Trustees and Patrons

Trustees and Patrons

The Eric Liddell Centre is led by a Board of Directors who act as Trustees of the charity. The board are elected by our members at the Annual General Meeting and all live and work in or close to Edinburgh.


Alexander McCall Smith

A former Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh, Alexander McCall Smith has written more than 100 books, including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and children’s books. He is best known for The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, set in Botswana, which has been translated into 46 languages and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The eighteenth volume in the series, The House of Unexpected Sisters, has recently been published. McCall Smith is also the author of The Sunday Philosophy Club series, set in Edinburgh, and the 44 Scotland Street series, which first appeared as a daily novel in The Scotsman newspaper. The series now runs to twelve volumes, the most recent of which, A Time of Love and Tartan, has just been published. McCall Smith has written a number of stand-alone novels, including The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse; My Italian Bulldozer; and Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction in 2015.

Alexander McCall Smith holds a number of awards, including thirteen honorary doctorates from universities throughout the world. In 2007 he was made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to literature, and in 2011 he received an award from the President of Botswana for his services through literature to that country. McCall Smith received the US Duke LEAF Award for Environmental Achievement in 2013, and in 2017 he was presented with the National Arts Club of America Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature.

Sue Caton

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

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.


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.

Dr Jane Chidwick - Vice Chair

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 1980s.

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.

Mr Colin Baillie - Treasurer

Colin was appointed as a Trustee and as Treasurer in 2019. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 40 years experience in the accounting profession and the manufacturing and financial services sectors. Most recently he has spent 24 years in The Royal Bank of Scotland holding a number of senior finance positions across the Retail and Operations Divisions, gaining significant experience in growing businesses in a cost effective manner.

Having recently retired Colin was looking for an opportunity to make use of his skills in the voluntary sector and a family experience with dementia drew him to the ELC.

Colin is married to Elizabeth and they have three boys. He enjoys sailing and together they enjoy walking and exploring in their campervan.

Mrs Fiona Waddell

Fiona has been married to Andrew for nearly 44 years and they have 2 grown-up children and 4 grandchildren (No 5 due in October).

Work History: Research Technician in Molecular Biology for 7 years, Student Nurse 4 years, Staff Nurse 2 years, Clinical Research Sister 15 years, Project Manager 5 years, Director of Scientific Company 20 years (to present), Personal Counsellor 30 years, Clinical Hypnotherapist 26 years, life and career coach 20 years, Expert Witness 20 years, Mentor for women in business and science (4 years).

Interests: People, crime and forensics, reading, baking, cooking, socialising with friends, quiz nights

Positions: Director Consultant of Business Network International, Trustee at The Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh, Legal/Financial Trustee of client with brain injury, Mentor for Aspire and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Kendall Allan

Kendall was appointed as a Trustee in 2020. She is currently a Trainee Solicitor working in commercial law, qualifying in Summer 2020. She has spent a number of years volunteering in both legal agencies and charities.

She has a passion for working with the elderly and those who suffer from Dementia. She has been working with Alzheimer Scotland, both volunteering and fundraising since 2016 following the passing of her Nanna, who suffered from Dementia for three years and whom she became very close to during this time.

In her spare time, Kendall likes to climb Munros, explore Scotland and travel. She is now learning French and plans to learn some Spanish so she can visit countries all over the world!

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.

Mr Mike Billinghurst

Michael became a Trustee in 2018 and has been in the Hospitality & Retail industry all his life. Originally from Angus, where his parents had a hotel, he went to school and university in Edinburgh.

After University Michael worked with his parents in their restaurant in Perth before moving to Edinburgh in 1998 where he has remained since. He has worked in two of Edinburgh’s top speciality food shops before opening his own Delicatessen in Bruntsfield with his wife in 2014. In 2019 their shop was announced as a finalist in The Guild of Fine Foods 2020 Shop of the Year Awards.

Michael is married to Charlotte and they have two sons both at school locally. Michael’s interests are food and wine and he enjoys reading about motorsport and history.

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 years 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.

Ms Tirion Seymour

Tirion was appointed as a Trustee in October 2019, serving also on the Caring Services Committee. Tirion is a former employee of the Eric Liddell Centre, having worked in the LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Older People) collaborative project until March 2019. She currently works for a national charity as a Service User Engagement officer.

As well as her work in the third sector, Tirion has a background in social science research, exploring the role of third sector organisation support for long term health conditions. In her spare time Tirion enjoys movies, the theatre and travelling.

‘I’ve seen first hand the importance of community services to support the health and wellbeing of individuals. I’m delighted to be part of the important work of the Eric Liddell Centre.’

Dr Diane MacLean

Diane became a trustee in August 2020 – a very interesting time to take on the role…

She is Dean of the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University, which enjoys a strong relationship with the Eric Liddell Centre.

Prior to joining academia she worked at the BBC as a documentary-maker, and continues to make documentaries for the Gaelic language channel BBC Alba.  She also worked for the Scotsman, writing for their heritage site, and when she has time, continues to write freelance for magazines like Scottish Field.  She is currently involved in a project to film the oral history of everyone involved in the Scottish jazz scene.  She travels to the Hebrides at least once a year to recharge batteries and ignore the rain.

Diane lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three mostly grown up sons.

Ms Gillian Baxendine

Gillian became a Trustee in 2021 when she was looking for a way to contribute more to the local community and was inspired by the vital role the Eric Liddell Centre played in supporting vulnerable people through the pandemic.

Gillian has worked at the Scottish Parliament since it was established in 1999 and is now head of the Participation and Communities Team, helping as many people as possible to have their voices and experiences heard in Parliament.

She has two nearly grown up children and as a local Bruntsfield resident has attended family activities and classes at the Eric Liddell Centre for many years.  In her spare time she is a volunteer mentor for vulnerable young people and she enjoys swimming in the sea, making sourdough and relaxing on the sofa with one of her two cats and a good book.

Anne Gallacher

Anne Gallacher is Director of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation.

Originally from Edinburgh, Anne moved to Birmingham in the early 90s to join Birmingham City Council’s arts team.  She went on to hold posts with West Midlands Arts, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Watford Palace Theatre, and worked as a consultant with organisations including Arts Council England, The Reading Agency and A New Direction.  In 2005 she was awarded a Clore Leadership Fellowship.

Anne moved back to Scotland to become the founding Director of Luminate in 2012, making Bruntsfield her home.  In her current post she works with older people, artists and cultural organisations across Scotland, and she is passionate about the positive impacts that the arts and creativity can have on our lives as we age.

Anne is also Chair of the Board of All or Nothing, Scotland’s leading aerial dance company.