About the Perth and Kinross Lieutenancy

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Stephen Leckie Esq
Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross
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Stephen Leckie BA CDir, Chairman and CEO of the Crieff Hydro Family of hotels, was appointed as His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross in July 2019, having been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2012. This he regards as a huge honour and privilege upholding the dignity of the Monarch.

 

Stephen was born and brought up in Perthshire and educated at Morrisons Academy and Strathallan School. He is the youngest Lord-Lieutenant to have been appointed to the post at the age of 54. The post is non-political.

 

As His Majesty’s personal representative in Perth and Kinross, the Lord-Lieutenant role seeks to promote a spirit of co-operation through the encouragement of the voluntary services and benevolent organisations, and by taking an active interest in the business, industrial and social life of Perth and Kinross.

 

Stephen Leckie is Chair and CEO of Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, President of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Chair of the Scottish Tourism Alliance. The fifth generation of his family to run what is now Scotland’s oldest trading registered Company, Stephen has overseen the transformation of Crieff Hydro itself into a leisure resort which competes on the international stage as well as expanding the business throughout the country.

 

The Company now owns six hotels from the Borders to the West Highlands including the iconic Peebles Hydro and Ballachulish Hotels. They also run a number of businesses under management such as the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe and Peel Café at Glentress Forest and work with Taypark House in Dundee. Recent innovations include the acquisition of Highland Safaris near Aberfeldy and building a Gin Distillery & School in Peebles: known as “1881” it is the largest residential gin school in the UK.

 

Stephen’s wider work for the industry has been recognised with several personal achievement awards received from VisitScotland, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce / Scottish Business Honours, Scottish Licensed Trade News and Hospitality Industry Scotland (HIT).

Stephen is a Director and joint owner with his brother of Strathearn Engineering Ltd – Land Rover specialists based in Aberuthven.

Stephen’s wife, Fiona, is a Director of Crieff Hydro and Head of Projects and Interiors, who, with their family of four, share Stephen’s varied interests. Amongst these he numbers classic cars and Land Rovers, highland bagpipes, skiing, trials biking and sailing.

Major Charles Dunphie DL
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A 4th-generation soldier, Charles Dunphie served for 18 years in the Regular Army (Rifles/Royal Green Jackets), which included operational service in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Iraq.

Surrounded by Sergeant-Majors and Officer Cadets, he finished his Regular Army career as a senior instructor, training the Army’s next generation of young commanders at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

He now runs the Scottish office of the Army’s national charity – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – where views from the charity’s office in Edinburgh Castle are a unusual bonus.

Living on a family farm near Blairgowrie, he is married and has 3 children.  An Archer in The Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland, he has been a Deputy Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross since 2012.

Miss Alex Cairncross
Vice Lord-Lieutenant
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Alex was born and brought up in Perth and attended Perth High School. She played the ‘cello in Perth Youth Orchestra and became a Queen’s Guide at the age of 15.

After a course in Business Studies in Dundee, Alex joined her father and uncle in the family business, A&G Cairncross Limited. Before qualifying as a Retail Jeweller, she spent time with George Pragnell in Stratford-upon Avon and Hancocks in Manchester.

In 1993, Alex joined Scottish Hydro-Electric where her most prominent role was looking after the employee share schemes and the directors’ share dealings.

Before her life took a different direction, Alex enjoyed a variety of roles working at events, horse racing and as a film extra. Her charity work has since taken her around the world with organisations such as: Raleigh International in Belize, Mercy Ships in Sierra Leone, Thomas Barnardo House in Kenya, The Waterberg Trust in South Africa and The Little Sherpa Foundation in Nepal.

Appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2016, Alex enjoys working with organisations who apply for The King’s Award for Voluntary Service and encouraging companies to achieve The King’s Award for Enterprise.

Alex is Chairman of The Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust, Ambassador for the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and Patron of Perth Drama Club. In 2023, Alex became one of the first ladies to join The Society of High Constables of the City of Perth and also The Guildry Incorporation of Perth.

When Alex and her husband, David, are not hosting charitable events in their home at Methven Castle, raising significant sums of money to support a variety of good causes, they can be found pursuing their passion for adventurous travel to the remote corners of the globe.

Mrs Susan Jardine Paterson DL
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Susan Jardine-Paterson has been a member of the Perth College Development Trust for many years and sponsors a student each year.

Susan was also a Trustee of Sandpiper Trust which supplies emergency care bags to rural GPs and medical staff all over Scotland Committee and is a keen gardener and cultivates cut flowers for her daughter’s flower arranging business. 

Susan grew up in Dumfriesshire and then moved to Pennsylvania where she lived for ten years after marrying an American and they had two children.

Susan returned to settle in Perthshire when her husband died. Susan is now married to Andrew and is a lover of the outdoors including shooting, stalking, birding and walking dogs.

