About

North Berwick Trust Ltd (NB Trust) is a local charity working to help make North Berwick a great place to be!

– more sustainable, resilient, vibrant, inclusive and equitable.

North Berwick Trust is managed by 12 volunteer Trustees from within our community, supported by 2 part time employees

Working in partnership with others, NB Trust uses its resources to help meet identified community needs and improve the quality of life of the residents of North Berwick. We work to ensure that a ‘North Berwick Forever Fund’ is available to benefit the North Berwick community in the long term.

Through our grant-giving program, we support individuals and organisations in need living or operating within North Berwick. These include –

  • Supporting and enhancing recreational, cultural and sporting activities and facilities
  • Supporting and enhancing educational and lifelong learning opportunities
  • Conserving and enhancing the historic and built environment of North Berwick

NB Trust also offers an annual Young Person’s Scholarship scheme for residents age 16-25 years old.

In addition to its grant programmes, NB Trust is also proudly developing and maintaining 20 hectares of land in the town, for the benefit of the community.

Annual Report

As a registered charity, the Trust submits accounts annually to the office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. You can download a copy of the 2019/20 Financial Statement here

Board Meeting Dates

The North Berwick Trust Ltd meets quarterly. Board meeting dates for 2022 are:

Thursday 3rd March
Thursday 9th June
Thursday 15th September
Tuesday 22nd November

Who’s Who in North Berwick Trust?

Meet the people who run and govern the North Berwick Trust

Sir David Tweedie (Chair)

Sir David Tweedie was educated at Edinburgh University (BCom 1966, PhD 1969) and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant in 1972. After teaching at Edinburgh University he became Technical Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 1978. In 1982 he was appointed national technical partner of Thomson McLintock & Co and later of KPMG. He was appointed to the UK’s Auditing Practices Committee as its Vice-Chairman in 1986 and became its Chairman in 1989. In 1990 he became the full time Chairman of the (then) newly created UK Accounting Standards Board and in January 2001 was appointed the first Chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board. He then led the Board for ten years, retiring in 2011. He is a visiting Professor of Accounting at Strathclyde University and the Management School of Edinburgh University. He has received honorary degrees from nine British universities. He served on the Advisory Board of Cambridge Judge Business School. He was knighted in 1994, awarded the International Federation of Accountants inaugural Gold Service Award in 2011 and was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2013. He was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 2012-13, and was Chairman of the International Valuation Standards Council from 2012 to 2019 He chaired the Royal Household Audit Committee for the Sovereign Grant, for which he was appointed CVO, and was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Scottish Charities, Leuchie House and the ICAS Foundation. He has published four books and over 60 articles, lectures and contributions to books on financial reporting.

What is your favourite place in North Berwick?
The harbour

Dr Libby Morris (Vice-Chair)

TBC

Dr Morgan Flynn

TBC

Jim Goodfellow

TBC

Lesley Kay

I have lived in North Berwick for over 20 years and for the past 17, until my recent retirement, I worked at the Youth Project. During my time here, I have been co-Chair of the Area Partnership, set up the On the Move Group, chaired the Lime Grove Asset Transfer Group and established the NB Community Development Company. I have also served on the Community Council and been Treasurer of a couple of other groups. I am currently a member of the Friends of the Edington and part of the campaign to reopen the hospital. As a Trustee of NBT, I am passionate about the needs of young people and about making North Berwick the best place it can possibly be.

Gordon Moodie​

Gordon Moodie is Chair of the Trust’s Finance Group. Gordon was born in India to Scottish parents and moved around considerably before returning to Scotland. He has lived in North Berwick for over fifteen years. For most of his working life he has been in senior financial roles with a number of commercial companies. Towards the end of his career he carried out several short term financial roles with the Welsh Rugby Union, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and several other firms in Edinburgh.

He is retired for ten years now and fills his time with a variety of interests including golf, travel, learning Gaelic and local history. He has been both Chairman and previously Treasurer of the Coastal Communities Museum. He has been a Community Councillor since 2015.

Favourite place in North Berwick?
Beach from Elcho Green westwards because of the fantastic views and good exercise.

Olwyn Owen

Olwyn Owen is an archaeologist and heritage manager by profession. A graduate of Durham University, her MA thesis on Viking art led to a lifelong interest in the Viking period, Scandinavia and the Vikings in Scotland. She lived and worked in Scandinavia for several years in her early career, and has excavated sites in Norway, Orkney and Shetland, and elsewhere in Scotland. She worked for Historic Environment Scotland for 30 years in a variety of roles, latterly heading the team responsible for protecting archaeological sites and monuments, historic battlefields and historic shipwrecks. As well as being an expert in the Viking period, Olwyn is a specialist in the archaeology of historic towns – which includes North Berwick. She is a prolific writer and editor, with numerous books and papers to her name. She is also an accomplished public speaker and has given many talks and lectures, led tours in Scotland and Scandinavia, and made several appearances on television, including Channel 4’s Time Team. Asked to name a highlight of her career, she says there are so many – but remembers one very special week representing the Council of Europe on a mission to Belarus in 1997 as part of a project to forge Europe-wide cultural links by building a network of Viking sites. She is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and, until recently, she was a Trustee of Archaeology Scotland. Since she retired from Historic Environment Scotland in 2015, Olwyn has played an active role in the North Berwick community and was a Community Councillor from 2016-2018. She has been a Trustee of North Berwick Trust since 2016 and chairs North Berwick Trust’s Grants Group. She also chairs North Berwick Environment and Heritage Trust, under which umbrella she is leading the campaign to conserve St Andrew’s Kirk, Kirk Ports.

Amuse bouche: Olwyn flew gliders when she was young. The first time she went solo, she screamed with joy so loudly that the ground crew thought she was going to crash and called the fire brigade.

Ian Watson

Ian Watson is the Trust’s longest serving Trustee and joined in 1989. During that time Ian has seen the Trust change from landowner and steward to developing the Trust’s now well-established grant scheme. Ian is a member of the Estates and Nominations Groups in addition to attending Trust board meetings.

Born in Edinburgh, Ian has lived in North Berwick since 1958, when his parents moved to live by the sea. This local lad was educated at both North Berwick Primary School and North Berwick High School. After leaving school, Ian started work with a local radio and TV shop. This led to a career working in sound recording and electronics before setting up his own electrical business in 1972. Today, Ian keeps himself busy managing his North Berwick based electrical and security business, Atlantis Security and Electrical Ltd. Ian’s love for his hometown is clear. He is a dedicated member of the community and volunteers his time willingly behind the scenes to support many of the town’s projects. He has been an active member of the Community Council since 1986 and is a past Chair and Treasurer. Ian has been a mainstay of the Christmas lights committee since 1973. Currently Ian is also Chair of both Youth Project and Youth Café.

Fun fact that people may not know about you?
I have always loved music and used to play drums in a beat group in the mid to late 1960’s and I DJ’d discos in the 70’s. I used to run my own music studio, Eastshore, in north Berwick.
I’ve now returned to DJ’ing on the radio, which I love. I do a weekly 2-hour radio show for two internet radio streams, 242Radio and Sescot Radio. This is mainly 60’s music up to the 90’s…tune in Fridays 4-6pm and Sundays 10am – 12 noon.

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