Abbotsford puts its trust in teachers with new appointments

Scottish Borders College Principal Liz McIntyre at today's announcment that they are having to cut some jobs at the college.

Scottish Borders College Principal Liz McIntyre at today's announcment that they are having to cut some jobs at the college.

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TWO new trustees have been appointed to the trust which runs writer and poet Sir Walter Scott’s home at Abbotsford near Galashiels – including Prince Charles’ teacher, writes Bob Burgess.

The trust is currently overseeing a £12million regeneration project at Abbotsford House which includes a purpose-built visitor centre, which is due to open next month.

Sir Eric Anderson. Abbotsford Trustee

Sir Eric Anderson. Abbotsford Trustee

Joining the volunteer trust are Edinburgh-born Sir Eric Anderson, a former headmaster of Eton and rector of Lincoln College Oxford and Liz McIntyre, the principal and chief executive of Borders College.

Chairman of the Abbotsford Trust, Lord Sanderson of Bowden, commented: “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to announce such high-calibre appointments.

“The project has come a long way since the trust was formed, but there is still much work to do as we transform Abbotsford into a world-class visitor attraction and centre of learning about Scott and his work.

“We believe that Liz McIntyre and Sir Eric Anderson have the perfect combination of knowledge and experience to make a significant contribution to our work.”

In addition to the £12million already raised, the trust has a target of a further £2.5 million to ensure the project can be completed.

Sir Eric has had a lifelong interest in Scott, who has been the subject of many of his lectures in Britain and the USA.

He’s a Knight of the Thistle, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an honorary member of the city’s merchant company.

For three years he was chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund and he is currently a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and an honorary fellow of the Wordsworth Trust.

He taught Prince Charles at Gordonstoun and Tony Blair at Fettes.

Ms McIntyre is a graduate of the University of Dundee and worked in human resources management in the retail sector before training as a college lecturer and then moving into a management role.

She sits on the Board of Scotland’s Colleges and is a trustee of Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, a member of the Scottish Borders Community Planning Partnership and chairs the Borders Learning and Skills Partnership.

The new trustees will join nine other members of the board, which was formed in 2007, to safeguard Abbotsford’s future.

Abbotsford House is currently closed and will re-open next year following restoration and refurbishment.

The trustees are: Lord Sanderson, Sir Eric Anderson, George Dalgleish, Andrew Douglas-Home, Richard Keen QC, Lucy Maxwell-Scott, Liz McIntyre, Joe Scott Plummer, John Scott, Tony Taylor and John Wright.

The trust’s patron is the Duke of Buccleuch.