About Us

Our People


Lady Caroline Douglas-Home DL MBE FSA Scot

Trained in Rural Estate Management with the College of Estate Management and practised for 35 years in the Scottish Borders.  In retirement works as a volunteer for a number of charities and is a Trustee of the Scottish Episcopal Church Nominees. Appointed MBE for her voluntary services to the British Red Cross and Macmillan Cancer Support.


Professor John Hume OBE CIES FSA Scot Hon FRIAS Hon FRSGS

Honorary Professor at the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews. Former Chief Inspector of Historic Buildings with Historic Scotland. Former Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Adviser to the Church of Scotland General Trustees. Author of Scotland’s Best Churches, and an acknowledged expert on Scottish ecclesiastical heritage.


Dr Tristram Clarke MA PhD Chairman

Archivist in the National Records of Scotland since 1984, with considerable experience of delivering public engagement and access, as well as historical interpretation, exhibitions and online content.  An historian with expertise in the sources for the history of Scottish churches and architectural history, as well as Scottish family and local history. Author of a doctoral study of the history of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1987), and several related articles.


Anthony Bennett  BA (Hons) PGDip MA

Director of Development at the Churches Conservation Trust with responsibility for communications, fundraising, marketing and membership, and a national strategic remit to develop CCT’s Arts, Visitor Experience and Tourism.  Previously Director of Development at World Wide Fund for Nature and held similar roles at The Art Fund and English National Opera. Graduate of Glasgow School of Art, with an MA in Public Art and Architecture from the Chelsea School of Art.


Jocelyn Cunliffe MA DipArch RIBA FRIAS FRSA

A partner of Gray, Marshall & Associates, Chartered Architects, since 1987.  RIAS conservation accredited architect at advanced accredited level.  Chair (2009 -present) of the Conservation Committee of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).  Long-standing member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS), including elected Council Member, 2011 - 2017, and Forth & Borders Group Convener 1999 - 2011.  Trustee of the Mansfield Traquair Trust from 1997 and of the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) from 2011.

Isla Duncan

Former designer, project and estate manager with Edinburgh College of Art and latterly with the University of Edinburgh. Major part of career with the Property Services Agency, the government’s building development and maintenance department. Projects included Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Adam House, New College and Reid Concert Hall. Trustee of the Mansfield Traquair Trust.


Dr Robin Evetts MA (Hons) PhD

Former Senior Inspector of Historic Buildings with Historic Scotland where he represented the Agency on a number of Church building related bodies, including the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust, Church of Scotland Committee on Church Art and Architecture, and the Scottish Stained Glass Symposium.  Former trustee of the St Andrews Preservation Trust. Trustee of the Fife Historic Buildings Trust and Cambo Heritage Trust, and a member of the grants committee of Scotland’s Churches Trust. Author of a doctoral thesis on the 19th century architectural development of St Andrews.


Simon Green MA FSA FSA Scot

Investigator with Historic Environment Scotland’s Buildings Survey Section. Formerly Investigator with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).  Revised Hay’s Architecture of Scotland’s pre-Reformation Churches 1560-1843. President of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland. Formerly Hon Secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Formerly Executive Committee Member of Scotland’s Churches Scheme and Reporter to the Church of Scotland Committee on Art and Architecture.


Chris Kenny MA FRSA

Chief Executive of MDDUS, a leading mutual medical indemnity organisation. Previously a senior civil servant, a director of the Association of British insurers and Chief Executive of the Legal Services Board, the overarching regulator of legal services in England and Wales. He is also an independent Governor of Sheffield Hallam University.


Professor John Richardson MA DPhil FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Edinburgh, where he was Professor of Classics from 1987 to 2002 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Provost of Arts, Divinity and Music from 1992 to 1997.  Priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church and an Honorary Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral Edinburgh; convener of the SEC’s Committee on Canons from 1994 to 1999 and from 2004 to 2008.


Dr Matthew Withey MA (Hons) PGDip PhD

Curatorial Manager for High Life Highland, leading the curatorial teams at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and the Highland Folk Museum. Former positions in curatorial and operational management at the Brontë Parsonage Museum; Abbotsford: the home of Sir Walter Scott; the Henry Moore Institute, and the National Galleries of Scotland, as well as academic research roles at the University of Glasgow, English Heritage and the Glasgow School of Art. Key member of the project team for the redevelopment of Abbotsford from 2011 to 2014. Doctoral thesis on the Glasgow City Improvement Trust, 1866-1910 (University of St. Andrews, 2003).


Leslie Burgher BArch Dip Arch RIBA RIAS

Conservation architect based in his home islands of Orkney. Architect for the award-winning restoration of the SRCT’s St. Peter’s Kirk in Orkney. Author of the RIAS guide to the Architecture of Orkney. Honorary Consul for Norway in Orkney, Chair of St Magnus International Festival and former Chair of Orkney Heritage Society.


Rebecca Cadie BArch Dip Arch RIBA RIAS

RIAS conservation accredited architect and director of ARPL Architects since 1999. Member of the London Diocesan Advisory Committee (1992-98) and Diocesan Architect for the Scottish Episcopal Church Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway since 2005, currently chairing the Provincial Buildings Committee. Episcopalian representative to the Church of Scotland Committee for Art and Architecture. Architectural adviser to Scotland’s Churches Trust. Vice chair and trustee of Glasgow City Heritage Trust.


