Wiston Lodge is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers who bring years of experience, a wealth of knowledge and most importantly a passion for driving Wiston Lodge forward to realise our vision.
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
Trustee Elect - to be confirmed at next AGM
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.
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.
Treasurer and Trustee
Bill Crook trained in youth and community work at Manchester University. He has over 35 years’ experience of community learning and development. His experience covers fieldwork, outdoor education and management. Bill has worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, in England and Scotland. Projects under his management have received UK and European awards and articles in government publications highlight these projects as areas of good practice. Bill was involved in a study in northern Norway with Children in Scotland to look at outdoor kindergartens and the challenges of education in rural settings. His role as an associate assessor for HM Inspectorate of Education led to numerous inspections of youth and community work throughout Scotland. He retired as head of service for Shetland Islands Council and now lives in Edinburgh with his partner. He is an ordained Zen Buddhist, a founding member of Earth Holders Edinburgh and an active environmental campaigner.