Board of Governors

The Governors of  Merchiston are responsible for the running of the charitable trust. Some Governors also serve on Committees. The composition of the Board is aimed at ensuring a wide scope of business and educational experience as well as an understanding of the ethos of the School. The position is unpaid.   

Malcolm GourlayChairman: JM Gourlay BCom, CPA, CA: Malcolm was educated at Merchiston (56-61) and graduated with a BCom from Edinburgh University in 1964. After an initial period in the merchant banking sector he spent over 30 years in the oil and gas industry. His first involvement was as a founder Director of Clyde Petroleum plc, where he became Chief Executive and ultimately Executive Chairman, and then he was the non-executive Chairman of Paladin Resources plc. He was Deputy Chairman of Bibby Line Group and has served on a number of other boards, as a non-executive Director, including The Miller Group and Second Scottish National Trust PLC. He is currently non-executive Chairman of Martin Currie Limited and Havelock Europa PLC.  Malcolm is married to Avril and they have three grown up children, Natalie, Christopher (who attended Merchiston) and Sarah-Jane.  Malcolm is currently Chairman and a member of the School's Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Members of the Board:

Hugh MauleHPG Maule, MA: Hugh was educated at Merchiston 77-83 winning the Gibson Award for Science.  Hugh graduated with a BA in Law from Robinson College, Cambridge.  He trained at Lawrence Graham LLP 1989-91 and became an Assistant Solicitor from 91-99 having spent 18 months on secondment with Credit Suisse between 92-94.  He became a Partner in 1999, Head of Business & Finance Department (2006-2008) and Managing Partner 2008 to date.  Hugh was a consultant editor of World Stock Exchanges (A Practical Guide) published in 2007 and the consultant editor of A Practitioner's Guide to the AIM Rules published in 2008.  He is married to Alexandra; they have 3 children and a Briard dog named Hettie.


Roger BairdGRT Baird: Roger was educated at Merchiston 73-78 and during his time at School played for 1XV and captained the Scottish Schools XV in 1978.  He went on to represent Scotland 27 times and won a number of Barbarian and British Lion caps. He has been President of the Merchistonian Club 2003-05.  Off the field he is Director of JD Martin Ltd and WN Lindsay.



Lorraine WaterhouseProf LAM Waterhouse, BA, MSW: Lorraine graduated with a BA in Mathematics and Psychology and is a Master and Professor of Social Work.  She is a senior lecturer in the department of Social Policy and Social Work at Edinburgh University.  Her current research is concentrated on child care including child protection and the Children's Hearings System.   She is a member of the School's Education & Pastoral Committee.



Sally KuenssbergSCG Kuenssberg, CBE, BA, DipAdEd, FRSA: Sally is the daughter of Lord Robertson, who was a Merchiston governor for 40 years, 25 of which he spent as Chairman of the Board. She was awarded a CBE in 1990 for services to child welfare and justice. Her career has included working in publishing, lecturing, and she has held various public appointments with Health Boards in Scotland. She also serves on the boards of charities caring for children, including being the Chair of the Scottish council of Save the Children UK. Married with three grown-up children, she is a member of the Governors' Education & Pastoral Committee.


Mike RidleyRM Ridley, MA, Cert Ed: Educated at Clifton College and Oxford, Michael taught at Merchiston in the 1980s (Head of English) before becoming Headmaster of Denstone College, and then of Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He is married with two daughters. His interests include cricket, golf, travel and reading. He is Convenor of the Education & Pastoral Committee.



Steve AbramSP Abram, FICS: Stephen was at Merchiston from 1970-75.  He became a Director to Henry Abram & Sons Ltd in 1990.  He was also Director for Malin Marine Consultants.  Latterly Stephen has been the President of the Merchistonian Club 07-10. His sons also attended the School.




John BroadfootJL Broadfoot, BA, MEd: John was educated at Merchiston 62-67 and graduated from Leeds University in 1970 with BA in English.  John has recently retired as Rector of Kelvinside Academy 98-09.  He was Head of English and Drama at Strathallan School and Housemaster of Forgandenny.  John is a member of the Education & Pastoral Committee.



