabel trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital (and 2 other London hospitals) before moving to Edinburgh to complete her midwifery training. She spent most of her clinical career in Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, specialising in paediatric Intensive Care and Neonatal Surgery before becoming Director of Nursing – first for the Edinburgh Sick Children’s Trust and then Lothian University Hospitals Trust. Her final post for five years prior to retirement was as Project, then Clinical, Director for the project to build the new Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh.

She now is a Trustee of several charities and is a member of the Rotary Club of Braids. Her family is very important to her – which of course includes her dog Hamish!

She enjoys being ‘a lady that lunches’, travelling to the west coast of Scotland as well as spending time in her garden – always looking for new ways to attract wildlife to her garden and pond.

Mr Alistair Webster BA, CA, FCIOBS - Company Treasurer

Alistair is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience at executive level in the areas of finance and risk in the engineering and financial services sectors. He has retired from full-time employment but in addition to being Treasurer of the EL Centre, he is a Lay Governor of Glasgow Caledonian University. His interests include keeping fit, gym, cycling and walking, travel and reading.

Dr Jenny Dawe

Jenny became a Trustee in June 2013 and is on the Caring Services Quality Assurance Committee.  She also volunteers in the Bookroom.

Jenny’s working life has been varied.  It includes 14 years in rural areas of Tanzania and Malawi running libraries and home educating her four sons.  Getting a PhD in African History as a mature student at Edinburgh University was combined with tutoring, sub-editing an arts journal and work in community relations. She worked in the welfare rights field in the Lothians for nearly 20 years.

Elected as a City of Edinburgh Councillor in 1997 and Group Leader in 1999, Jenny was Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council from 2007 to 2012.

Retirement now allows her to enjoy gardening, genealogy, graves (including for the Grange Association cemetery group) and grandchildren.

Mr David Smith

Prior to his appointment as a Trustee he was a solicitor and senior partner of a large Scottish firm with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. He retired in 2008 and since then has been on the Board of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (2008-2011), he is a non-executive Director of an Investment Trust and is still involved in providing expert reports in relation to claims of negligence against solicitors. He has have lived in Morningside for the last 25 years and work as under gardener (following his wife’s instructions to the letter) in our large garden and plays golf, but not as often as is necessary to see a marked improvement in his game.

His wife is a senior judge and we have two grown up children who live in London. His wife and him are keen supporters of Scottish Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and are Patrons of the National Galleries, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Mrs Amanda Pringle

She was born in Gateshead and her family moved to Dunfermline when she was about 6 years old. Both parents both still live locally.

She took degree in Durham which she finished in 1984 and really didn’t know what she wanted to do. She ended up running a restaurant in Glasgow, but in later 1985 fell off a pair of high heels while working one night, and broke her left knee cap. She realised that she couldn’t go on working split shifts and 14 hour days on her feet so she resigned and applied for law school in London.

After it finished, she got a job with a medium sized law firm in the City and did her traineeship there and then worked post qualification in the employment unit of the firm. After a few years, she volunteered for redundancy and went to Kings College in London to do a Master’s Degree in employment law.

She met Julie Calleux doing her Master’s Degree and became friends. When the degree finished, she and Julie decided to set up a specialist employment law firm together. At that time, Julie’s father had just sold his business to a large company in France and he put them in contact with the Chief Finance Officer in the UK subsidiary. He encouraged both of them to go ahead and to be a limited company rather than a solicitor’s practice and he gave them their first job. This was 1994.

She and Julie have worked together ever since, advising organisations and individuals on employment law matters, covering everything from grievances, disciplinaries and redundancies to TUPE transfers, business re-organisations and cross border issues. She loves her job and when she gets the chance, every day, to help people.

She moved back to Scotland about 12 years ago and got remarried. She has three step sons.

Ms Anne Black

Anne became a Trustee this summer and is just finding her feet!

She is on the Caring Services Quality Assurance Committee and trained as a social worker at Nottingham University after a first degree at Edinburgh. She always intended to be a Maths teacher but somehow became a social worker. At least maths was useful for helping families work out their budgets!
She has worked in Edinburgh and Midlothian in a variety of posts covering services for children and families, vulnerable adults, home care and for many years managed the Emergency Duty Team. She spent nine months working on the Orkney Enquiry on child abuse- a very different experience from city social work.  Since retiring she has done a number of serious case reviews and provided consultancy for solo managers.

She was involved in a group for older people living in Care Homes where we tried to ensure that their voices were heard in planning their care.

Now she is enjoying seeing more of friends and family and keeping her garden colourful. She enjoys walking and is trying to get better at identifying which birds she is seeing!

Ms Christine Pollock

Christine is a new Trustee for the Charity having been appointed in 2015. Presently she is a Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care.

She is also a registered nurse and before becoming a nurse educator worked in a number of Edinburgh hospitals delivering A&E, high dependency and medical nursing care. Her teaching responsibilities in the School are across the undergraduate and post-graduate spectrum. She has taught students around the world in Asia and Europe, though she has only travelled to Singapore to teach in person. She is also a student at the University of Durham Education Department, studying for an Educational Doctorate.

Her appointment as a trustee has been part of the drive by the Charity to work closely within the local and wider community. The link it provides nurtures opportunities for both parties to collaborate and enhance the work and reputation of the Eric Liddell Centre and the Edinburgh Napier University. She looks forward to being part of that work.

Ms Maureen Harrison

Maureen Harrison has over 30 years experience in the Scottish Voluntary sector. She was Scottish Director of Imperial Cancer Research Fund for 13 years, managing all fundraising and marketing activities including the establishment of 60 charity shops from Thurso to Dumfries. She moved to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation in 1997 and served as Chief Executive until her retirement in early 2015. During that time she was Chair of the Institute of Fundraising Scotland for two years and also involved in the development of The new Charity law for Scotland in the early part of the last decade.

I am very proud to be associated with the Eric Liddell Centre which embodies the very best traditions of the voluntary sector- staff and volunteers working together with the community to ensure that much needed services are provided in an effective and caring way.

Mrs Catherine McCallum - Vice Chair

Catherine is a new Trustee for the Charity having been appointed in 2015.

She has held a wide range of jobs over the last nearly 40 years. Initially she worked in careers guidance providing advice to both school leavers then adults looking for career change. For a short time she lectured at Napier University before moving to a business development role at Telford College, where she developed a lifelong interest in training and people development. As Director of Training at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce she oversaw the delivery of training to both unemployed job seekers and those upskilling in work, particularly leadership and management skills. She further developed her business and financial acumen as a senior executive working in a successful dotcom start-up in Edinburgh.

For the last five years Catherine has been working with her husband running a financial advisory company in Edinburgh.

She has two married sons living in Edinburgh and three grandchildren who keep her very busy. In her spare time she enjoys walking and is planning to take up golf when she retires in a few years.


  • Alexander McCall Smith
    Alexander McCall Smith

  • Lord David Puttnam
    Lord David Puttnam

  • Sue Liddell Caton
    Sue Liddell Caton

Alexander McCall Smith

Local author Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books, including the “44 Scotland Street” series, translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers throughout the world.

Lord David Puttnam

David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including Chariots of Fire, The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D’Or at Cannes.

David is the present Chancellor of the Open University and has been Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).

He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the ‘creative and communications’ industries.

David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006.

Sue Liddell Caton

Born and bred in Edinburgh, Sue is the niece of Eric Liddell and has been involved in the Centre since its opening.