About us

Our people

SHBT offers a range of expertise in the built environment including architecture, building conservation, heritage management, urban design, fundraising, property management and administration, and, financial management through experienced and qualified staff members. 

Director - Una Richards MA, CIOB, CIAT

Una has over 20 years experience in delivering building conservation projects of up to £6 million.  Before joining SHBT in 2006 she was Head of Buildings at the National Trust for Scotland, as well as managing the team of building surveyors, she delivered three major building projects including Newhailes House, Musselburgh and the Trusts own premises at Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.  Prior to this she was Senior Associate for Simpson and Brown Architects. 

Fundraising - Julie Forster 

Julie has worked in Development in Queen’s University Belfast, Heriot-Watt University and the University of St Andrews on a variety of major projects.  She then worked with National Trust for Scotland as Major Donor Manager before coming to SHBT.  Her work has included the development and fundraising for major capital projects including new libraries, heritage sites and educational projects.  Julie works with a network of donors and foundations to ensure that every SHBT project has a strong case for support for philanthropy including donations, legacies, grants and corporate support.

Project Officer - Audrey Dakin MA (Hons), DipArch MSc, RIBA, RIAS

Audrey is an architect specialising in the conservation of historic buildings with a masters degree in architectural conservation. She is a part-time lecturer and tutor on the postgraduate Architectural Conservation course at the Edinburgh College of Art. She was a Trustee of the Built Environment Forum Scotland and Director of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland. Previously, she was a conservation architect at Historic Scotland managing research project in a wide range of subjects from Scottish slate, traditional windows and fire protection of historic buildings

Property Manager - Gail Raselli BA (Hons), PGDE Primary

Gail graduated in export studies and languages and gained 10 years experience in sales and marketing predominantly within the food and drink sector, developing large retail accounts of between 12 million to £32 million. More recently Gail pursued her Post Graduate Primary Education qualification. She manages both the Glasite Meeting House and Riddle's Court and runs the educational programmes at Riddle's Court.

Property Manager - Elizabeth Mackay, Ex PA Dip; LS Dip; LP (Civil Lit)

Elizabeth has a wide range of experience in the Legal, Administration and Accounting sectors with a voluntary background in the restoration of historic buildings.   She has been with SHBT for almost six years and currently manages and operates from Strathleven House, (Serviced Business Centre), Dumbarton.  Also, she has for several years overseen the property management of Blackburn House, Laws Close and Greenlaw Town Hall.   Prior to working for SHBT she primarily worked in the Legal Sector (Civil Litigation) and in her earlier career successfully ran, for many years, her own advisory/support business (principally for new start-up businesses).

Audience Development Officer - Rachel Connolly

Rachel is an award nominated journalist and award winning marketer. Rachel’s journalism career has seen articles published in national publications including consumer magazine Time Out and business magazine Property Week. Her marketing career has seen her manage the Transport for London Olympic Games Roadshow, build a Christmas Tree out of Jack Daniels Barrels in Covent Garden London, organise trade stands with 7ft Robots, launch a world first $1million collection of whiskey in Harrods and through the line digital, print, social, OOH campaigns globally in some cases in 12 different languages in multiple locations globally. 

Education Officer - Russell Clegg MA (Hons), PGCE (Primary)


Russell is a history graduate of the University of Edinburgh and, following his postgraduate qualification, taught for ten years in East Lothian. In 2011, following a year living abroad, Russell returned to Edinburgh to work for the City of Edinburgh Council as an Adult Education tutor, delivering a programme of sessions around the civic collections in the city’s museums and galleries. He was appointed heritage and outreach officer for Edinburgh Council in 2014 where he coordinated and delivered public engagement activities for the Assembly Rooms, including a touring exhibition, and for the Church Hill Theatre’s Golden Jubilee in 2015.

Jennifer Mackay - Finance Manager BSc, IFA, FTA

Graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Social Science in 1992. Trained as an Accountant in Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified in July 2000 with the ACCA.

Currently holds a Practicing Certificate with the IFA and runs a small accountancy practice, started working as a Consultant for SHBT in April 2009, undertaking Bookkeeping and Accountancy Services. From August 2010 has continued to work part time for SHBT as Finance Manager, undertaking the day to day Financial Management which includes general bookkeeping, budgetary control and preparation of year end accounts.


SHBT is governed by a Board of Trustees who come from a variety of professions and disciplines which reflect the wide ranging objectives and business of the Trust. 

The Trustees are:

  • Colin Bryce - Designer (former Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Social Science, Napier University)

  • John Campbell QC (Chair, SHBT) - Advocate (Queen's Counsel)

  • Charles Guest - Property Surveyor (Partner, Ryden)

  • Ken Lindsay - Property Consultant 

  • John Lowrey - Architectural Historian (Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh)

  • Marilyne MacLaren - Educationalist

  • Ian Marrian - Accountant (former Chief Executive Institute of Chartered Accountants)

  • Ian McLennan - Solicitor 

  • George McNeill - Planner (former Head of Planning, West Lothian Council)

  • Eddie Tait - Civil Servant (former Chief Executive Grants, Historic Scotland)

  • Norman Wilkinson - Quantity Surveyor

  • Maggie Wright - Public Relations Consultant