BM McCorkell, BA, MA: Barry was educated at Charterhouse and then graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge.  He trained as a solicitor but later went into investment management.  From 2002-06 Barry was the School's Development Director and taught History, Politics, Classical Civilization and English.   He is married to Lucy and they have three children.

Ian McAteer newI McAteer, LLB: Ian was a pupil at Dollar Academy. His younger son is in the Sixth Form; the elder also attended Merchiston and is currently reading English at Oxford. Ian works in marketing and advertising, and serves on two charity boards.




Richard NuttonR Nutton, MB, BS, MD, FRCS: Richard was educated at Sedbergh School and went on to study Medicine at Newcastle University.  He joined the North East of England Surgical Training Programme (Orthopaedics and Trauma) in 1977 and then went on to be a Harkness Fellow in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA.  Richard then returned to take up a post as Lecturer at Newcastle University and became a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons (England) and The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).  Richard is now a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh University; and an Honorary Medical Advisor for the Scottish Rugby Union.  He is married to Tessa and has 3 children, two of whom attend Merchiston.  Richard plays and watches as much sport as possible and, particularly, rugby and cricket.  He also plays golf, cycles, shoots and fishes when he is not trying to persuade things to grow in the garden!

David WhitefordD Whiteford OBE, BSc, FRSA, ARAgS: David Whiteford was a founding director of Scottish Food Quality Certification and is currently a Director of the Aberdeen University Rowett Research institute. In addition he is Chair of Scotland Food and Drink's Reputation and Communication group.  David was appointed Chair of the North Highland Initiative (one of HRH the Duke of Rothesay's Social Enterprises) in 2009. He was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to Agriculture and elected a Fellow of the RSA in June 2007. In 2008 he became an associate of the Royal Agricultural Society.  
David still turns out (occasionally!) on the rugby field and also enjoys playing tennis at club level, skiing and golf. He is married to Joanie and has three children, Jenny Claire and Rob (currently at Merchiston).  

Rob ElliotRS Elliott: Robert, a Merchistonian (64 - 69) was the first pupil to come to the School from Hong Kong. His two sons, Jonny and Nick also attended the School. During his time at School he was capped for the 1st XV and also fenced for the School. He was captain of the Scottish Schools Fencing Team for 2 years and was later captain of the Scottish Fencing Team. He was Scottish Sabre Champion for 12 years and competed in The Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympic Games. He is a director of the Montpelier Group and sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee.


Peter YellowleesPW Yellowlees BA, CA: Peter was educated at the Royal High School and Heriot Watt University and qualified as a CA in 1974. After spending over 2 years in Australia working for KPMG he returned to join Geoghegans, an Edinburgh based firm of CAs and became a partner in 1982. There he was involved in advising a wide range of clients on accounting, audit and tax matters. He was particularly interested in charities and since his retirement in 2010, he has become a trustee of various charities including Merchiston Castle School for whom he is the Finance Convenor. He is married to Lesley and has two children, Sarah and Mark and is interested in all sports, particularly cricket.


Duncan MooreDuncan Moore BSc, PhD: Duncan Moore is a Merchistonian who attended the School between 1972 and 1976. Following Merchiston he went to the University of Leeds and studied Biochemistry and Microbiology before moving onto the University of Cambridge where he completed a PhD in Biochemistry. Whilst at Cambridge he co-founded a molecular diagnostics company which led to a 20 year career in capital markets where he specialised in healthcare companies at the US investment bank Morgan Stanley. Since leaving Morgan Stanley in 2006 he has worked in private equity, backing various healthcare companies in South East Asia as well as in the UK. He is currently Chairman of Lamellar Biomedical which is a Scottish biomedical enterprise based near Glasgow. He is married to Susan Hahn and they have three children. Duncan divides his time between Edinburgh and London.

GTG Baird: details to follow

Andrew ClaytonAG Clayton BA, MBA: Bursar, Secretary to the Governors.