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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.