Trustees & Staff

The Lamp is run by a Board of Trustees who give their time freely, and are supported by their administrative assistant

Enabling the community to thrive

Jenny Harper

Jenny Harper Chair

Jenny is committed to working with and for the local community, by preserving and maintaining the historic buildings at the Poldrate, which are given free to the community of Haddington and East Lothian. She was involved in the recent restoration of Haddington House and continues to have a keen interest in this beautiful building and its users.

Sarah Donaldson

Sarah Donaldson Vice Chair

Sarah has been a trustee and co-ordinator of Friends of the Lamp since 2013. She was part of the team who worked on the restoration of Haddington House in 2019/20. Over the years she has hugely enjoyed her connection with the Motorcycle Club and participating in several courses run by the PACC. She and her husband have farmed in East Lothian for 20 years. 

Jim Shearer

Jim Shearer Finance Director

Jim joined the Board in 2019 after a 39 year career in financial services. He is committed to ensuring that the buildings at the Poldrate are maintained for the use of the community of Haddington and East Lothian.

Stephen Kay

Stephen Kay Property Director

Stephen is a director and owner at CuthbertWhite Ltd, a commercial property consultancy firm based in Edinburgh. He is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in a space within the Lamp's buildings. He has a young family and is a keen cyclist, hill walker and skier.

Emma Greville Williams

Emma Greville Williams Trustee

As one of the newer Trustees, Emma is keen to carry on and expand the valuable work of the Lamp in the local community. She looks forward to working to ensure the Lamp is in as good a shape as possible to flourish in the face of the challenges of the next few decades, including climate change.

Edward Hocknell

Edward Hocknell Trustee

Edward is most interested in the financial side of things at the Lamp, but he is happy to help anywhere.

Zoe Van Zwanenberg

Zoe Van Zwanenberg Trustee

Zoe is involved in the cultural life of East Lothian and for 5 years was the Chair of the Lammermuir Festival as well as one of its team of volunteer stewards.

John McMillan

John McMillan Trustee

John is (nominated by East Lothian Council to the Board of Trustees) local councillor, Spokesman for Economic Development and Tourism and Provost of East Lothian. Keenly interested in promoting our County, and in building strong communities for people to enjoy and be proud of, where young people in particular can live, learn, work and play.

Gary McGregor

Gary McGregor Trustee

Gary joined the Board in 2020 after a 35 year career in banking. His specific focus within The Lamp is sustainability and he is keen to see us play our part in saving the planet. He is an active sportsman, enjoys participating in local amateur dramatics and also hosts a weekly radio programme on East Coast FM. 

Kim White Administrative Assistant

Kim joined the team in 2021, to support the work of the Trustees and help in the Lamp office. Her background is in economics and she has been involved in a wide range of community activities in East Lothian.


Our History

A brief history of the Lamp of Lothian spanning over 50 years.

Our Affiliates

The Lamp of Lothian Trust has had a long tradition of promoting and supporting an annual series of concerts, including the birth of the Lammermuir Festival. We also support Haddington Garden Trust, to preserve gardens for the enjoyment of the public, and to encourage the study of gardening itself.