Wiston Lodge is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers.
Isobel has had extensive experience of social and political campaigning since the 1960s. Professionally, she was a university lecturer, and is now retired. She was vice-convener of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations for nine years and was on the board of Social Investment Scotland. Isobel and her family were residents of Wiston village for 12 years when the Lodge was run by the YMCA, so knew it well. For the past 30 years she has lived in Biggar. Currently she is also vice-chair of Scottish CND and is on the board of CommonWeal.
George taught at Lanark Grammar for over 30 years and was invited to join the board at Wiston Lodge while serving as a South Lanarkshire councillor, more than ten years ago. The Board placed him on the finance and building committee. He’s volunteered for a number of organisations. These include sports teams while working as a teacher, and has been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for 15 years. He’s been politically active for most of his life, following on from his father being a Japanese PoW. George has a BSc Hons from the Open University, and graduated from Heriot Watt in 1970.
Founder & Trustee
Founder & Trustee
Meg has an agricultural qualification and after marrying and having children, she resumed study at university. She then became a prominent campaigner against nuclear weapons. Meg then worked at the Iona community as a gardener, and came to Wiston in 1994 as assistant director, when it was still owned by the YMCA. She established the garden and organised a series of folk festivals. In 2007 she was part of the buyout team for Wiston Lodge, and took the initial post in charge. Her involvement is inspired by outdoor activities, particularly nature connections, and opportunities for different groups mixing such as music and arts, youth organisations, and events like Quaker or Buddhist retreats.
Ian Edwards trained as an ecologist and has a passion for ethnobotany. He is a research associate of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and member of the Association of Foragers. Ian believes a connection with nature, including gathering and sharing wild foods, helps build resilience in individuals and communities. He has worked on the silviculture of native forests Malawi, studied traditional plant uses in Sulawesi and Australia, and led environmental education projects in Bhutan, Cameroon and the Middle-East, as well as at home in Scotland. He lives with his wife and son in Midlothian and when he is not in the woods he can be found on his bike, paddling a canoe or taming an unruly forest garden.