About Us

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust plays a unique role in preserving and promoting the nations heritage. The Trust collaborates with local communities and others to preserve significant properties at risk in Scotland. With a small team and no public funding we have already restored over 30 buildings and raised in excess of £25 million

Our team have specialist skills in historic building preservation, event management, property administration, fundraising, expertise in interpretation and delivering educational programmes.

Our Vision

The Trust’s mission is to conserve at-risk, historically significant buildings by giving them fresh life, economic viability and purpose in the local community.

Through interpretation and education programmes, we engage with the community and heritage specialists to discover each building’s unique story, contributing to Scotland’s reputation for outstanding heritage.

SHBT is a custodian of historic buildings with unique importance. Our Mission is to create a sustainable future for historic buildings that are treasured by, and relevant to, the communities they serve. We seek to achieve this through providing rentable office space, educational & learning opportunities, wedding and venue hire, and an interesting range of events and performances.

Our People

As a charity we operate with a small team representing the key disciplines of architecture, project management, facilities management, finance, fundraising and education.

We are supported by a very active group of Trustees with experience in property, public relations, finance, community relations and law.

Volunteers are key to our work and support us with events, special tours, archiving and research.

Our Team

Una Richards – Chief Executive
Fiona Lawrence – General Manager Property
Colin Gilmour – Project Manager
Gail Raselli – Events Manager
Elizabeth MacKay – Strathleven House Property Manager
Louise Cooper – Custom House Property Manager
Roseanne Tye – Digital and Events Co-Ordinator
Jennifer Mackay – Finance Manager
Ezani Baharuddin – Finance Assistant

SHBT Our Team at Scottish Historic Buildings Trust
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Our Trustees

Maggie Wright – Chair
John Campbell, QC
James Dawnay
Charles Guest
Sue Jarvie
Ken Lindsay
John Lowrey
Ian Marrian
Ian McLennan
George McNeill
Bill Thomson
Norman Wilkinson

Venue Hire & Weddings

Looking to hold a Conference, host a key meeting? We have beautiful rooms with excellent facilities at Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh’s Old Town, Strathleven House, Dumbarton and Custom House Leith to accommodate your event.

Should you be looking for an intimate romantic historic setting for your wedding speak to our Events team to learn how we can help organise and host your very special day.

Edinburgh Venue Hire - Riddles Court, Historic Location in Edinburgh for your event