The Governors are an important part of our school community. Their primary responsibilities include making strategic decisions, such as investments in resources, and ensuring that statutory obligations are met. All Governors operate on a voluntary basis. Any correspondence with Board members should be routed through Iain MacDonald (Bursar) who is Clerk to the Board. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Farrar has been on the Board of Governors of Craigclowan since 2007 and became Chair in early 2015. He also assists the Board and the school with remuneration and marketing. He brings to the Board a wealth of experience from the commercial and marketing world having worked with The Edrington Group since 1989 where he is currently the Group Sales & Marketing Director, Chairman of Highland Distillers and Chairman of the Board of the Edrington/Beam global alliance. Bill is a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Scotland and a council member of the Scotch Whisky Association. He enjoys all sports, both playing and watching his three children who all attended Craigclowan School.
Ed was appointed Governor in 2012. He is a former Craigclowan pupil and current parent, educated at Strathallan School and Aberdeen University. After graduating, Ed worked in marketing and advertising based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, before returning to Perth to work in his family business, where he is currently a director. Married to Cecilia, a GP partner, their three children all currently attend Craigclowan. A keen sportsman in a former life, Ed played club cricket and rugby in Edinburgh and Glasgow. His interests now include golf, skiing and following Craigclowan’s U9 and U10 rugby teams!
James was educated at Kingswood School, Bath and has an MA in History from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He worked as a stockbroker and financial analyst for nearly 30 years, firstly in London, then in Singapore and finally, New York. He is now self-employed and based in Killiecrankie. He is married with three children who were all educated at Craigclowan. James joined the governing board in September 2003 when his youngest son was in his final year at the school and was Chairman from 2006 until early 2015. He is an enthusiastic cricketer and treasurer of the Breadalbane Cricket Club.
Richard has three children who are currently being educated at the School. He has held a number of senior management positions, most recently as CEO of Capital Risk Solutions, an insurance division of AXIS Capital Ltd. This role took him to Bermuda, Singapore and London. He read Economics and Economic History at Liverpool University and followed this up with an MSc in International Banking Economics and Finance.
David is a former pupil of Cistercian College, Roscrea in Ireland. He is a Fellow of the ACCA and has worked in Pensions, Banking, Media and Technology. David is married to Tracey Cashman, one of our Form 2 teachers. He loves the outdoors and is never happier than when he is in the mountains.
Alex has two children, one still at Craiglowan and one now at senior school. He was educated at Liverpool College and then attended both University of St Andrews and Edinburgh University studying medicine. He has worked in many branches of the discipline both here and abroad but has chosen to remain here in Scotland where he works as a GP partner in Fife. He is an Honorary Consultant in Primary Care at the University of St Andrews Medical School. He has previously been part of the St Leonard’s Junior School Advisory Committee and brings to Craigclowan a wealth of experience in both the business and child protection fields. An avid sportsman, Alex played rugby and cricket at a club level and now coaches his son’s team at Madras RFC.
Helen was recently appointed to the Board of Governors at Craigclowan. She was educated at St George’s School, Edinburgh and Cambridge University. After graduating, Helen taught in several schools before returning to Edinburgh to teach Geography at Fettes College where she is currently Deputy Head and therefore involved in the day to day running of the school and has overall responsibility for pastoral care. Helen is married to Rob and has two teenage girls who are also at Fettes. She is involved in several charitable organisations, is a keen sportswoman, coaching various sports when time allows, and enjoys family time in the Scottish countryside.
Melissa was appointed to the Board in 2016 and brings a mix of legal and commercial experience to the board. After education in Perthshire, Aberdeen and Edinburgh and some time teaching skiing in Canada, she qualified as a solicitor. Melissa worked in private practice for a top Scottish law firm and then in-house for SSE plc. She moved into investment management and is now Head of Commercial Contracting for SSE’s Domestic Retail business. Melissa is a former Craigclowan pupil and her two children are current pupils. Melissa’s keen interest in sports started at Craigclowan and she still enjoys tennis, running, cycling and skiing.
Heather has three children; a daughter and son who have who have now left Craigclowan to go on to senior school and one son who is currently at Craigclowan. Her education began in Perth and her senior schooling was completed at Inverness Royal Academy. From there she went on to study Business and Tourism Management in Aberdeen. Her career has been exclusively with The Scottish Tourist Board/VisitScotland where she held various advisory and managerial positions. Heather is now involved in several charitable organisations and sits on the school's Marketing Committee. She is a member of a Perth Curling Club and Perthshire Ladies Hockey Club. Heather also coaches at the hockey sessions run by Junior Hockey Academy on Sunday mornings at Craigclowan.