Chris McIntosh Esq DL
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Chris McIntosh’s early life was spent in Glasgow (Father serving with TA unit there). Thereafter there were many overseas postings – in Africa particularly. His education was at UK Boarding schools - followed by an economic degree at the University of Surrey (Guildford). After 3 years working in corporate advertising, Chris too joined the Army - and graduated from Sandhurst in 1977. Postings to airborne and commando units followed, serving in operational and training theatres across the world. After 19 years, Chris decided to leave the Regular Army and to seek a secondary career in Banking IT. He remained in the TA (now referred to as the Army Reserves) for a further 13 years – when he was obliged to retire in 2013, at the age of 60.

Chris’s civilian IT datacentre career took him to London based banks – latterly spending 15 years with Barclays. A calculated move to the Barclays Glasgow office in 2008 – enabled a return to his beloved Scotland – and the buying of a house in Crieff. Chris continued to work as an independent datacentre consultant, until retirement in 2019.

On arrival in Crieff, Chris joined the Community Council where he served for 5 years. He was also a founder member of Crieff’s Business Improvement District (BID), now rebadged as ‘Crieff Succeeds’. He chaired the ‘Friends of MacRosty Park’ for 3 years – and assisted in the substantial fundraising effort to provide ‘all ability’ play facilities in the Park. He is also a trustee of the Drovers’ Tryst (Strathearn’s friendly walking festival).

Chris is married to Claire, who works part time at the House of Tartan and Valentines (both established Crieff businesses). As a great lover of animals, Chris is involved with the Crieff Branch of the SSPCA and PADS (Perthshire Abandoned Dogs Society). He enjoys all outdoor pursuits – specifically hill walking & ski touring – and is a keen cyclist.

Dr James Kynaston DL
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After a happy experience as a boarder at Durham School, James came north of the border to study Medicine at Dundee university, albeit it was fifty years ago! Thereafter, James spent over thirty years enjoying life as a General Medical Practitioner providing medical services within Perth City and the surrounding area and retired ten years ago. He was pivotal in the development of Palliative Care services within Perth and Kinross and in particular the building of the specialist Cornhill Macmillan Centre, providing specialist palliative care services for Perth and Kinross.

James spent twenty years as a trustee of The Gannochy Trust providing support to charities across Scotland and acted as the Chairperson of that organisation for seven years. During that time the Trust went through a period of development resulting with a focus on giving all young people across Scotland equal opportunities. In addition, the Trust during his time as Chair completed an exemplar ten-million-pound affordable housing scheme of 48 houses using innovative forms of building techniques. It was a real joy for James to be involved in a project such as this. This scheme has since received two National Architectural awards.

Since the pandemic, James has been involved in both a leadership and grass roots role, providing support to people in Perth City centre who are struggling with loneliness, poverty, hunger by giving them a place to come where they are treated with respect and dignity, have someone to talk to and receive essential food. The organisation recognises the longer-term social economic impacts on these people, and that this intervention could act as a prevention.

Charles Gallagher Esq DL
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Born in Donegal, Ireland, Charlie moved to Scotland in the 1960s and has made it his home ever since.  Charlie qualified as a Dental Technician in 1974 and worked for Leishman & Partners Dental Surgeons for fifteen years before buying the dental laboratory element of their business in 1989.  What was to follow was the establishment of Dental Technique Laboratory Ltd, where he has spent the last thirty-two years building the business into one of the top dental laboratories in Scotland.  Owing to his experience in the dental profession, Charlie sat on the Scottish Dental Workforce Review Board from 2009 – 2013. 

A keen sportsman from an early age, he was to excel as a badminton player winning twelve National titles at schoolboy, junior and senior level and would go on to represent Scotland at British, European, Commonwealth and World Championships.  Charlie also played in the Bundesliga in Germany with his team becoming Super league champions and towards the end of his playing career qualified as an international level badminton coach. 

When his badminton career ended, Charlie got his ‘sport fix’ by turning to golf and football.  Becoming a scratch handicapped golfer in short order, he has represented Perth & Kinross on many occasions and has been President of Perth & Kinross County Golf Union.  A firm supporter of St Johnstone FC, Charlie was honoured to be asked to join the Board of Directors in 2004, a position he held for six years. 

Charlie has held several voluntary positions throughout his career as part of the Rotary Club of Perth St Johns, St Johnstone Business Club and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce.  He is currently the Past Moderator of the Society of High Constables of the City of Perth.  In January 2018, Charlie was deeply humbled to be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Perth & Kinross. 

Charlie resides in Perth with his wife Jane.  He has two sons, Ross, a Naval Officer and Matthew, a sports journalist. 

