HM The Queen
Lord Selkirk of Douglas PC QC
James Selkirk became a Scots Advocate late in 1968, and he practised for six years full time. He became an Officer with the 6th/7th Battalion Cameronians in 1961 and later joined the 2nd Battalion of Lowland Volunteers and went on the Less Active List in 1974, having reached the rank of Captain.
In 1972 he was elected as a Councillor in Edinburgh in a By-election. Later in October 1974, he was elected as MP for Edinburgh West, whose constituents he served until 1997. Between 1987 and 1995, he served as a Scottish Office Minister, as Parliamentary under Secretary of State and from 1995 to 1997 as Minister of State. In 1997 he was made a Life Peer, and between 1999 and 2007, he served as an MSP in the Scottish Parliament.
He was appointed by HM The Queen to be The Honorary Air Commodore (HAC) in 1995 to The Maritime HQ Unit, and later as a HAC to the newly constituted No 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron. He remained as HAC for 20 years. He was appointed for two terms: The Lord High Commissioner to The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland in 2012 and 2013. He was appointed President of The Scottish Veterans Garden City Association in 1997, which is now referred to as Veterans Housing Scotland. He married The Hon. Susan Buchan on 24th August 1974, and they have four sons and two Granddaughters.
Group Captain Bob Kemp CBE QVRM AE DL
Bob Kemp was educated at Paisley Grammar School and the Royal College of Defence Studies. As a fast jet aviator, he commanded the Royal Air Force Peace Keeping Force in the Lebanon, leading to the Wilkinson Sword of Peace.
Following 20 years of regular air force service, he joined a large high technology engineering company to be the Director of Media and Communications. Commissioned into the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, he rose to become Inspector of the Force and 'Aide de Camp' to Her Majesty The Queen, a post he held for seven years. He was decorated as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
A former Director of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, he was responsible for the Fund's strategic direction in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He recently retired as a Trustee of Haig Housing and as a Director of Erskine Hospital.
He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, the Life President of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Association, a Lay Consultant for both NHS Education and Defence Medicine. He serves on the Lay Committee of the Royal College of Physicians. Bob brings a wealth of experience working with veterans to Veterans Housing Scotland.
Bob was appointed Chairman in March 2021 and is supported by a Board of Trustees who bring a wealth of experience and skills across a broad range of sectors to VHS.
Gordon Michie is currently the Head of Fundraising and Learning at Poppyscotland, which he took on in July 2016.
His primary responsibilities centre on leading a fundraiser team to raise the organisation's voluntary income, including the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal. During his tenure, he has overseen the significant commemorations surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Armistice's signing, D-Day 75 and VE Day 75. The Education & Learning and Volunteering functions also fall under his remit. He has spearheaded a multi-million-pound HLF and Libor funded project.
Before joining Poppyscotland, Gordon spent 16 years working in fundraising agencies. He was involved in developing UK and overseas charities' individual giving programmes in senior director roles. Before this, he was a fundraiser for the organisation now known as Worldwide Cancer Research. He began his working life in the RAF, serving from 1988 to 1995 with postings in England, Germany and closer to home at RAF Leuchars in Fife.
Outside work Gordon is married with two grown-up daughters.
Gordon was appointed treasurer in March 2021.
Robert worked for over 40 years in various commercial and corporate banking and risk management roles across the UK before retiring in 2017. During his working life, he was involved with the Institute of Directors, the CBI Regional Committee for Northern Ireland. He held several Non-Executive Director positions in the Voluntary sector.
He is a strong advocate of lifelong learning. He holds a primary degree in Business Studies and master's degrees in Organisation and Management and in Marketing and latterly completed an MBA in Banking and Finance. Since leaving financial services, he has spent time pursuing his passion for studying military history, which included volunteering with the Stobs Military Camp research project in the Scottish Borders.
Previously a reservist with the Royal Artillery, he now volunteers as a caseworker with SSAFA.
"It has been a privilege to be so actively involved in an organisation that has, for over one hundred years, providing a secure environment for so many of our veterans who are disabled. During my time with Veterans Housing Scotland, I have seen the Charity evolve as it responds to our Veterans' changing needs and the wider sector in which we operate. I am very confident that with the active support of our Veterans and their families, our volunteers, our staff and all of our stakeholders, we can look forward to the future with optimism."
