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.

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.

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.

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.

Gary McGregor

Gary McGregor Vice Chair

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. 

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.

Monica Patterson

Monica Patterson Trustee

Monica Patterson is Chief Executive of East Lothian Council.  She joined the Council in 2010 as Executive Director for Community Services. In 2012, she became a Depute Chief Executive prior to taking up her current role in early 2020. Monica is committed to maintaining positive partnerships with communities for an even more prosperous, safe and sustainable East Lothian.

Angus McCallum

Angus McCallum Trustee

Angus McCallum is a Senior Finance and Operations professional, with experience in analysing governance and operational processes. He has worked variously as Finance and Operations Director at LEBC Group Ltd, and Head of Risk and Regulatory Support at Scottish Equitable Plc. Angus is also a Board Member Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and was a Board Member of Fire Exit Theatre. He has a strong interest in the promotion of culture and the Arts.

Abi Elphinstone

Abi Elphinstone Trustee

Abi is a bestselling children's author whose stories have been translated into multiple languages across the globe. When she's not writing, Abi speaks at schools, libraries and literary festivals across the UK, championing the transformative power of reading and encouraging children to write stories of their own. At the Lamp, Abi hopes to build on the creative opportunities for young people within the community. She lives in East Lothian with her husband and three kids.

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.

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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.

What You're Saying

The wonderful buildings made available to us by the Lamp enable us to provide classes and self-help groups in a wide range of arts and crafts subjects in a way which enables our members to develop at their own pace and provides greatly valued social interaction as well as learning. Without the Lamp's support PACC would struggle to recreate the unique atmosphere of the classes in these historic buildings which provide inspiration for many of our members.
Trustee : Poldrate Arts & Crafts Centre