Meet the Team
The Steering Group of Coats Venue, formed May 2017 and specialising in venue design, law, finance, theatre and project management
Managing Director of Henderson Properties Ltd (Commercial Property Landord) and Superior Homes (Kenya) Plc. (Property Developer). Born in Paisley and was educated at Paisley Grammar School and UWS. Has owned businesses based in the town for more than 40 years and he is a past Chairman of Paisley First BID and a former Director of St Mirren FC. As he begins to withdraw from his business interests in Africa, Ian plans to use his experience to benefit his home town.
Career Civil Servant now retired. Held a number of senior management roles in operations, project delivery, culture change, process re-design, policy development and training. Graduated Master of Business Admin (Distinction) – Glasgow University 2000. Awarded OBE in 2008. Advisor to Board of Paisley First BID, member of St Vincent’s Hospice Community Voice Team.
Solicitor in Paisley for over twenty years and partner at MSM Solicitors. Former Chairman of The Wynd Centre and Paisley First, and current Chairman of Paisley town centre’s Business Improvement District.
Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. Director at Milne Craig, Chartered Accountants, Paisley. Over 28 years experience in professional practice advising charities and owner managed businesses on accountancy, taxation and funding matters.
Former MD of Campbell and Co, acquired by Colliers International. National Head of Retail for Colliers Int’l. Founding member, past president of OTRAS now Accessible Retail. Member of The Fraser Report on Scottish Town centres. Member of Scottish Government cross party external advisory panel. President of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. Consultant to Paisley First BID . Past president of Paisley District Amateur Football Association, current vice president of Renfrew Juniors FC.
Independent Sculptor, the seventh Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland. Has executed 6 major monuments in Edinburgh with other works in London and the USA. Professor at UWS, holds two Honorary Doctorates (Glasgow and Paisley), Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a past-Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, Oxford, and a Deputy-Lieutenant of the County of Renfrew.
A leading authority on Highland wear, with over 43 years of experience working directly with all the main Scottish and English tartan weavers. Past Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Tartans Authority, whose main aim is to deliver a Tartan Centre in Stirling. The main driver in the attempt to deliver a Tartan Marque to safeguard Scottish tartan and sporrans in order to preserve, promote and protect Scottish tartans and Highland wear for future generations.
After 28 years in financial services with Bank of Scotland, Rhona joined the fundraising team at Ayrshire Hospice. She then managed the Scottish Enterprise Business Mentoring programme for Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce. Since turning freelance, Rhona has worked on a number of business development projects including management of membership services for Scotland’s Towns Partnership.