Meet the Board
Almond Valley's board of trustees are unpaid volunteers who ensure the clear direction and sound governance of the charity. They represent a diverse range of experience and interests,
Bill led the creation of the Trust while on the board of Livingston Development Corporation, and has served as Almond Valley's Chairman ever since. He has wide experience in business development and operation, most recently in the hospitality sector.
Charles was a solicitor for 40 years and is now retired. While he was with Livingston Development Corporation he was actively involved in the creation of the Trust. He has been the company secretary ever since. Charles has a continuing interest in local heritage and in the development of the Trust.
Dr. John Sheldon MBE PhD CBiol MRSB
Former Environment Manager, West Lothian Council. Chair - Scottish Landfill Communities Fund WREN Advisory Panel. Chair - Haddington Garden Trust Executive Garden Committee. Former council member Scottish Wildlife Trust and National Trust for Scotland
Married with three children, Graham has served as Head Cashier with Macdonald Hotels for twenty years, and prior to this, worked for twenty years in the Finance department of Livingston Development Corporation
A Livingston resident since 1980, Alison is a Councillor nominated to serve on the board by WL Council, proudly representing Livingston North. A grandmother of three and runs a kiltmaking business in Edinburgh. West Lothian family history covers 6 generations. Alison is interested in history, people and traditions..
A third generation "oil man" with both grandfathers and several other relatives having worked in the shale industry, Jim retired from BP after 35 years service, mainly in the Public Relations sector.
Helping with the development of the Scottish Shale Oil Museum at Almond Valley seemed a natural path to take in my retirement and this has certainly made me appreciate the contribution the entire centre makes to the wider community.
Lianne is a solicitor at a well known Edinburgh firm and specialises in charity law. Born and bred in West Lothian, Lianne has a keen interest in local history and with a young family is a regular visitor to Almond Valley. She therefore brings a mixture of legal knowledge and experience as a service user to the board.
Trustee nominated by West Lothian Council
Livingston born in the late 60's Andrew has literally lived through the development of the new town. Elected to West Lothian council he has represented Livingston village since 1995. He also has a young family who very much appreciate the Almond Valley Heritage centre..
Hugh has been a member of the board for over 20 years, initially serving as a representative of West Lothian Council, where he was the spokesperson on tourism and represented the Council on Edinburgh and Lothian Tourist Board. On leaving the Council in 2007, he continues to serve as a trustee.
Originally a Zoologist, Martin has worked for a wide variety of high growth companies in a range of sectors including renewable energy, education, healthcare and safety. In addition to a broad commercial experience, Martin has specific expertise relating to finance and strategic planning. A keen interest in the outdoors, wildlife and rock-climbing
Alan joined the Royal Navy from school and served for 9 years after which he served 30 years in the Police Service in West Lothian. Now semi retired he lectures and consults in Health & Safety while being Operations Director at Livingston Football Club. Alan has a keen interest in music and has been a DJ since he had dark curly hair which is certainly a few years ago.