The Baird of Bute Society has appointed three new trustees to the board of the organisation.
The existing trustees of the charity, which was formed to honour the achievements of Bute blacksmith Andrew Blain Baird, who undertook the first all-Scottish heavier-than-air powered flight at Ettrick Bay on the island’s west coast in September 1910, by promoting excellence and innovation among today’s young people, will be joined by Professor Dugald Cameron, Lieutenant Commander Tim Forrester RN and Rothesay Acadmey depute head teacher Louise Nicol.
The appointment of three new trustees follows the announcement that Lord Smith of Kelvin, owner of the island of Inchmarnock off Bute’s west coast and chair of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organising committee, has agreed to become the society’s honorary patron.
The three new trustees are:
Professor Dugald Cameron, OBE, DSc, DA, a world-renowned industrial designer and aviation and railway artist. He was born in Glasgow and educated at the High School of Glasgow and later Glasgow School of Art, where he became head of its school of design in 1982 and director/principal from 1991 to 1999.
He is a past visiting professor at the University of Glasgow’s department of aerospace engineering and a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde’s department of design, mnufacturing and engineering management.
He was also chairman of the Prestwick Airport Consultative Committee, honorary patron of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron, honorary patron of the House for an Art Lover, Glasgow and a public member of Network Rail.
Professor Cameron is a fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and a Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society; he also received the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Gold Medal for Education in 1998, an OBE in 2000, and an honorary doctorate of science from Strathclyde University in 2002.
Lieutenant Commander Tim Forrester (Royal Navy), who was born and educated in Arbroath before attending Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1971 as an Ordinary Seaman and was selected for officer training the following year; he saw active duty in conflict including the Falklands War in 1982 and the former the Yugoslavia from 1994-96.
In 1990 he was given command of the offshore patrol vessel HMS Jersey, followed by command of 810 Naval Air Squadron (Operational Flying Training) from 1991 to 1993. He was on the staff of COMNAVSOUTH (NATO) in Naples, Italy from 1994 to 1998.
From 1998 to 2002 he was stationed in Prestwick as operations officer and executive officer of HMS Gannet, and was honorary chieftain of the Bute Highland Games in 2000.
He was stationed in Cornwall from 2003 to 2008 as search and rescue aircrew and operations officer before returning to Prestwick. Since 2009, he has been principal of the Royal Yachting Association Recognised Training Centre and training co-ordinator for the sailing charity Able2Sail.
Louise Nicol, who was born in Glasgow and raised in Erskine, Renfrewshire. She attended Park Mains High School and is a graduate of Glasgow University and St Andrew’s College of Education.
Louise taught English and history at Trinity High School in Renfrew in 1996 before joining the staff at Rothesay Academy in January 1997. Louise has held numerous posts in Rothesay Academy, including acting principal teacher of guidance and principal teacher of English, before becoming depute head teacher in 2007.