Major Del Hamilton
Major Del Hamilton joined the Army in June 1985. He has served with numerous regiments and corps throughout his career, giving him a diverse outlook and approach to military life. When commissioned, he undertook a spell in the Army in Scotland HQ working in the logistics and welfare environment throughout one of our Armed Forces' most turbulent times, Op HERRICK in Afghanistan.
He saw at first hand what was required for our soldiers concerning veterans housing. He moved on to take up the post of the Officer Commanding the Scotland and Northern Ireland Personnel Recovery Centre in Edinburgh, which acts to enable the swiftest return to duty or smoothest transition to civilian life of our wounded, injured and sick service personnel.
"I have personally witnessed over several years the absolute requirement for veterans housing to assist our service personnel with disabilities. Veterans Housing Scotland is a brilliant organisation, and I feel compelled to help in any way I can."
Peter is the Managing Partner of the Scottish Practice of Odgers Berndtson Peter leads on commercial search activities in Scotland and handles many of the firm's most senior appointments. Peter is an experienced headhunter, having operated in the UK, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. His areas of expertise lie at the board level in the financial services, industrial and consumer sectors. Previously, Peter spent six years in Dubai. He worked for another global executive search firm and led its technology and consumer practice in the Middle East and North Africa.
Before this, Peter was based in Shanghai with Odgers Berndtson to establish the firm's mainland China presence. Following the successful acquisition and integration of a local search business, Peter moved with Odgers Berndtson to Dubai. Peter began his career in financial services with Newton Asset Management before entering search in 1996. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.
"I am proud to support the work which Veterans Housing Scotland delivers to those in need. The provision of housing and a sense of on-going community for our veterans remains of paramount importance."
Elaine has provided PR and communications support for some of the UK's leading corporate and luxury brands, including Lloyds TSB Scotland, the Gleneagles Hotel, Johnnie Walker Championship, Blythswood Square, Magners Irish Cider, The Black Watch Museum and the Ross Development Trust.
Elaine has, over many years, developed extensive experience within the third sector. She has created and delivered fundraising campaigns and events, including the David Sole Burns Supper, The Muir Maxwell Trust Galas, and 'All About Boobs' Ladies Lunches in aid of Breast Cancer Now. Most recently assisted with 'Lisa's Challenge for Maggie's, which helped raise £1.6M to fund the extension to Maggie's Edinburgh."
Before launching her own business, Elaine had worked for some of the country's leading agencies and brands, such as Charles Barker PR Scotland, United Distillers UK (now Diageo), and Director of Carnegie Sports International.
"I am honoured to be able to help Veterans Housing Scotland. I was brought up to understand the importance of supporting veterans. It is a privilege to be a guardian of a charity that is over 105 years old and continues to provide such essential support."
Alasdair is a senior policy advisor in the Cabinet Office and has previously worked in international and economic development in the British and Australian Governments. He served for eight years in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers and commanded a squadron in his final role. During his time in the military, he deployed globally, including on two operational tours of Afghanistan, where he was awarded a Mention in Dispatches. He is a keen writer and cricketer and will often be found running in the hills.
'Having seen first hand the impact of modern warfare on our soldiers, I am extremely committed to supporting injured veterans to have a better future.'
Major Roland (Ronnie) Proctor MBE OStJ FSASCOT
Ronnie was born and educated in Kirriemuir, Angus. He joined The Black Watch in 1962. As an Infantry Junior Leader, he was based first in Plymouth, then Oswestry. Ronnie served for nearly forty years within and out with the Regiment, including tours as an instructor at Sandhurst, RSM Scottish Infantry Depot and RSM 1 Black Watch in West Germany. He was commissioned in 1984 and carried out several posts, including Transport Officer and Air Operations Officer in South Armagh. Both Technical Quartermaster and Quartermaster with 1BW, 51 Hld (V) and 3BW, also serving on the Staff at HQNI.
On retiring from the Army, he was appointed Assistant Regimental Secretary and Curator of The Black Watch Museum until retirement in 2011. Ronnie currently carries out the duties of Secretary of The Black Watch Association and Honorary Curator of The Black Watch Museum. Elected as a member of Angus Council in 2012 and 2017 and currently Provost of Angus. Heavily involved in numerous Veterans Organisations both locally and Nationally.