John Gilruth – Chair
Former Director of Housing & Social Care for Perth & Kinross Council
Lesley Martin – Secretary & Vice Chair
Lesley is a Consultant and Doctoral Researcher and experienced planner and economic development practitioner with considerable local government management experience in city and rural areas. She has produced many land use and economic development strategies and action plans, and developed auditing and performance management systems. Her work has encompassed related fields such organisational change programmes; responsible business/CSR; and sustainability and environmental issues.
Lesley now integrates her knowledge into consultancy work, specialising in strategy development, action planning, contextual analysis, research, and stakeholder engagement. She combines this with part-time doctoral study, focusing on implementation processes. Lesley also commits to various voluntary activities including building inclusive growth and citizen participation movements; and providing professional support to third sector organisations.
Lesley’s interest in PP?PF is founded on her commitment to the principle of seeing people with convictions as citizens and what this means for government policy and practice.
Stuart has been the Chief Executive of St Andrew’s First Aid since November 2008 and was instrumental in establishing the training and supplies business as a standalone social enterprise. A qualified accountant and lawyer, he previously worked as the Deputy Chief Executive of the urban regeneration charity Gorbals Initiative, with responsibility for business and community development and with the National Audit Office as a value for money consultant attached to the Department of the Environment and Scottish Office.
Stuart has a keen interest in politics and current affairs, including a Masters degree in Social and Public Policy. He was until recently a regular club cricketer (represented Glasgow at district level and obtained a Blue from Glasgow University) and is still an occasional chess player and general sports enthusiast following various (usually unsuccessful) teams in cricket, football, rugby and basketball.
Dan Gunn OBE
Dan joined the Scottish Prison Service in 1975 as an Assistant Governor and has been since 1988 the Governor of 5 prisons. These included Governor of Barlinnie Special Unit, Greenock, Polmont, Edinburgh and Glenochil. He was a member of the SPS Board as Director of Operations at SPS Headquarters. He is a graduate of Aberdeen, Birmingham, and Glasgow Graduate School of Law. When a Governor his corporate responsibilities included Equality and Diversity, Health Promotion, Learning Skills, Family Involvement and Restorative Justice.
Externally he has been Vice Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO) since 1999.When Governor of Polmont YOI, he contributed a chapter to “Meeting Needs, Addressing Deeds – Working with Young People who offend” and he has participated in two Council of Europe workshops on Youth Crime in the Ukraine and Russia.In 2205 he was part of the UK delegation to the UN Committee on Prevention of Torture in Geneva.
He received a Butler Trust Travel Award in 1992 for setting up the HNC in Prison Studies for prison staff, and in 2008 was awarded an OBE for public and voluntary service.
Married with two daughters, he has lived in Dunblane since 1996.He is an Elder in the Church of Scotland and currently Presbytery Elder.In that latter role he has also recently served as an Interim Moderator.
Former Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
Dr Marguerite Schinkel
Lecturer (Sociology), School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
After completing a hotel management course in London Michael moved to New York in 1964 and joined Hilton International. He worked in Canada, the Caribbean and then Hong Kong. managing the 800 room HK Hilton and then General Manager of the 1000 room Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay. He then joined Mandarin Orient Hotels in 1976 based in Hong Kong and developed luxury hotels in Manila, Jakarta, Macau, China, Singapore, Vancouver and San Francisco and worked in China assisting Chinese parties to expand their hospitality infrastructure to meet the needs of an emerging global tourist market.
Michael attended the 1980 Stanford University Executive programme in California in the company of 200 other business executives from around the world. In 1996 he become President and CEO of Renaissance International Hotels a publicly listed company with 149 international hotels in America, Europe, S.E.Asia and China. In 2005 Michael provided consultancy services to the Jumeirah Group a luxury hotel company based in Dubai and in 2007 was appointed as a non-executive director from which he retired in 2010.