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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 Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross in July 2019 after 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. The youngest Lord-Lieutenant to hold the post at 54, the post is non-political.

As Her 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 heads up a family of seven hotels and is the fifth generation in his family to do so. Since taking the helm in 1994, Stephen has marshalled more than £100 million of investment to transform Crieff Hydro into the leading resort it is today whilst expanding the business to include hotels in Peebles and Glencoe.

Stephen is Chairman of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA), the acknowledged lead tourism industry group, which leads on industry matters and acts as the ear and the representative, the voice of the industry to all.

As well as being an active member of the UK Hospitality Association and former Chairman of the Scotland Committee, Stephen is also a Board Member of the Scottish Chamber of Commerce. He also Chaired the Tourism Leadership Group (TLG) which was responsible for overseeing the delivery of the national tourism strategy Tourism Scotland 2020.

Passionate about and committed to tourism in Scotland, Stephen has received a number of awards. In November 2013 Stephen was presented with the VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Award for his outstanding contribution to this industry.  In 2014 he was presented with The Herald Scottish Family Business Award – Outstanding Contribution and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce / Scottish Business Honours – Entrepreneur of the Year.  In 2015 he was chosen as the Courier Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, in 2018 presented with Business Leader of the Year at the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards and in 2019 was presented with the Scottish Licensed Trade News Award for Industry Achievement.

President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and former Chairman of the Crieff Community Council, Stephen is a Board member of the Crieff Business Improvement District (BID) Steering Group, a Trustee of the Meikle and Paton Fund, a fund which offers preferential rates to Church of Scotland Ministers and their families to enable them to stay at Crieff Hydro and a Director and joint owner with his brother of Strathearn Engineering Ltd – Land Rover specialists based in Auchterarder.

Stephen’s wife Fiona is a Director of Crieff Hydro and Head of Projects and Interiors, who with the 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 David Noble OBE Vice Lord -Lieutenant
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After two years at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, David spent 11 years in the Black Watch and then had a career in the Scotch Whisky industry.

He was Director of The Scottish Game Fair from 2010 to 2016.  He is a trustee and Scottish Chairman of The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and is Vice Chairman of Trustees of The MacRobert Trust.

He has served as a Regimental Trustee of The Black Watch and has been Chairman of Trustees of Poppyscotland and of The Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association.

He was awarded OBE in 2014, is a Deputy Lieutenant of Perth & Kinross and is a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers). 

David is married to Squibbs and has two married daughters.

Lieutenant Colonel Andy Middlemiss BEM DL
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WITH HIS GRANDFATHER’S WW1 MEDALS

Andy is a 4th generation soldier – he was in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers for 33 years, serving all over the world, including 3 Far East tours in Malaysia and Borneo.

Andy has worked as a volunteer for over 20 years for the Perth and Kinross Branch of SSAFA –The Armed Forces Charity, helping serving and ex serving members of the armed forces, and their families, in a wide variety of ways. He was awarded a BEM in the New Year 2021’s honours for this work. He has led several tours to the WW1 battlefields. He is a member of Kinross and District Rotary Club and is a Vice President of the charity helping servicemen’s children - the Royal Caledonian Education Trust- RCET.

One of his sons is in the Scots Guards, one a doctor in New Zealand, and he has six grandchildren.

His wife, Jo, is a life coach, relationship counsellor, and runs a charity, helping women in very rural areas of Ethiopia. She was awarded an MBE for this in 2020.

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 DL
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Born and brought up in Perth, Alex trained as a jeweller.

She has also been fortunate to have enjoyed a number of secondary roles, mainly within the charitable and property sectors but also in events, horse racing and as a TV and film extra.

She combines her passion for travel with charity work abroad having spent time in Belize, Sierre Leone, Kenya and Nepal. She continues to host charitable events at her home as well as offering exclusive accommodation.

Alex is Chairman of The Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust.

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 has spent twenty years as a trustee of 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 to be involved in a project such as this. This scheme has since received two National Architectural awards.

I am currently involved in both a leadership and grass roots role in this Pandemic time 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. We recognise 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, 57, 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.

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