Trustees and Patrons

Trustees

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 in Edinburgh.

Mrs Amanda Pringle - Chair

Amanda became a Trustee in August 2014 and was appointed as Chair in 2019.

Amanda has worked as an employment lawyer for over 25 years, firstly as a solicitor in the city in London, where she qualified and latterly, with her own consultancy business which is based in London and in Scotland. She has a wealth of experience advising organisations and individuals on employment law matters, particularly focusing on grievances and disciplinary issues and business reorganisations. Amanda is never happier than when she is helping people sort out problems.

Amanda moved back to Scotland about 17 years ago and lives with her husband, step sons and assorted animals. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, cooking and looking after her trusty Trabant.

Ms Maureen Harrison

Maureen Harrison was appointed as a Trustee in 2015. She 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.”

Dr Jane Chidwick

Jane Chidwick has been a trustee since 2015. Born in Malaysia but raised in Edinburgh, she worked as a GP in Morningside for over 25 years. She spent a year in China in 1986 – 1987 teaching English to doctors in Shengjing hospital, founded by Scottish medical missionaries in Shenyang, North East China in the 1880s. Since retirement she keeps busy looking after a husband, dog and grownup children who keep coming home. Apart from the ELC she is an elder at her church where she is involved in the Pastoral Care Team. She also enjoys birdwatching, occasional hillwalking and trying to learn Chinese.

Mrs Catherine McCallum

Catherine was appointed as a Trustee of the Eric Liddell Centre 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 seven 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.

Professor Tracy Humphrey

Tracy joined as a Trustee in 2018.  She is currently a Professor of Midwifery and Dean of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University.  She has worked as a clinical academic in a range of settings and in a variety of senior clinical, management, educational and research roles across Scotland.

As a Professor of Midwifery, she has influenced and implemented national maternal and neonatal policies in Scotland through her research, practice and leadership roles.  She is a also government advisor for maternal and child health policy and holds a public appointment as a Non-Executive Board Director at NHS Lothian. Her areas of research and publications are on reducing unnecessary interventions during childbirth and improving outcomes for women and families in remote and rural areas through educational and service improvement initiatives.  Internationally she is known for her work with Ministries of Health in low and middle income countries developing policy, education programmes and maternity services to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.

She has experience of caring for her grandmother who died of Alzheimer’s a few years ago.  Her interests are running, walking, travelling, reading and she is also a dog lover.

Mrs Fiona Waddell

Mr Mike Billinghurst

Mr Colin Baillie - Treasurer

Ms Irene Adams OBE

Irene Adams was appointed as a Trustee of the Eric Liddell Centre in 2019. Born and educated in Edinburgh, she spent a couple of years in London before relocating to South Africa,  for 14 during which time she married and had two sons.

Returning to the UK in 1985, Irene worked in Northampton for Rockware Glass and Plastics in Sales and Marketing before moving to London where she spent a short time in publishing before joining Morgan Grenfell Asset Management (Deutsche Asset Management) where she remained for 14 years

She held a role as Global Business Development Director, before retiring and returning to Scotland in 2002.  Irene was involved in the start up and sale of the UK Green Investment Bank headquartered in Edinburgh. She now presently works as Special Advisor to Lord Smith of Kelvin for Alliance Trust, British Business Bank and IMI plc.

She is a  former Board member of Inspiring Scotland and currently a Trustee of the Glasgow School of Art Development Trust.

Irene was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Years Honours List for services to the UK Green Economy.

Her hobbies include golf, gardening, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

Patrons

  • Alexander McCall Smith
    Alexander McCall Smith
    Patrons

  • Lord David Puttnam
    Lord David Puttnam
    Patrons

  • Sue Liddell Caton
    Sue Liddell Caton
    Patrons

Alexander McCall Smith
Patrons

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
Patrons

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
Patrons

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