Lord Kinnoull DL
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Charles Kinnoull is a crossbench member of the House of Lords. He serves as Chairman of the European Union Select Committee. He is also Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees and a Deputy Speaker. He entered the Lords in February 2015 and has served on several Select Committees.

Charles is a barrister and was previously at Hiscox Group, a leading international insurer and FTSE 100 company for 25 years. He was a member of the Executive Committee that runs Hiscox for 10 years. During his time at Hiscox he had, among other things, run Hiscox’s continental European offices.

He is Chairman of Culture Perth & Kinross, the Trust that runs the museums and libraries in that part of Scotland. Among other things he is also Chairman of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust.

Charles farms organically in Perthshire, Scotland.

George Fleming Esq DL
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George Craig Fleming was born in Dundee and attended Alyth Primary school before then going to Dollar Academy.

George then went to Agricultural College in Edinburgh gaining an HND agriculture before returning home to work on the family farm which has been in the family since 1876.

Married to Lynne and they have 3 children. George played rugby in Edinburgh and for Perthshire and is Past President of Alyth and District Agricultural Show Soc, past chairman of Tayside and Fife GWCT.

His hobbies include most country sports. 

Jamie Montgomery Esq DL
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After graduating from Exeter University, Jamie served for six years, mostly overseas, with The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) before leaving to take up a career in the City as an investment manager, working in turn for NM Rothschild, Hambros and then Hill Samuel in London and finally Adam & Company in Edinburgh.

On leaving the world of finance, he returned to Kinross to take over the management of his family’s interests in tourism and leisure.

Jamie is currently serving as a trustee for both The Macroberts Trust and the Hopetoun House Preservation Trust and chairs the Kinross-shire Fund, having set it up in 2005.

He also holds a number of company directorships, some in an executive capacity and other as non-executive.

Lady Georgina Bullough DL
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Georgina grew up as a Murray in her father’s family home Scone Palace and after some years spent working in London and Europe, returned to Perth with her husband John in 2003 and built their own home in which to raise their son.  Since then, they have both been variously involved in business, commercial and not-for-profit organisations across Perthshire.

Georgina has previously served as a Trustee on the boards of Horsecross Arts (the Perth Theatre and Concert Hall) and Culture Perth & Kinross (the Perth Museums, Libraries and Art Gallery). She is currently the President of the Perth Pipe Band.

Mrs Jeffy Erskine DL
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Born and brought up in Ayrshire before attending Eastbourne College of Domestic Economy, Jeffy subsequently became a professional cook, cooking for individuals and companies in London and Scotland. Jeffy married her husband, an officer in the Black Watch who came from Kinross-shire. They lived in numerous places including Berlin, Northern Ireland, England, Cyprus, Scotland and Gibraltar and moved to Perthshire in 2018. They have two sons. Jeffy was on the Fife SSAFA committee for a few years and is the Assistant to the Purser Bearer to the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and when not working enjoys gardening, playing golf and looking after her dogs.
James Denholm Esq DL
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Jimmy was brought up in  Comrie, Strathearn  and was schooled at Morrison’s Academy. He studied at Dundee University, graduating in Architecture with a BArch (Hons) degree. He started his career in London, before moving to Glasgow in 1983. He opened his own architectural practice – James Denholm Associates – in Comrie in 1988.

The practice provides architectural services to a wide range of projects mainly throughout rural Scotland with some projects further afield. Denholm Partnership LLP (the name has since evolved) have a long standing & loyal team of 12 architects, technicians and administration staff. Jimmy retired in April 2023 – and now acts in a mentoring and advisory role. The practice continues now in the hands of architects Ellen Webster, Jude Carter and Rod Paul . Jimmy is a member of the RIBA and also a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (FRIAS).

Sheriff Principal Marysia Lewis DL
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After graduating LLB in 1976 from Strathclyde University and training in Glasgow, Marysia Lewis moved to Aberdeen. She worked in local government for five years and was then head hunted to private practice. She joined Ledingham Chalmers LLP, headed the litigation department and remained with the firm until her resignation in 2008 to take up a full-time position in the judiciary,

In 2006 Marysia was appointed as a part time sheriff and two years later was installed as an all Scotland floating sheriff based in Peterhead. In 2011 she transferred to Aberdeen Sheriff Court as a resident sheriff, and was appointed as Sheriff Principal of Tayside, Central and Fife in May 2015. She is the President of the Sheriff Appeal Court. 

She takes a keen interest in education and training. In the mid to late 1990’s she was a diploma tutor in civil court procedure at the University of Aberdeen. In September 2003 she was appointed as a member of the Board of Governors of The Robert Gordon University and in 2007 was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Board.  She was the chair of the Justices’ Training Committee of the Judicial Institute and sat on the Judicial Institute Advisory Committee from autumn 2015 to December 2018. She then served as the Sheriff Principal member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland for 3 years.

