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About The Ericht Trust

The Ericht Trust is a 'not for profit' charitable organisation, which focuses on community development and regeneration in line with Scottish Government policies on community empowerment. It is a member of Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS). DTAS provides support to its members and a link into a network of the many comparable Trusts working for the benefit of their communities across Scotland. Being part of this bigger family gives strength to the organisation when voicing opinion or seeking support from Government and Local Authorities.


The object of the Trust is to stimulate a range of community projects which will benefit residents and businesses and draw visitors to this area.


The Trust is company limited by guarantee and is managed by a Board of Trustees who are elected at an Annual General Meeting, and a Company Secretary.

The current Trustees elected at the AGM in November 2011 are:

Ian Gordon OBE QPM LL.B (Hons) Chairman

A retired Chief Police Officer; he now works as a consultant in leadership and governance.

He is Convener of the Standards Commission for Scotland, an Associate Professor in Policing for Charles Sturt University (Australia) and a Member of the Registration and Conduct Committees of the Scottish Social Services Council.

Bernard Walton

Worked in the Construction Industry from 1956 till 2006. He is a qualified tradesman, architectural technician and project manager. He was the Proprietor for 25 years of a Design and Build Company.

He was a committee member and some time office bearer for 30 years of Blairgowrie Rugby Club.

Dr Jessie Shaw MB.ChB

Worked as a General Practitioner in this community for almost 30 years before retiring in 2009. Involved with Clinical and IT development at NHSTayside level and was lead GP on the new Ardblair premises which opened in 1998.

Currently involved with the community as Chair of One Voice Volunteer Group and Manager of One Voice and Booklore.

Michael Stevenson

Mike brings to the Ericht Trust Board a wealth of experience from working in the energy industry which ranged from electrical engineering to large commercial energy contracts.

He has lived in Blairgowrie for almost 40 years. He is married to Barbara and they have 2 married sons and three grandchildren. Now that he is retired he enjoys leisure pursuits and working in the community.

The Board appoint a Company Secretary who is Malcolm Davidson:

Malcolm Davidson F.C.A.

Trained as a chartered accountant, worked in corporate finance as a director of Samuel Montagu & Co Limited, merchant bankers. Purchased a hotel on The Isle of Mull in 1990, ran this and retired in 2001. Moved to Perthshire in 2005.

Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Blairgowrie.

It is with considerable regret we have to announce that Myra Shearer has resigned as a Trustee of the Ericht Trust.

Myra Shearer

Myra has been a tireless worker for the Trust and the contribution she has made to the Board and the Hill School Project is enormous. Her energy, her astute business sense, her detailed and expert research have all been invaluable and reflect the pragmatic and positive approach with which she tackled all aspects of the Hill School Project. Nothing daunted her and nothing was too much for her to do.

Myra's and Valerie's commitment has extended beyond the Board; over many years they have given that same enthusiasm and determination to bring improvements to the Community of Blairgowrie and Rattray, through their business and their support for other community organisations.

Myra has now decided that it is the right time to step down and allow others to take up the role of a Trustee in the Ericht Trust. She will be missed, particularly during the difficult moments, but we have learned much from her expertise and the Trust is well established to assist with future projects.

Chairman Ian Gordon stated that it is his privilege to simply say, on behalf of the other Trustees and Members of the Ericht Trust: "Thank you Myra, for your outstanding contribution to the work of the Trust and to the Town where you live. We all wish you well in the future ".