Blythswood Care
Our Trustees

Blythswood Trustees

Blythswood trustees ensure that the charity has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with its vision to transform lives through the impact of education, community action and the promotion of the gospel.

David Laing

Chairman

David practised as a solicitor in Scotland for forty years and now acts as a business consultant to a range of clients across all sectors. His formal involvement with Blythswood began in 1982 when Blythswood promoted a public company to buy Blythswood’s portfolio of property and lease it back to the charity at a nominal rent. In addition to his consultancy work David is a non-executive trustee of Tyndale House the Cambridge based Biblical studies research institute, a vice president of The Scottish Bible Society, a trustee of Trinity Forum Europe and an elder of Chalmers Church Edinburgh. He is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.

David Laing

Chairman

David practised as a solicitor in Scotland for forty years and now acts as a business consultant to a range of clients across all sectors. His formal involvement with Blythswood began in 1982 when Blythswood promoted a public company to buy Blythswood’s portfolio of property and lease it back to the charity at a nominal rent. In addition to his consultancy work David is a non-executive trustee of Tyndale House the Cambridge based Biblical studies research institute, a vice president of The Scottish Bible Society, a trustee of Trinity Forum Europe and an elder of Chalmers Church Edinburgh. He is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.

Murray McCheyne

Trustee

Murray McCheyne is one of our trustees located in the north of Scotland. Along with his family he is based in Inverness, where he works as a solicitor in private practice serving clients all over the Highlands and Islands. He is a member of a Church of Scotland church plant and is chair of a community council in Inverness. Amongst his passions he lists travel (especially in the Highlands) and music. As far as Murray is able to trace his lineage, he thinks he is related to the famous 19th century preacher associated with revival in Dundee whose name he is proud to share.

Murray McCheyne

Trustee

Murray McCheyne is one of our trustees located in the north of Scotland. Along with his family he is based in Inverness, where he works as a solicitor in private practice serving clients all over the Highlands and Islands. He is a member of a Church of Scotland church plant and is chair of a community council in Inverness. Amongst his passions he lists travel (especially in the Highlands) and music. As far as Murray is able to trace his lineage, he thinks he is related to the famous 19th century preacher associated with revival in Dundee whose name he is proud to share.

Lorimer Gray

Trustee

Lorimer Gray has been married to Moira for forty-nine years and lives in Nethybridge near the Cairngorms. Lorimer trained (but disliked it) as a Quantity Surveyor, switched to HR with Caterpillar Tractors in Uddingston, then similarly with Thompson Regional Newspapers in Edinburgh and Reading, and then eventually for thirty-six years as CEO of the Abernethy Trust’s Christian Adventure Centres across Scotland. For three years, after retiring, he worked to mobilise the church in Scotland through More Than Gold 2014 serving the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Lorimer now serves on various Christian Trusts and Boards plus full involvement with his local church in Nethybridge. Lorimer’s family include three married offspring, seven grandchildren at final count, all living in Scotland handily near airports.

Lorimer Gray

Trustee

Lorimer Gray has been married to Moira for forty-nine years and lives in Nethybridge near the Cairngorms. Lorimer trained (but disliked it) as a Quantity Surveyor, switched to HR with Caterpillar Tractors in Uddingston, then similarly with Thompson Regional Newspapers in Edinburgh and Reading, and then eventually for thirty-six years as CEO of the Abernethy Trust’s Christian Adventure Centres across Scotland. For three years, after retiring, he worked to mobilise the church in Scotland through More Than Gold 2014 serving the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Lorimer now serves on various Christian Trusts and Boards plus full involvement with his local church in Nethybridge. Lorimer’s family include three married offspring, seven grandchildren at final count, all living in Scotland handily near airports.

Carole Gordon

Trustee

Carole Gordon is a counsellor with a particular interest in young people. She is currently working in a senior school and local counselling service. Trained as a primary teacher, Carole is a volunteer member of the Children’s Panel and has volunteered with various Christian ministries. She is mother to three adult children and lives in Cairngorm National Park with her husband. Her passion is to help guide young people to experience physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Carole Gordon

Trustee

Carole Gordon is a counsellor with a particular interest in young people. She is currently working in a senior school and local counselling service. Trained as a primary teacher, Carole is a volunteer member of the Children’s Panel and has volunteered with various Christian ministries. She is mother to three adult children and lives in Cairngorm National Park with her husband. Her passion is to help guide young people to experience physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Pamela Lyall

Trustee

Pamela Lyall trained as a solicitor with McGrigor Donald and then joined Dundas & Wilson in 1986, was made partner in 1992 and headed up the Insurance Litigation team also qualifying as a Solicitor – Advocate in 1996. Pamela was accredited as a mediator in 2000 with CEDR and since then was involved with Core Solutions, latterly as Director of Mediation. Since December 2014 she has been operating as an independent mediator. She is the mother of four adult children aged between twenty-one and thirty years and is actively involved, with her husband Ian, in the life of the church at Central, Edinburgh.

Pamela Lyall

Trustee

Pamela Lyall trained as a solicitor with McGrigor Donald and then joined Dundas & Wilson in 1986, was made partner in 1992 and headed up the Insurance Litigation team also qualifying as a Solicitor – Advocate in 1996. Pamela was accredited as a mediator in 2000 with CEDR and since then was involved with Core Solutions, latterly as Director of Mediation. Since December 2014 she has been operating as an independent mediator. She is the mother of four adult children aged between twenty-one and thirty years and is actively involved, with her husband Ian, in the life of the church at Central, Edinburgh.

Iain Gillies

Trustee

Iain was born and raised on the Isle of Skye. He attended university in Glasgow and has practised as a chartered accountant in the city for over 30 years. He has served as a trustee of Blythswood since 1982. Iain is also a trustee of several other charities and holds a number of non executive directorships. He is an elder in the Glasgow congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. He is married with three sons.

Iain Gillies

Trustee

Iain was born and raised on the Isle of Skye. He attended university in Glasgow and has practised as a chartered accountant in the city for over 30 years. He has served as a trustee of Blythswood since 1982. Iain is also a trustee of several other charities and holds a number of non executive directorships. He is an elder in the Glasgow congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. He is married with three sons.

Stephen Worgan

Trustee

Stephen Worgan is a business change professional, holding several senior IT and business roles in banking and financial services. He currently provides consultancy, coaching and people development to a variety of organisations, including several charities. Stephen is a Debt Coach with CAP UK, a volunteer consultant for the Cranfield Trust and a Director of Stirling Credit Union, for whom he recently led the successful transformation of the IT platform and operating model. He recently completed a term of office as a Trustee, Chair of Deacons and Chair of Church Meetings at Stirling Baptist Church. Stephen is married with two daughters.

Stephen Worgan

Trustee

Stephen Worgan is a business change professional, holding several senior IT and business roles in banking and financial services. He currently provides consultancy, coaching and people development to a variety of organisations, including several charities. Stephen is a Debt Coach with CAP UK, a volunteer consultant for the Cranfield Trust and a Director of Stirling Credit Union, for whom he recently led the successful transformation of the IT platform and operating model. He recently completed a term of office as a Trustee, Chair of Deacons and Chair of Church Meetings at Stirling Baptist Church. Stephen is married with two daughters.