Marysia is a Statutory Commissioner of the Northern Lighthouse Board, and is a trustee on the St John’s Kirk of Perth Trust. She serves on the Board of Horsecross Arts (the Perth Theatre and Concert Hall).

Away from the law and academia, Marysia has more than a passing interest in cricket – she passed Level 1 of the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers Examinations and acted as cricket scorer in many junior and low-level cricket matches. She golfs in the summer, skis in the winter and enjoys many countryside activities.

Brigadier Mark P Dodson MBE DL
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Mark Dodson commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders in 1979 and had a thirty six year career in the Army, retiring in 2015.   In that time he saw operational service in Northern Ireland on five occasions, Belize and twice in Bosnia for which he was awarded the MBE.   He commanded the 1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons) from 1998 to 2000.  He served and trained across the UK and around the world in USA, Canada, Kenya, Brunei, Germany, Hong Kong and in the Sultanate of Oman.

Since leaving the Army Mark Dodson has been Chief Executive of Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.  Based in Dundee, but covering the whole of the north of Scotland, he leads a team of seventy crown servants delivering a range of services for the reserve and cadet forces including estate management, employer support, community engagement and cadet force administration. 

Mark is married with 4 adult children and lives near Coupar Angus in Perthshire.  In his spare time, he plays club cricket, bad golf and works his gundog.  In recent years he has been President of the Army Cadet Forces Charitable Trust (Scotland) and a trustee of the Highland Cadet Forces Trust.  He is Honorary Colonel of Aberdeen Universities’ Officer Training Corps and he is also an officer in The King’s Bodyguard for Scotland, The Royal Company of Archers. 

Morris Leslie Esq DL
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Morris Leslie is the Founder and Managing Director of the Morris Leslie Group, which he set up almost 50 years ago from a farm in Rait, Perthshire.  The Group employs over 350 people across 20 UK sites, spanning across Plant Hire, Property and Auction sectors.

Morris is a supporter of a number of local charities including: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) at Perth Airport; the Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) library at Errol Sunday Market; and the UK Men Shed Association (UKMSA) at Perth Airport. He is also a joint co-ordinator of Perth and Kinross’s fundraising for Ukraine Appeal (TASH).

Morris is a keen collector and restorer of classic cars and vehicles, and is a land owner and farmer in Perthshire and Angus.

Duncan Gordon Esq DL
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Duncan Gordon grew up in Blair Atholl, Perthshire and was educated at Glenalmond College. During his time at school, he was never happier than on the sports fields and a keen piper within the pipe band. Keen to explore life outside of Scotland on leaving school, Duncan spent a year travelling and working in Australia and New Zealand, before spending 3 years at Newcastle University gaining a Bsc Honours Degree in Land Economy. At the same time, Duncan was selected into the University Air Squadon (RAF Reserve), based out of RAF Leeming. Duncan received 3 years of world class flying training, allowing him to pursue his love of flying, formed at an early age via his father and grandfather who were both military pilots.

On leaving university, Duncan moved to London in 2000 to establish a career in the City where he continues to work as an Investment Director, managing investments for multi-generational families and charities. Duncan currently works at Sarasin & Partners LLP having joined in 2012 travelling between Perthshire and London most weeks, since moving back from London to his family home in 2016, with his wife Georgie and 3 young children. He now runs the family Partnership managing the diversified range of family businesses, including agriculture, tourism and renewable energy whilst continuing his career in London.

Since his return to Scotland, Duncan has taken up a number of Charitable and Private Trusteeships while also chairing sub-committees involved with deer management groups based in central and western Scotland. Duncan has a passion for sustaining the livelihoods for those in the rural sector and in his local community. He is also the Adjutant of the Atholl Highlanders.

Hon Mrs Catherine Drummond-Herdman
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Born in Perth, Catherine is the twelfth generation of Drummonds to farm at Megginch Castle in the Carse of Gowrie. She studied for two years at college in Dundee and went on to read Environmental Studies at University.

She formed the Scottish Apples group in 2008 which promotes the growing of apples in Scotland. The ancient orchard at Megginch now holds over 380 different varieties of apples and pears, many of which were bred in Scotland. In 2016 she grew Tea from seed and planted it in the walled garden. She lives at Megginch with her husband and four children - three dogs, one horse, several geese and many Scots Dumpy hens!

She was previously a Trustee for the Tay and Earn Trust, is currently a Director for Tea Gardens of Scotland, holds Trusteeships in the Carse of Gowrie Group and Perth College Development Board.  She works closely with the Perth and Kinross Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme on their Starfish Way Initiative, helping young people with ASN develop and flourish through horticultural therapy, based within the safe environment of the walled garden and orchard at Megginch.

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