Robin Kent BA (Hons) Dip Arch MA RIBA ARIAS AABC IHBC

RIAS conservation accredited architect and co-director of Robin Kent Architecture & Conservation. Specialising in listed buildings, scheduled monuments, buildings in conservation areas and other historic structures, monuments and sites, as well as new design in historic contexts. Extensive experience in the conversion and rehabilitation of redundant historic buildings to appropriate new uses, helping conserve and enhance them and enable their sustainable economic use. Former senior conservation architect with Historic Scotland. Member of SPAB and IHBC.



RIAS accredited conservation architect and an architectural historian. Member of the Ecclesiastical Architects’ and Surveyors’ Association. For ten years a Diocesan Architect for the Scottish Episcopal Church and served two terms on the Church of Scotland Committee on Artistic Matters. President of the RIAS 1995-1997, Member of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland 1996-2003 and a Commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland 1997-2005. A member of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland 2003-2009, and appointed an external member of the Historic Scotland Advisory Committee 2012-2015. Honorary architectural adviser to Scotland’s Churches Trust and Highland Historic Buildings Trust. Trustee, Cawdor Maintenance Trust, Scottish Lime Centre Trust and Knockando Woolmill Trust.


Alastair Keatinge

Head of Charities at Lindsays, Solicitors and a recognised expert on Charity Law and Charity Governance.


Victoria Collison-Owen MA (Hons)

Director of SRCT since 1999 with overall responsibility for the operation of the trust and its seven churches, including repair and thematic projects. Experienced in the sustainable regeneration of historic buildings in collaboration with local communities.  Managed the trust’s principal conservation projects at St Peter’s Kirk, Orkney (£250k) and Cromarty East Church (£1.2m) and major grant-funded repairs at Tibbermore Church, St Margaret’s Braemar, and Kildrummy Kirk.


Rosemary Mann BSc (Hons) MSc

Part-time administrator and finance officer.  Secretary of the Mansfield Traquair Trust, Administrator of the Building Limes Forum, and a member of the grants committee of Scotland’s Churches Trust.

What we do

The SRCT identifies churches at risk through lack of use, closure, or sale. We assess them for their architectural and historical significance to see which are of greatest importance to Scotland’s heritage. Most churches will be significant in some way or another – not least to the people who have worshipped there – and almost all will be capable of being reused in a positive way.

We identify those churches which need our particular expertise because of their cultural value. Safeguarding the finest churches requires a careful balance of conservation and regeneration: protecting the most important aspects of a building and at the same time giving a new life and purpose.

The SRCT takes ownership of these important historic churches and works with the local community and heritage professionals to make strong social, cultural and economic assets. We build connections between people and place and create a sense of ownership and pride in the environment. We do this by devolving everyday care of our churches to local people while providing the essential support and expertise needed to maintain buildings of national importance.

At the core of what we do is the preservation of Scotland’s rich heritage, but the churches in our care are not simply museum pieces and we want them to be used and enjoyed by people. We also want to pass them on to the next generation to use and enjoy, and to do this our churches must be sustainable.

For some of our churches sustainability can be achieved through developing low-impact uses such as cultural and community events which work well alongside tourism. These require little or no physical changes can generate sufficient income for a small building that is in a good state of repair to be maintained. Other churches present a greater challenge because of their scale, condition or location. In some cases it may be necessary to adapt all or part of a building in order to achieve sustainability. This is always done sensitively and appropriately and on the basis of a thorough understanding of the significance of the church and its history.

The SRCT makes all its churches freely available to everyone to visit, learn from, and enjoy. We want our churches to be beautiful and useful places that make a difference to people’s lives no matter who they are.


Who we are

The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust (SRCT) was established in 1996 and is a registered charity (SC024407) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (SC162884). It is one of only five UK organisations recognised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as being dedicated to taking redundant places of worship of national importance into care. The SRCT is a full member of the Future for Religious Heritage - the European network for historic places of worship. The Trust is recognised by the Architectural Heritage Fund as a Building Preservation Trust (BPT), and is a member of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts (APT). As such, the Trust operates within the well-established framework of the BPT movement whose fundamental aim is the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings. Through APT, the SRCT is affiliated to the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) and is a member of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS).

The SRCT is a secular organisation that serves all denominations and faiths.

The SRCT does not receive statutory funding. Funding for the work of the organisation and the churches in our care comes from grant applications, donations, and legacies. Income generated by or donated to individual churches goes to sustain those churches and not for any other purpose. 



Contact Us

If you require further information regarding the work of the SRCT or would like to make a donation to the Trust or one of its churches, please contact:

The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust
15 North Bank Street

T: 0131 563 5135
M: 07780 682961

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The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust

The SRCT has recently changed its name to Historic Churches Scotland.  A new website for the organisation will be available shortly.

We are a charity that saves historic churches at risk. We work with communities to secure the future of their churches through expert conservation and creative regeneration.



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