Staff team

Bannockburn House Trust currently has over 500 members. These members are made up of our volunteers who have organised the various events and other interested members of the public from Bannockburn and beyond.

The Bannockburn House Trust has hired a range of professional contractors and employees to take the project to the next stages of the development master plan

Jim Bennett

Project Director

Project Director, Jim Bennett, has provided leadership in social change organisations, delivering at UK, Scottish and regional levels, over the past 30 years. He’s a specialist in social enterprise and has worked in community land acquisition and management since the 1990s. He was a founder senior member of staff of the £100 million charity, UnLtd. He was also co-founder and Director of the Social Enterprise Academy and of Freedom Bakery CIC. He’s been a Director of the Social Enterprise consultancy, SKS Scotland CIC for the past ten years.

Jim managed the team who completed the business planning for the Bannockburn House community buy out, has volunteered regularly at the House and is delighted to lead the staff team.

Sheila Taylor

Project Support Manager

 Sheila and her husband first got involved as volunteers at Bannockburn House after visiting the house for a friend’s birthday party in March 2019. They became fascinated by the house, its history and the community project.  Their first task was to translate a document about the house for the history team from French to English as they both speak French. Sheila then started volunteering in the gift shop and making gin and tonic marmalade to sell at events to help raise money for the project.

In September 2019, Sheila started as a contractor for Bannockburn House funded by Leader and Heritage Lottery and from April 2020 she was taken on as a staff member funded by the Scottish Government.

Her tasks involve preparing the finance and payroll, the procurement of utilities and services and insurance for the house, submitting claims to funders and generally mucking in wherever is required.

Sheila says, “I absolutely love my job and can’t wait to see what is next for the project”.

Ross Caldwell

Events Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Ross has been the Events Manager at Bannockburn House Trust since last year (2019) as well as Volunteer Coordinator. He had been volunteering since June 2018.

His background is in youth work and events management. For the last 5 years, he worked at Heart and Sound as the senior youth worker at the music and media studios. Ross also Chaired the Sophain Events group for 7 years, which included planning and managing a series of small community events, such as gala & Fete’s as well as gig nights in pubs.

His role as Events Manager sees him working alongside the most amazing volunteers to plan and organise our regular events program that runs throughout the year. Our events calendar has had so many great events happen at the house, our Summer, Christmas & Easter Fayre. Which not only raises funds towards the restoration of the house but brings the public to discover Bannockburn House. 

Ross has enjoyed his journey so far with Bannockburn House and loved to see the progress that has been made to date. One of his own highlights has to be the Illuminations event, which had a fantastic light and sound show projected onto the front of Bannockburn House.

 Andrew Carnegie once said, “There is little success where there is little laughter.“, Ross really feels this is an important value in his approach to work.

On a personal level he likes taking his dogs on their daily walks and spending some time out in the garden and more particularly in his garage, chopping up some wood!

Kate White

Head Gardener

Kate trained in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and has spent the last eleven years working in historic and botanic gardens in Scotland. These include Cruickshank Botanic Garden, Leith Hall (NTS), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the gardens team at the National Trust for Scotland. Most recently she was Head Gardener at Cowden Japanese Garden, Dollar and was involved in the restoration and development of this historic garden.

With a previous career in organic agriculture, Kate is looking forward to getting back to productive growing, working on the CCF project, whilst also learning about what makes Bannockburn House and gardens so special to the local community and the team of garden volunteers.

Ian Young

Operations Manager

Ian has recently been appointed as the Operations Manager at Bannockburn House. Having been born and raised in the Bannockburn village he was well aware of the house and some of its history but had never had the opportunity to view the property. He attended an open day in May 2017 and was amazed and saddened to see the state of neglect of this fine house. From then he was hooked on the house and has been involved ever since.

By the time Ian was retired and had worked his whole career in construction, he was made very welcome. A great bunch of volunteers, and what hard work they had already put into a property that the community still did not own at this time. 

Ian’s main task was to introduce a Health and Safety policy and start some training of our fantastic volunteers. It has been three years since he started volunteering with the project, and what a transformation to the house in that time. This is due to the great work of our volunteers and the foresight of our dedicated trustees.

Ian’s next step is to assist moving the project forward with his involvement with our design team and contractors.

Ian said, “I feel privileged to be involved in our management team and have made so many new friends and met up with some old ones”.

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