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Meet the Trustees

Angus Tulloch

Angus Tulloch and his family have resided in the Prestonpans area for the last 30 years.  Throughout this period, he has worked  for the same Edinburgh-based investment management team, specialising in Asian and Global Emerging markets. He is a former member of East Lothian Council’s Education Financial Advisory Committee and of the Commission on School Reform.  Other educational interests include being an ambassador for Columba 1400 and the Scottish Chinese Education Network.  Angus co-founded the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust and its predecessor the East Lothian Pipes and Drums Trust, which have both enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Preston Lodge High School.

“With governments everywhere cutting back on educational resources, it is essential that communities step into the breach and enable their local schools to develop initiatives that both expand overall educational outcomes and narrow the attainment gap. Through their Foundation, Preston Lodge High School is tackling these challenges headlong in an exceptionally imaginative way, and I am very proud to be associated with this venture.”

Gavin Clark

Gavin Clark is head teacher of Preston Lodge High School, and a founding member of the Preston Lodge Learning Foundation.

After attending Cults Academy in Aberdeen, then studying Economics with International Relations at St Andrews, Gavin worked in a wide variety of jobs, travelling a lot along the way, and became a Modern Studies teacher in 1992. Having worked at Musselburgh Grammar, West Calder High School, Dunfermline High School and Dunbar Grammar School, in 2009 Gavin became headteacher at Preston Lodge High School. In his spare time he drags his young sons on long cycle rides, walks a lot, and tries to cook.

“It is an enormous privilege to work with young people, and I’m proud to lead in a school where real learning is the priority. We have staff passionate about innovation, an exciting curriculum, unique events, like our Learning Festival, and our Charitable Trust now has many opportunities to support real change in this school, and in our wider community.”

Colin Yorkston

Colin was born and bred in Prestonpans. He has been a Chemistry teacher in comprehensive schools for over 20 years and initially taught in in the North East of England before returning home in 2004. Colin currently teaches in Edinburgh. He was previously an active member of the Parent Councils at the Infant and Primary Schools in Prestonpans and has been a member of Preston Lodge PC for the last 6 years.

“I am delighted to be involved with the Trust and fully agree with the stated aims to assist in the development of PL as a centre of excellence in learning. I am greatly encouraged by the desire to support staff in their personal development and to actively involve our local communities on this exciting journey. Central to everything though is the desire to improve the life chances of all of our children.”

Shamin Ahktar

Shamin lives in Pencaitland with her partner and their two children.

After studying biotechnology at Abertay University, Shamin was elected President of her Students’ Association and went on to serve as the President of NUS Scotland.

Before being elected in May 2012, she had spent most of her career working in the voluntary sector, including more than a decade with SCVO, the national umbrella body for Scottish charities. She is also a long standing trade unionist and a member of Unite the union.

Shamin currently serves as the Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Children’s Services, a position she has held since May 2012. She is also Chair of the Council’s Education Committee.

Douglas Clarke

Douglas Clarke is the Financial Controller of EMMS International, an Edinburgh based international healthcare charity. A chartered accountant by profession, Douglas spent twenty years in corporate banking with the Royal Bank of Scotland before taking up the position of Finance Business Partner in 2012 with the Glasgow based charity, Scottish Association for Mental Health, and subsequently moving to EMMS in 2015.

Douglas is married to Nicola and they have two sons in full time education. He plays tenor saxophone in the Heart & Soul Swing Band and (occasionally) either tenor sax or clarinet in the Preston Lodge Big Band. Douglas is also Treasurer of Longniddry Parish Church.

“Education is the key to success in our young people,” says Douglas, “and the Preston Lodge Learning Foundation complements the outstanding work done by Preston Lodge High School in preparing its students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their adult lives.”

Peter Ford

Peter has been involved with Preston Lodge for many years, first becoming a member of the old school board nearly 25 years ago. As a former local government councillor he has worked with many different members of staff and pupils over the years. Peter is a local businessman and has stayed in the area for 30 years.

“There is real value in pupils taking that chance and grasping the educational opportunity, at Preston Lodge every effort is being made to build a totally inclusive school capable of providing the best. Everyone should be given the right of a diverse education no matter the background they come from”

Peter has two grown up sons, four grandchildren, when he finds time he’ll be at the Pennypit supporting Preston Lodge Rugby Club.

Robin Hill

Robin Hill is minister of Gladsmuir linked with Longniddry, and a Preston Lodge High School chaplain. Born in Glasgow in 1964, he attended Hyndland Secondary School then Glasgow University, where he studied law. A doctorate in terrorism was followed by four years working at St Andrews University. From 1994-99 he edited the Church of Scotland’s magazine, Life and Work, before ministry training.

Married to Ailsa, a person-centred counsellor, they have two adult children, Katie and Michael – both proud PL alumni. For fun, Robin writes and arranges big band music and runs The Heart & Soul Swing Band, a gospel R&B group whose concerts raise funds for the Church of Scotland HIV Programme.

“Being part of the charitable trust has reinforced for me what a wonderful place PL already is,” says Robin. “It is really great to be working with the school community to help build a vision for an exciting future.”

Willie Innes

Willie Innes first entered local government in May 1988 as a member of the former East Lothian District Council.  A Labour Party councillor, he currently represents Preston/ Seton/ Gosford on East Lothian Council.  He was elected Leader of the Council in May 2012. Councillor Innes has chaired the Planning, Environment, Social Work and Housing committees and is a former Cabinet spokesman for Education and Community Services.


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